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November 9, 1986 | By Richard V. Sabatini, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Wissinoming man who held police at bay Monday for an hour and a half after an argument with his wife, has been charged with aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. Edward Devlin, 52, of the 5800 block of Tulip Street, was taken into custody without incident about 11:20 a.m. when he surrendered to Police Inspector Charles Farrell, head of the Northeast Police Division. Police blocked off the 5200 block of Tulip Street shortly before 10 a.m., after a neighbor telephoned police saying Devlin had barricaded himself inside his residence and had a gun. Police found Devlin's wife, Margaret, 36, at the neighbor's house and learned from her Devlin was alone in their home.
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January 14, 1993 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Port Richmond father accused of leaving his four children in an unheated car while he went drinking at a Bensalem nightclub last weekend returned to work yesterday after being freed on $15,000 bail on charges of endangering the welfare of children. Meanwhile, relatives said the children - ranging in age from 4 to 11 - had returned home to their parents, Michael Axten, 35, and his wife, Mary Beckett, 31, in the 3400 block of East Thompson Street. They had been staying with Axten's sister in Philadelphia.
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November 8, 2012
DOVER, Del. - A Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of child endangerment and assault. Melvin Morse entered the plea at an arraignment Wednesday in Georgetown. Morse has written a best-selling book and achieved national recognition for his research into near-death experiences involving children. Police suggested in an affidavit that he may have been experimenting on his stepdaughter, a claim he denies. Morse was arrested in August and charged with conspiracy and five felony counts of endangerment.
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October 21, 2011 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bringing an end to the trials in the 2006 starvation death of 14-year-old Danieal Kelly, a judge Thursday sentenced the disabled child's father and two others to prison. "This was a horrific case," Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart said before ordering 21/2- to five-year terms each for Daniel Kelly, 40; former Department of Human Services social worker Dana Poindexter, 54; and former DHS contractor Mickal Kamuvaka, 62. Kamuvaka was the head of MultiEthnic Behavioral Health Inc., which was paid to place a social worker in Kelly's home twice a week.
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January 5, 2013
LANCASTER - A Central Pennsylvania couple has pleaded no contest to conspiracy and child-endangerment charges that stem from the death of their infant. The pleas entered Thursday in Lancaster County Court mean that Jose Ricardo Colon and Holly Steffy acknowledge that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict them. Authorities say 4-month-old Sanayah Colon died in October 2009 after sustaining multiple injuries, including rib fractures and two broken arms. She also was very thin.
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September 7, 2011 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Unfinished background reports caused the delay Tuesday of sentencing for three people found guilty in the 2006 death of Danieal Kelly, the disabled teen who starved in her mother's squalid West Philadelphia apartment. Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart told lawyers that incomplete presentencing investigations made it necessary to postpone until Oct. 20 the sentencing of Danieal's father, Daniel Kelly, 40, and two others. "Just like in this case, bureaucracy seems to get in the way constantly," said Minehart, referring to personnel problems and policies in the Department of Human Services that caused neglect reports to go uninvestigated until after Danieal Kelly died on Aug. 4, 2006.
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September 18, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Philadelphia day-care worker was arraigned Monday on charges of assaulting 11-year-old girl and her 2-year-old brother under her care. Genel James, 57, of the 5700 block of Chestnut Street, was being held on $100,000 bail on charges of child endangerment, reckless endangerment, and simple assault in connection with an alleged incident Sunday morning at Future People Day Care Center, 30 S. 57th St. Police said that after the children were...
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August 7, 2012 | By Mensah M. Dean and Daily News Staff Writer
A PHILADELPHIA judge on Monday denied bail to Monsignor William Lynn, the Catholic priest who was sentenced last month to serve three to six years in state prison for his role in enabling another priest to sexually abuse an altar boy. After a brief hearing, Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said Lynn, 61, had no constitutional right to receive bail while his case is being appealed. Lynn, who served as secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, was not at the hearing.
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August 30, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Javier Merle told police he had a gun - a 9mm semiautomatic pistol - and kept it "inside the sofa where children could not reach it. " No one told that to 4-year-old Javier Jr., who found the gun last summer while his parents were outside their Kensington house and fatally shot himself. On Wednesday, Merle, 26, pleaded guilty before a Philadelphia judge to involuntary manslaughter in a case that will keep him behind bars at least five to 10 years - and maybe decades longer. In a barely audible voice, Merle pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, possession of heroin with intent to deliver, three firearms counts, and child endangerment.
