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New York woman punched, robbed for wearing respirator mask at store, authorities say
HILTON, N.Y. – Four teens are accused of punching and robbing a woman at a Hilton, New York, business because she was wearing a respirator mask, authorities announced Tuesday.
Deputies responded to a Family Dollar on March 23 for the report of a robbery.
A woman said a group of people confronted her because she was "wearing a respirator mask" inside the store, officials with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said. "The victim was being harassed by the group of people who were stating she was infected with the coronavirus."
As she exited the store, the woman was punched in the face by multiple people and her keys and wallet were stolen, deputies said. The victim sustained minor injuries.
LGBT+ helpline sees calls double as queer people fear being left with abusive families during coronavirus lockdown
An LGBT+ charity has said it has seen a huge increase in the number of calls to its helpline since the coronavirus pandemic started.
The UK-based LGBT Foundation said the number of calls received over the last week was more than double the number received in the same period last year.
Worryingly, the charity said countless LGBT+ people are seeking support as they are stuck self-isolating with abusive family and partners.
They also warned that self-isolation means many queer people have been forced back into the closet, while many more have faced severe financial issues due to the pandemic’s economic fallout.
Gay dancer trapped at home with homophobic Christian parents who think he has an ‘evil disease’
Sam, 23, told the BBC that the coronavirus pandemic meant the tour he was performing on was suddenly cancelled and he was forced to return to his family home.
The gay dancer from Birmingham said: “I saw the career I love disappear overnight, and now I’m stuck in isolation with homophobes.”
He continued: “My mum says that homosexuality is an evil disease and that the devil is making me gay. She loudly prays every day that I’ll be delivered from sin and find a wife.
“I genuinely have nowhere else to go during this mad time, so I’m just putting up with the abuse.”
Coronavirus: American children are dying because of quarantine, doctors warn
Children kept at home due to the coronavirus pandemic may be putting them at greater risks of harm from both accidents and - tragically - abusive parents, according to a doctor.
In Fort Worth, Texas, a sudden surge of child abuse cases has raised red flags for doctors at the facility.
Speaking to Newsweek, Dr Jamye Coffman, the medical director of the Child Advocacy Resources and Evaluation team at the Cook Children's Hospital, said a rise in child-abuse related injuries could be the result of children spending greater time at home with parents amid increased stress levels caused by coronavirus fears.
"I can't say for sure that this is related to [COVID-19]" she said. "I can't say for sure that this isn't just a fluke, but we know that when there's increased stress ... within families there's an increased risk of abuse to children."
Why we must never exalt parents to the point where they become hostile gods in their children's lives. (No one knows what goes on behind closed doors. We celebrate an unknown.) 24-Mar-2020
VIDEO: Thug sucker-punches man who appears to be Asian on Philly street. Victim falls face-first on curb while others cheer attack.
A sucker-punch attack against a man who appears to be Asian was captured on video and shared on social media, according to NextShark, an outlet that covers Asian American News and Asian News.
The video shows at least four males walking down a sidewalk toward another man who appeared to be trying to get into a car. One of the males wearing a dark hoodie and dark pants approached the other man and sucker-punched him in the head. The victim fell face on the curb while the other males in the group cheered the attack.
Police: 3-year-old boy starved to death; brother survived
An Alabama couple who police said didn't believe in doctors could face life in prison if convicted of aggravated child abuse in the starvation death of their 3-year-old boy.
News outlets report Ashley Elizabeth Catron and Frederick Anthony Frink were denied bond Thursday. Huntsville officers testified that the couple's boys were severely malnourished. Prosecutor Tim Douthit said Hendrix Frink died of starvation weighing just 13 pounds (5.9 kilograms). He told the court his 4-year-old brother survived, barely, weighing 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms).
Parents protest vulgar anti-LGBTQ priest appointed to teach pre-teens at Catholic school
Rev. Erik Richtsteig is supposed to become a new youth pastor working with kids ages four to 15 in Salt Lake City’s Catholic schools. But more than 150 parents have signed a petition opposing his appointment after discovering his anti-LGBTQ and misogynist social media posts.
According to New York Daily News:
“In a post on Facebook, the paper noted, the priest said that images shared by LGBTQ individuals in June (Pride month) looked ‘like a gnome vomited.’
He also would not accept any friend requests from people who had a rainbow filter over their picture.”
He has reportedly also followed Facebook pages with titles like, “Male feminists are p*ssies,” “Right wing extremist” and “Obama has to go.”
College kicks out trans student for having top surgery
Las Vegas Man Arrested for Plotting Bombing of LGBTQ+ Bar
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This ‘Straight Pride’ organiser blames her gay son for their bad relationship
Mother of boy found in Denver storage unit pleads to abuse
A mother pleaded guilty Thursday to child abuse resulting in the death of her 7-year-old son whose body was found in a Denver storage unit, in a deal requiring her cooperation with prosecutors who have charged the boy's father with murder.
The plea agreement approved by a judge recommends that Elisha Pankey spend between 16 and 32 years in prison. Prosecutors said she will not be sentenced until after the trial of her husband, Leland Pankey.
