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August 11, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's Superior Court has set Sept. 17 for oral arguments on the appeal by Msgr. William J. Lynn, convicted last year of child endangerment for his role supervising Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children. A letter setting the date was filed Monday by the intermediate court for criminal and civil appeals. The hearing will be in Philadelphia before a three-judge panel. Lynn's conviction was a landmark: He became the first church official criminally charged for his role supervising Catholic priests accused of child sexual abuse.
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August 26, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Court filings made public Wednesday outline state prosecutors' arguments to proceed with criminal charges against three former Pennsylvania State University administrators for failing to report Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children. Superior Court in January threw out the most serious charges against ex-president Graham B. Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz, and former athletic director Tim Curley - perjury, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy. But prosecutors last week argued that the men can still be tried on charges of child endangerment, failure to report suspected child abuse, and conspiracy to endanger the welfare of children.
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October 9, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chalfont couple have lost custody of their children and are awaiting a criminal trial on child-endangerment charges after their 1-year-old son became sick from ingesting drugs, authorities said. Steven Aprigliano, 48, and Jennifer Jackson, 32, are also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after Bucks County detectives raided their Butler Avenue home and found baggies that were allegedly used to transport heroin, according to court documents. The child-endangerment charges accuse the parents of exposing their 1-year-old and 5-year-old boys to opiates.
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December 9, 2004 | By John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Camden County math teacher who shot nude pictures of a Philadelphia teenager - and was arrested after he tried to develop them at a drugstore - pleaded guilty yesterday to child endangerment. Under a plea agreement, Kim J. Carlos, 49, is to be sentenced to three years in prison with no chance of parole. He is barred from holding any public job and must register as a sex offender. Carlos met the 15-year-old boy at a Center City coffee shop in May 2003, lured the teenager to his home in Laurel Springs, and snapped three nude photographs, officials said.
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July 20, 2011 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 16-year-old mother from West Philadelphia faces charges of child endangerment after her infant son nearly drowned in a bathtub Sunday, police said. The 7-month-old baby was admitted to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in critical condition around 10 p.m. Sunday. He remained hospitalized Tuesday, police said. Police did not release the name of the mother because she is a minor. The teenager told police she was bathing her son and left the room briefly to get a towel from the basement, at least one story down.
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January 20, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Lansdale mother of three was arrested and charged with child endangerment Sunday after two of her children, ages 5 and 8, wandered into a Kulpsville restaurant cold, hungry, and begging for something to drink. The next day, the woman allegedly was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Lansdale, and on Wednesday, she was arrested again. She was held in the Montgomery County prison on DUI and other charges, with bail set at $25,000. Staffers at Pudge's Steaks & Hoagies, 1555 Sumneytown Pike, reported the two lost children to Towamencin Township police about noon Sunday, according to Chief Paul T. Dickinson.
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November 2, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police have arrested on child-endangerment charges two Upper Darby women who they say kept two young boys barricaded in a roach-infested house. The boys, ages 8 and 9, had not been to school in months, had no clean clothing, and had not eaten in about two days, Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said Thursday. They could not tell police where they were or even their own names. Chitwood said Delaware County Children and Youth Services workers had visited the home, on the 8000 block of Lennox Road, at least a half-dozen times in recent months, and no one answered the door.
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July 31, 2001 | By Brendan January INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A state Superior Court judge has agreed that a Cherry Hill couple should be tried separately on charges of child endangerment, prostitution and witness tampering in a case that grew out of an investigation into the 1998 death of a 3-year-old girl in their backyard pool. Dorina Pizio, 51, and her boyfriend, Martin Hunsinger, 54, were playing host to a Memorial Day party when Samantha Wand drowned. Samantha's father, Michael Wand, was smoking a hallucinogen, PCP, and pleaded guilty in June 2000 to endangering her welfare.
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August 25, 2016 | By Susan Snyder and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
In a filing to a judge last week, state prosecutors argued that they should be allowed to proceed with a trial for Graham B. Spanier, the former Pennsylvania State University president accused of child endangerment in the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal. Days later, Spanier's lawyers countered that the memo did nothing more than "sling mud" through "page after page of unproven, sensational allegations. " But identifying that so-called mud, or even the crux of the Attorney General's Office's argument, isn't possible.
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September 3, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
The parents who allegedly "gifted" their 14-year-old daughter to a Bucks County man who got her pregnant have pleaded not guilty to child endangerment. Lawyers for Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus, a Lancaster County couple, waived arraignment hearings that had been set for Friday after entering the pleas Wednesday. Attorneys for Lee Kaplan, 51, the man accused of statutory rape for impregnating the teen, did the same Tuesday. The now-18-year-old female, the two daughters she has had with Kaplan, and her sisters were discovered in his Feasterville house in June.