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August 15, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
DOVER, DEL. - A Delaware pediatrician who achieved national recognition for his research into near-death experiences involving children may have been experimenting on his 11-year-old stepdaughter by waterboarding her, police said in court documents. The possible link between Dr. Melvin Morse's research and the waterboarding allegations was revealed in an affidavit for a search warrant for Morse's computers. The document was obtained Tuesday by the Associated Press. According to the affidavit, Morse brought the girl "to a possible near-death state from the simulation of drowning.
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April 29, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The landmark child-endangerment conviction of Msgr. William J. Lynn - the first Catholic Church official found guilty for his role supervising priests in the clergy sex-abuse scandal - was reinstated Monday by Pennsylvania's Supreme Court. Writing for the 4-1 majority of the state's high court, Justice Max Baer said Superior Court erred when it reversed Lynn's conviction because he did not directly supervise children. At issue was whether a 2007 amendment to the child-endangerment statute, which specifically included supervisory personnel as open to criminal culpability, expanded the original 1995 law or simply clarified it. If the amendments just expanded the law, Lynn would have been unconstitutionally convicted for acts that predated the amendments.
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July 20, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charles Reilly was a middle school art teacher and two-term councilman in Pine Hill, a trusted figure in the borough of nearly 11,000 residents. So when a 14-year-old boy told police that Reilly - his favorite teacher - had talked to him in a sexually inappropriate manner, there was backlash. Some residents accused the boy of lying. Online "trolls," as his parents called them, later did the same. But as other students came forward, Reilly's facade of trust began to crumble.
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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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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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September 18, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Philadelphia day-care worker was arraigned Monday on charges of assaulting 11-year-old girl and her 2-year-old brother under her care. Genel James, 57, of the 5700 block of Chestnut Street, was being held on $100,000 bail on charges of child endangerment, reckless endangerment, and simple assault in connection with an alleged incident Sunday morning at Future People Day Care Center, 30 S. 57th St. Police said that after the children were...
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January 11, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Delaware County woman faces charges after allegedly leaving her 6-year-old daughter home alone and going to New York City to shop for the day. School officials called Upper Darby police at 4:16 p.m. last Friday to check on the well-being of Shawn Kersey's daughter. Officers found the girl in deplorable conditions in a dirty apartment. A mattress and electric heater were on the living-room floor, according to court papers. "The place is a pigpen," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael J. Chitwood said.
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January 5, 2013
LANCASTER - A Central Pennsylvania couple has pleaded no contest to conspiracy and child-endangerment charges that stem from the death of their infant. The pleas entered Thursday in Lancaster County Court mean that Jose Ricardo Colon and Holly Steffy acknowledge that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict them. Authorities say 4-month-old Sanayah Colon died in October 2009 after sustaining multiple injuries, including rib fractures and two broken arms. She also was very thin.
NEWS
November 8, 2012
DOVER, Del. - A Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of child endangerment and assault. Melvin Morse entered the plea at an arraignment Wednesday in Georgetown. Morse has written a best-selling book and achieved national recognition for his research into near-death experiences involving children. Police suggested in an affidavit that he may have been experimenting on his stepdaughter, a claim he denies. Morse was arrested in August and charged with conspiracy and five felony counts of endangerment.
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October 20, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A mother who abandoned her newborn baby girl in a cardboard box four days before Christmas last year was found guilty of endangering the welfare of a child Friday but acquitted of attempted murder. Patricia Crawley, 33, of Philadelphia, was also convicted of reckless endangerment and simple assault and acquitted of aggravated assault. She was arrested in February, tracked down by police after a custodian found her child, in a box in the trash outside of Rainbow Day Care Center at 26th and Huntingdon Streets in North Philadelphia.
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August 30, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Javier Merle told police he had a gun - a 9mm semiautomatic pistol - and kept it "inside the sofa where children could not reach it. " No one told that to 4-year-old Javier Jr., who found the gun last summer while his parents were outside their Kensington house and fatally shot himself. On Wednesday, Merle, 26, pleaded guilty before a Philadelphia judge to involuntary manslaughter in a case that will keep him behind bars at least five to 10 years - and maybe decades longer. In a barely audible voice, Merle pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, possession of heroin with intent to deliver, three firearms counts, and child endangerment.
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