Elisha Pankey, 43, did not speak during the brief court appearance aside from answering a judge's questions about her understanding of the agreement.
Previously released court documents revealed she began cooperating with investigators two months after she was charged. The mother told investigators in March that her husband physically abused Caden McWilliams and was not feeding the boy.
Mom Charged After Bringing Deceased Daughter to E.R. Had Son Who Choked to Death in April
3-Year-Old Girl Is Killed by Her Dad After Running Out to Greet Him, Then He Turns Gun on Himself
A community in Florida is mourning the death of a 3-year-old girl who was shot and killed by her father, before he turned the gun on himself.
Cherish Jackson was shot in the head by her father, Terrence Jackson, outside her Escambia County home Saturday afternoon just as he arrived to take her to the store, the Pensacola News Journal, WEAR-TV and WKRG report.
“Cherish ran out to the car crying, ‘Daddy, Daddy,’” one neighbor who witnessed the event told WEAR-TV. “She was all happy to see him.”
Wil Wheaton: As a child, none of the adults in my life listened
Wil Wheaton got candid about what life was like as growing up as a child actor on Friday.
Wheaton, 46, posted a photo of a vintage spread from a late-1980s teen magazine, in which he shared a series of fun facts with fans. However, the caption alongside the picture revealed the hurt he was experiencing at that point in his life.
“This weird kid was so self-conscious about these things, didn’t want to do them, felt awkward and embarrassed by the attention and did it anyway because none of the adults in his life ever listened to him,” the “Star Trek: Next Generation” actor wrote.
Suspended N.J. Police Officer Charged With Murder of 3-Month-Old Daughter
A suspended New Jersey police officer is behind bars in connection with the murder of his three-month-old daughter.
Daniel Bannister, 31, was charged Wednesday in the December 2018 death of Hailey Bannister. Hailey’s mother, Catherine Bannister, 29, was charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
“The nature of Hailey’s injuries indicated an ongoing pattern of abuse,” Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
The Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that Hailey died from complications from blunt impact trauma of the head including skull fractures and subdural hemorrhage.
Cops in One Village Have Been Convicted of 70 Crimes. Here’s What They Had to Say About It.
Woman Burns Children Alive, Kills Self After Being Beaten By Husband
A woman set her two children on fire before killing herself after her husband beat her up. The incident took place Wednesday in Ghaziabad, a city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Police said the woman, in her 30s, poured a combustible liquid on herself and her two children. She then set herself and the young children on fire. While the woman and her 2-year-old daughter died, her 6-year-old son was able to escape and is currently being treated for burn injuries at a hospital.
Local police were informed about the incident by the neighbors. Police arrived at the scene and rushed the three people to the hospital where the mother and daughter were declared dead. Police officer Naresh Kumar Jadon said the boy was in very critical condition.
Man charged with killing girlfriend, 3 children in Georgia
Drunken Dad Arrested After Allegedly Throwing 5-Year-Old Son Into Ocean to ‘Teach Him to Swim’
Monster who left baby girl needing surgery after ‘severe’ sex attack jailed
A monster who left a 1-year-old girl needing surgery after a “severe” sex attack, and then tried to blame her mom, has been jailed.
Alan Kusz, 43, commit the vile offense at the 14-month-old infant’s family home in Ayrshire, Scotland, in April 2018, the High Court in Glasgow heard.
The court also heard how Kusz then tried to blame the infant’s mother for the injuries, which a doctor disturbingly described as the “most severe” he had ever seen.
When cops apprehended Kusz, who was often in the company of the child and her mom, he said that he had left the baby and her mother one evening to walk his dog.
He claimed he only returned when he heard the girl “screaming.”
Another man says he was sex slave at Bronx juvenile detention center
Subway creep busted after someone recognizes his smiling photo
Uber driver busted for sexually abusing young passenger
Court acts against judges for remarks in sex assault cases
He was beaten after being called anti-gay slurs. Now his picture is going viral.
A gay man was was severely beaten by homophobic attackers, and a picture of his injuries is being shared widely on Facebook.
Ryan Williams, 22, said that he and his friends were going to a McDonalds in Preston, England, early in the morning this past Saturday when some people shouted anti-gay comments at them.
“There was a group of people nearby in the street and they started calling me and my friends gay,” he told the Mirror.
“We went over and told them it’s not okay to say things like that.”
The other group of people didn’t take kindly to being told to not be homophobic, so one of them hit Williams in the back of his head as he walked away.
A man cut off his gay son’s earlobe to mark him as an ‘abomination’
Queer teen murdered, partially decapitated in New York
Bullied gay teen convicted of manslaughter in Bronx school brawl
New Mexico parents accused of horrific child abuse, killing pets as punishment
A New Mexico couple has been arrested and accused of horrific child abuse and torture, including boiling puppies alive to punish their children. KOB's Brittany Costello reports.
Mother arrested after 12-year-old fatally shoots twin
Kansas man sentenced to nearly 49 years in toddler's death
New Jersey Woman Accused of Stabbing Identical Twin Sister to Death
California man shoots 10-month-old girl in head after her mother rejects him, police say