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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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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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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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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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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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April 17, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Woodbury Board of Education member who resigned from the post abruptly this year did so after, according to court records, he was charged with giving two minors unspecified medication. Curtis Campbell, 43, was arrested Feb. 24 and charged with distributing prescription drugs to two unidentified minors, child endangerment, and child abuse relating to the drug disbursement, according to complaints filed by the Woodbury Police Department and provided by the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
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April 21, 2012
A Glassboro man was sentenced Friday to three years in state prison for underfeeding his son out of neglect. Peter Morselander, 27, had pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree child endangerment after state investigators found that his then-15-month-old son weighed only 15 pounds, far below normal. He was sentenced by Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson in Woodbury. Morselander's wife, Leah Bozarth, 23, was sentenced to four years in prison last year. - James Osborne
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April 17, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Woodbury Board of Education member who resigned from the post abruptly this year did so after, according to court records, he was charged with giving two minors unspecified medication. Curtis Campbell, 43, was arrested Feb. 24 and charged with distributing prescription drugs to two unidentified minors, child endangerment, and child abuse relating to the drug disbursement, according to complaints filed by the Woodbury Police Department and provided by the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
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April 4, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JUST 3 1/2 HOURS into its first full day of deliberations, a Philadelphia jury convicted a former public-school teacher yesterday of raping his daughter over an eight-year span. Sumo Dukulah, 40, showed no reaction when the jury foreman announced "guilty" to all the charges Dukulah faced: rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, rape of a child, child endangerment and corruption of a minor. Dukulah, who taught at L.P. Hill Elementary School in Strawberry Mansion when he was arrested last April, faces a mandatory minimum of 10 to 20 years in state prison when he is sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Gwendolyn Bright on Aug. 29. He also faces the possibility of receiving a maximum sentence of 64 to 128 years, Assistant District Attorney Branwen McNabb said.
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March 27, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THERE'S NO QUESTION that Joseph Zysk landed the liver-lacerating blows that led to 3-year-old Jason Larkin's death by blunt-force trauma and internal bleeding Jan. 15, 2011. The question for the Philadelphia jury that began hearing evidence in Zysk's trial yesterday is whether he committed third-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter. Zysk, 30, dressed in a blue suit, appeared pensive and often gazed down at the defense table while listening to opening arguments, during which his attorney and the prosecutor agreed that what he did to his former girlfriend's child was horrific.
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January 24, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
COMMON PLEAS Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, who has made headlines and stirred controversy with her rulings in criminal court, has been transferred to civil court. Sarmina, who has been on the state bench since 1998, begins her new assignment Monday. She is on vacation and was not available for comment, her office said. Sarmina, 61, requested the transfer, according to Common Pleas Administrative Judge John Herron. She became one of the city's highest-profile judges when she presided over a number of headline-grabbing cases.
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January 5, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THE ARCHDIOCESE of Philadelphia for the first time yesterday confirmed that it paid the $25,000 needed to bail out Monsignor William Lynn so that he could be released from state prison while prosecutors appeal his recently overturned conviction for child endangerment. In a statement yesterday, Archbishop Charles Chaput said the decision to provide the $25,000, or 10 percent of Lynn's $250,000 bail, was made at "my direction. " "Monsignor Lynn remains on administrative leave," Chaput said.
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December 31, 2013 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams is taking an appeals-court ruling to the state Supreme Court in attempt to keep Monsignor William Lynn behind bars. But Lynn - whose felony child-endangerment conviction was overturned in state Superior Court last week - could walk free any day this week by posting 10 percent of $250,000 bail, which was granted yesterday by Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina. "We can say with great confidence that the way the Superior Court read this law is not how this law is supposed to work," Williams said during a news conference yesterday.
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December 30, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Prosecuting Msgr. William J. Lynn was never going to be an open-and-shut case. As far back as 2005, after scores of alleged victims told a grand jury about being abused by Philadelphia-area priests, prosecutors were divided over whether criminal charges would stick against the archdiocese's former secretary for clergy. "Every prosecutor who looked at it could say, factually, these guys were endangering children," said Will Spade, an assistant district attorney at the time.
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December 28, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse said Thursday that the dismissal of Msgr. William Lynn's conviction on child-endangerment charges was nothing short of a travesty of justice. "What a disgrace," Marita Green, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Voice of the Faithful, a group of activist Catholics, said in a statement. "I don't care whose 'orders' Lynn followed, whether [Cardinals] Bevilaqua's, Krol's, or even O'Hara's. It is appalling that the laws in the state of Pennsylvania have been so ineffective that none of these enablers, facilitators, and cover-upers have gone to jail.
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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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