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Washington DC Area: Child Porn and Abuse Capital of the US

The prevalence of child abuse and using children in porn videos in the United States is of epidemic proportions.   This abuse is coming from people who are close to the children, not strangers.  Fathers, doctors, teachers, school aides, police, etc. all have been involved of instances of abuse and child porn production — not only violating basic decency, but also a child’s trust in those who they should be able to trust.  Almost every day, there is another case of such abuse revealed.  Two cases came to light in just the past few days.

In the first case, a school side, a 22-year-old man, was arrested after he allegedly filmed children performing sex acts on each other at a Maryland elementary school, police say.   Deonte Carraway allegedly “videotaped sexual acts between minors during the school day” at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School in Glenarden, where he was a volunteer teacher’s assistant, the Prince George’s County Police Department said in a news release.  A relative of one of the victims found a nude photo on the child’s cell phone that was sent to Carraway through a social messaging app, according to the news release.  Investigators have identified at least ten victims ranging in age from 9 to 13, according to the news release. Carraway is believed to have “targeted the victims,” the document adds.

Police say they have uncovered 40 videos showing the young children performing sexual acts on each other or alone at the direction of Carraway. He is also believed to have sexually abused some of the children, according to the news release.  The alleged videos were filmed at the school, a municipal center, aquatic center, and in private homes, police say.   Carraway allegedly admitted to his involvement in manufacturing and producing the child pornography, according to the news release. He was charged with ten counts of child pornography, sexual abuse of a minor, and a second-degree sexual offense.

In the second case,  social workers were sent to a home to investigate the man, a licensed foster parent who was later found to be involved with one of the worst child pornography rings. He lived in a two-bedroom house with two adopted sons, a preteen boy for whom he was seeking guardianship, and a neighborhood teenager who had moved in after an argument with his parents.  When questioned, the children denied the abuse. But the tipster, it seemed, had been at least half right. Searching the man’s computer, social workers found two photos of children, unrelated to the parent, posing in their underwear. The pictures had been taken by one of the foster parent’s friends, one of the boys said. Sometimes they spent time with that friend, the boy said.   To these social workers, these underwear pictures were concerning, but they were not concerning enough. Social workers classified the investigation as “inconclusive,” then closed their inquiry, according to Riverside County court documents.  The boys were left in the man’s home. His foster license was left intact.  

Today, that same parent, John David Yoder, sits behind bars, a suspect in what officials have called one of the worst child pornography rings in Southern California in recent years. Yoder and three other suspects have been accused of victimizing as many as 15 children in Desert Hot Springs, including some of the boys that lived with him. Yoder was arrested in February as result of a separate investigation by law enforcement in Nevada. The charges he now faces are nearly identical to the allegations that were reported to the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services shortly before Christmas.  If social workers had acted differently in December, the boys in Yoder’s home could have been rescued six weeks earlier.

Like in Ariana-Leilani’s case, government officials are notorious for ignoring signs of abuse and neglect.

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Mayor Bowser and Chief Lanier: Take Some Action to Save Ariana-Leilani and Other Children in DC

Distinguished columnist Colby King writes that action needs to be taken now on the epidemic of child prostitution and trafficking in the District of Columbia:

“Human trafficking is a cruel and inhumane practice found in countries around the world. So it should come as no surprise that President Obama proclaimed this month National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

“The exploitation and coercion of girls and young women into prostitution, however, is not limited to places overseas.

“Right here in the nation’s capital, our most vulnerable residents — children — are subjected to sex slavery. Their stories don’t make the evening news or even warrant blurbs in your morning paper. But human trafficking is, and has been, a shadowy and seamy part of D.C. life….

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U.S. attorney spokesman Bill Miller told me this week, “Since 2009, about 70 defendants have been prosecuted in [federal and D.C. courts] on charges related to human trafficking . . . including abducting or enticing a child into prostitution.”

“The overwhelming majority of those cases” he added, “resulted in convictions.”

“The U.S. attorney’s office has a large task force and an active outreach program on human trafficking, and is urgently scheduling training sessions with D.C. police and schools. Seven churches are joining the Faith Coalition Against Sex Trafficking in our Nation’s Capital to sponsor a meeting Jan. 30.

“They can’t do it alone.

“Let’s help the president and the prosecutors: Human trafficking is in our region, in the nation’s capital, in your ward, on your block.

“Open your eyes. Don’t look abroad. Look down the street.”

