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CareTaker Charged, Following Toddler’s Death In West Oak Lane, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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Partial Source: ABC 6 News, Philly

March 29th, 2017

 

A woman described as the caretaker of a 2-year-old boy has been charged after the toddler was found dead in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia.

Jedayah Nesmith, 22, is accused of concealing the child’s death and abuse of a corpse, along with endangering the welfare of a child, and recklessly endangering another person.

Police were called to 7100 block of North 15th Street last Wednesday at 7:54 p.m.

That’s where they found 2-year-old Azim Jones-Fearon on a bed. He was described as naked and emaciated.

Medics pronounced the boy dead on the scene.

The circumstances surrounding the boy’s death were not immediately known.

Police say this investigation is ongoing with the homicide unit.

 

Babysitter Takes K-2 & Alcohol, Attempts to Eat Baby


Daytona Beach, FL | Two Florida parents were horrified to discover their babysitter had turned into a K-2-smoking cannibal when they found the remains of their three-month-old child cooked in the microwave.

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After a night out at the movies, the young parents came back home to find a confused babysitter under the influence of alcohol and K-2 who had lost consciousness and was covered in blood in the family’s living room.

Moments later, they made the gruesome discovery when the mother saw something moving behind the microwave door.
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“Only a few hits”

Anna Krutchiev, the 16-year-old babysitter, claims she had brought some K-2 and only took a few hits before she became exceedingly hungry and eventually lost consciousness.

“I just took a few tokes because I was bored and wanted to stay awake,” she told Officer Johnson. “All I remember is that I started getting really hungry, ate some chicken wings and passed out” recalls the police officer, visibly traumatized by the latest events.

Covered in barbecue sauce

The 3-month-old child was found in the microwave, covered in barbecue sauce, and was rushed to Mercy Hospital where doctors do not fear for his life.

“It appears she tried to cook him in the microwave oven but apparently she was unable to do so, and was probably disoriented and lost consciousness moments later,” explained Sheriff deputy James Anderson of the Daytona Beach County Police Department. “Teeth marks were found on the baby’s arms and legs but luckily he is unharmed” he acknowledged, visibly distraught by the whole affair.

The state of Florida has led, for more than a 2 years, the nation in K-2 busts. A recent 2015 state-wide study revealed that more than 30% of adults aged 21 and higher have tried K-2 at least once and close to 50% of respondents believed K-2 should be decriminalized .

Girls Missing in D.C.


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Partial Source: CNN

Two months ago, the Washington Metropolitan Police Department’s new commander, Chanel Dickerson, made a pledge: Let’s find our missing girls.

Now, as the department posts profiles of missing black and Latina girls on its Twitter feed almost daily, members of the Congressional Black Caucus are calling for a federal investigation.
In a letter Tuesday, the lawmakers asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey to “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly, or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.”
“(W)hen children of color go missing, authorities often assume they are runaways rather than victims of abduction,” they added.
Sessions was briefed on the issue Friday, Justice Department spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores said.
“The Attorney General is aware of the reports and is looking into the issue,” she said.
The FBI declined to comment on the matter.
Although Dickerson, who heads the department’s Youth and Family Division, said Friday, that the number of missing girls is decreasing, an outcry on social media has drawn increased attention to the issue this month and triggered the calls for federal law enforcement officials to investigate.
The Metropolitan Police Department recorded 501 cases of missing children so far in 2017, and said 22 cases were open as of Wednesday.
“We have received a lot of media attention and a lot of concern from the public because of the number of releases,” Dickerson said at a news conference on Friday. “There have been concerns that young girls in the District of Columbia are victims of human trafficking or have been kidnapped, or that there’s an increase in the number” who have gone missing.
“And I say this without minimizing the number of missing persons in DC — because one missing person is one person too many — but there’s actually been a decrease,” she added. “There is always a concern of human trafficking, but we have no evidence for this.”
Annual statistics show cases of missing children have remained relatively steady in Washington over the past several years — with 2,222 cases in 2014, 2,433 in 2015 and 2,242 in 2016.
CNN has requested a monthly breakdown of these figures to see how the 2017 numbers compare, but the Metropolitan Police Department did not immediately return requests for comment on those specific figures.
Still, numbers alone do not tell the entire story, DC City Councilmember Trayon White told HLN’s Michaela Pereira in an interview Friday.
“What the community is alarmed about — we had a 10-year-old girl missing the other day, but there was no amber alert,” White said. “We just feel like, you know, if this was a white person or from another neighborhood, there would be more alarm about it.”
“(A)ny time you have a 10-year-old missing for any amount of hours and no one knows where he or she is, that is rules for immediate attention; that’s an alert that needs to be sent out,” White added. “Because the more time that goes past, the less likely we are to find him or her.”
Numbers and Amber Alerts aside, Robert Lowery, a vice president at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said he is grateful an important conversation about missing children is happening.
“I think the narrative is good,” Lowery said. “The more the public becomes aware of this issue of missing children, the more lives that can be protected and potentially even saved.”
While Lowery said the number of child abductions is down across the country, the level of runaway cases seen in DC and other major cities is particularly disturbing.
“Our frustration is, we deal with a very desensitized public,” Lowery said. “The natural inclination (about a runaway) is the child’s behavioral problem is why they’ve left. We also see significant numbers of runway children who are running away from a situation, whether it’s abuse or neglect or sexual abuse in the home. These children face unique risks when they’re gone so we applaud the conversation and we applaud the attention that this issue is being given.”