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August 26, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Court filings made public Wednesday outline state prosecutors' arguments to proceed with criminal charges against three former Pennsylvania State University administrators for failing to report Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children. Superior Court in January threw out the most serious charges against ex-president Graham B. Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz, and former athletic director Tim Curley - perjury, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy. But prosecutors last week argued that the men can still be tried on charges of child endangerment, failure to report suspected child abuse, and conspiracy to endanger the welfare of children.
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August 25, 2016 | By Susan Snyder and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
In a filing to a judge last week, state prosecutors argued that they should be allowed to proceed with a trial for Graham B. Spanier, the former Pennsylvania State University president accused of child endangerment in the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal. Days later, Spanier's lawyers countered that the memo did nothing more than "sling mud" through "page after page of unproven, sensational allegations. " But identifying that so-called mud, or even the crux of the Attorney General's Office's argument, isn't possible.
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August 16, 2016
Two women were charged Sunday with child endangerment after they left an infant in the backseat of a sweltering car while they shopped at a Bensalem Target. Authorities said the 1-year-old spent about 15 minutes inside the vehicle, where temperatures had reached more than 115 degrees, before an off-duty Philadelphia police officer spotted the child and using a tool managed to pry the door open. He was tending to the child when police arrived at the store on Rockhill Drive about 3:30 p.m. Katia Hernandez, the child's aunt, and Patricia Diaz, the child's grandmother, said they forgot the infant, police said.
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July 22, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
An Overbrook woman who police say admitted punching her 3-year-old son in the stomach in anger after he messed up the bathroom has been ordered to stand trial on murder charges. "I didn't think I hit him hard enough to do that," said Isabeth Cruz, according to Homicide Detective Joseph Bamberski, who testified Wednesday at her preliminary hearing. Bamberski said that during her May 5 questioning, Cruz said her son, Christian Torruellas, had defecated in his pants and then went into the bathroom, where he made a mess trying to clean himself.
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July 17, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
A judge lowered bail Friday for Savilla Stoltzfus, the jailed mother of a teenager found living in a Bucks County home with a man accused of raping and fathering children with her, but her attorney said she will stay in prison. Bucks County Court Judge Jeffrey L. Finley reduced bail from $1 million to $250,000. Stoltzfus would have to post 10 percent to get out of jail. "It's still too high," said Craig Penglase, her attorney, saying Stoltzfus did not have "any financial resources.
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April 10, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The judge said the presentencing report describing Edward Golphin's childhood was "one of the worst I've ever seen. " Born to a crack-addicted mother, no father present, sexually molested - and regularly beaten with a belt, hangers, and shoes - it was surprising that Golphin had no juvenile arrest record, said his lawyer, Michael E. Wallace. But ultimately, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley agreed with the prosecutor that she had to deal with the man Golphin is, and not the abused child he was. On Friday, she sentenced him to 52 1/2 to 105 years in prison for the two years of beatings that killed 4-year-old Seanita Brown.
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December 18, 2015
A Mayfair man was held for trial Wednesday on third-degree murder and child endangerment in the April 25 shaking death of his 3-month-old daughter. According to testimony at the preliminary hearing in Philadelphia Municipal Court, James Foster, 25, called 911 at 5:25 a.m. on April 25 reporting that his daughter, Savannah Foster, had stopped breathing after she appeared to gag on milk and he shook her twice. But Sylvester Juaquee, an inmate who met Foster shortly after his arrest, said Foster told him he killed his daughter because he was angry at his wife for leaving him with the baby, who would not stop crying.
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November 15, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A mentally ill South Philadelphia man who pleaded guilty to fatally shaking his crying 7-week-old son and throwing him to the floor was sentenced Friday to 15 to 30 years in prison. Christopher L. Miller's sentence drew gasps from his family and tears from his father, Robert Berry, who has pledged his support when Miller is released from prison. April O'Conner, Miller's girlfriend and the mother of the dead baby, rushed from the courtroom sobbing. She had described Miller as "the most wonderful person.
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September 6, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The parents of a disabled 3-year-old girl who was starved to death while living in a garbage-filled, vermin-infested West Oak Lane house each were sentenced Friday to 30 to 60 years in prison. Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Sandy L.V. Byrd told Carlos Rivera and Carmen Ramirez that he could not let passion influence his sentence, and credited both for pleading guilty in the face of what would have effectively been life sentences. But the veteran homicide judge could not filter the passion and outrage from his voice when addressing the condition in which the dead girl and her four siblings lived.
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