A Black, Muslim Boy, is Found Hung From A Tree


 

Partial Source: Chicago Monitor, Herald Net, Kuow,

March 3rd, 2017

In late November, young Ben Keita went missing from his home in Lake Stevens, Washington, a small town an hour north of Seattle. “This kid vanished,” a detective told the local newspaper at the time. He was eighteen years old, he had left behind his car, his wallet and cell phone.

He stopped going to school a few weeks before his disappearance.

For more than a month, search and rescue crews combed through the forests near Keita’s home, and the local police department scoured surveillance footage of the city.

Ben Keita was black. He was Muslim. And in January 2017, his body was found hanging from a tree, suspended eight feet– claim-  from the ground.

“He was planning to graduate this year from Lake Stevens High School,” Keita’s father Ibrahim told KUOW. “He was dreaming of becoming a medical doctor and work as a medical examiner. Now those dreams are over.”

Ben Keita’s body was found in the woods near the neighborhood.

Keita’s death was initially ruled a suicide by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Keita’s family maintains that Ben had no history of mental health issues, depression, or anxiety. A few weeks after its initial report, the Medical Examiner’s Office changed the classification of Keita’s death to “undetermined.” Mind you, he was being hung with a rope eight feet- claim- from the ground, and despite the United States’ legacy of lynching of Black people from trees by the same white supremacist groups that are feeling emboldened today. 

In a Trump world, one in which countless mosques have been burned down, Jewish cemeteries vandalized, and immigrants carry fear in their hearts every day, it takes little imagination to connect the dots and imagine what could possibly cause the death of a young Black, Muslim teen.

Keita’s parents participated in a press conference Tuesday.

Lab reports are being awaited.

“To be clear we don’t know what happened but we want a comprehensive investigation into his death,” Arsalan Bukhari, the executive director of CAIR-Washington, told BuzzFeed News on Thursday. “This is the death of an African-American Muslim male teenager, and historically, we have had deaths in this manner to minorities that were not self inflicted — it had been inflicted by others.”

In the era between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, thousands of African-American men and women were lynched by white mobs solely because of the color of their skin. “Lynchings were violent and public acts of torture that traumatized black people throughout the country and were largely tolerated by state and federal officials,” according to a report from the Equal Justice Initiative, a Montgomery-based racial justice organization. Tellingly, for example, the Senate never passed any version of the 200 anti-lynching bills introduced at the height of the racial nadir. 

“These lynchings were terrorism,” the report states. Along with Jim Crow laws, they were a tool of reinforcing white supremacy in a time of supposed racial progress marked by the passage of the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth amendments to the Constitution.

Keita’s parents, with support from CAIR-Washington, have asked the FBI to further investigate the circumstances of their son’s death, and asks the public to come forth with any information they might have.

We do not know why Ben Keita went missing more than three months ago, and we don’t know why this happened.

We do know that the circumstances of Keita’s death invoke the memory of a long history of racial violence — a history that we might be able to forget most days, but one that resurfaces in the face of our collective amnesia.

In recent weeks, we’ve already seen our president engage in what could be selective grievance. President Trump and his administration are quick to mourn the victims of brown Muslims — hours after the news broke of an attack in front of the Louvre in Paris, the president tweeted about a “radical Islamic terrorist,” urging the United States to “get smart” on its immigration policy, in loud, capital letters.

Yet Trump’s reaction to the murders of six Muslims in a Canadian mosque at the hands of a white supremacist speaks to us through the smoke screen. The shooter is reported to have been a fan of the president and his far-right policies.

Where were Trump’s trademark, caps-lock heavy tweets condemning this violence? Nowhere to be found.

And his silence on the murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an Indian man killed at the hands of a white supremacist “Get out my country,” the shooter in a Kansas bar yelled at Kuchibhotla and his friend– men he mistook for being Iranian.

 

The violence has to stop.

Rest in Power, Ben Keita.

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