Read more:  Colby King on Child Trafficking in DC

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Neutropenia Risk Prompts REMS for Antipsychotic Clozapine

clozapinelabelThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced changes to prescribing information for the atypical antipsychotic clozapine and a new shared risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) due to continuing safety concerns and current knowledge regarding the risk of severe neutropenia. Clozapine is indicated for the treatment of resistant schizophrenia and to reduce the risk of recurrent suicidal behavior in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders.

The requirements to monitor, prescribe, dispense, and receive clozapine are now incorporated into the new shared Clozapine REMS Program, which replaces the six individual clozapine registries. The REMS program includes all clozapine medicines in order to provide a centralized point of access for prescribers and pharmacists in managing the risk of neutropenia. Starting October 12, 2015, clozapine will be available only through the Clozapine REMS Program.

Important changes to the neutropenia monitoring recommendations and treatment algorithm for clozapine include:

  • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) is the only test result accepted in the Clozapine REMS Program to monitor for neutropenia.
  • If the patient is an outpatient, the ANC must be reported to the Clozapine REMS Program before clozapine is dispensed.
  • If the patient is an inpatient, the ANC must be reported within 7 days of the most recent blood sample.
  • Patients with benign ethnic neutropenia (BEN) can now be treated with clozapine.

This article originally appeared on MPR.

The Pope’s Visits with President Obama Highlights the Pope’s Blessing of Ariana-Leilani

Pope Francis blesses Ariana-Leilani at the Vatican

Pope Francis blesses Ariana-Leilani at the Vatican

As a followup to Pope Francis’s blessing of Ariana-Leilani, in his meeting with Dr. Ariel Rosita King at the Vatican, urging Ariana-Leilani’s safe liberation from abuse, neglect and potentially fatal illness, the Pope has arrived in Washington DC to deliver his message to uplift those who are persecuted and the poor.

We hope that President Obama listens to his messages, and finally takes actions to protect Ariana-Leilani who lives several blocks from the White House in Washington, DC.

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Ariana-Leilani and Other Children of Washington DC Need Protection

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In a recent letter to the Editor of the Washington Post, a Marie Cohen, a social worker, writes about the failures of DC’s Child and Family Services (CFSA) and missing child Relisha Rudd’s, who before she went missing, had been subjected to sexual abuse right under the nose of the Washington DC CFSA (its child protection agency):

Relisha’s family was known to the CFSA. The family had been the subject of several reports. There were numerous indications that the family was in trouble. Relisha’s brothers had frequent behavior problems at school, often a sign of trouble at home. School staff reported numerous warning signs, such as Relisha missing more than 30 days of school, Relisha often arriving for class dirty and Relisha and one of her brothers left waiting at school at the end of the day.

If the CFSA had an open case on the family, a social worker was expected to visit the family at least twice a month. It would have been a social worker’s job to make sure Relisha was okay.

The CFSA has been touting its success in taking fewer children into foster care. The acting director reported proudly this year that 62 percent of the children it serves are at home. That is good news indeed, as long as the children who are with their families are receiving the monitoring and services they need to be safe. Relisha certainly was not.

Like Relisha,  12 year old Ariana-Leilani continues to suffer, but despite clear evidence of abuse and neglect, CFSA refuses to even maintain an open case on her.

Along with almost 5000 signers of Ariana-Leilani’s Petition,  the DC Council and Mayor Bower should take the social workers’ letter seriously, and not only look more closely at Relisha Rudd’s case, but also direct CFSA to maintain an open case for 12 year old Ariana-Leilani.

See full text of Marie Cohen’s letter: Protecting the Next Relisha (Washington Post)

Read More for background:  Relisha.

Chicken That Can Kill

The Trouble with ChickenTo the average person, Salmonella may make the consumer sick, but to a persons with Neutropenia (low immunity) it can be fatal.   As explained in this Frontline expose, Salmonella is present in almost all chicken, and the types now being found in some chicken are resistant to many antibiotics.

Ariana-Leilani’s condition is a ticking time bomb…it is just a matter of time and the District of Columbia government refuses to take action to save her life.

Learn more: Chicken that Can Kill

Sepsis: The Uncontrollable Killer

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Just hours before he fell ill with sepsis and went to the hospital, and never went home.

Ariana-Leilani has been diagnosed with neutropenia — low immunity causing high risk of infection.   Although she can look perfectly normal, a few hours can mean the difference between life and death.   Neutropenic patients are particularly prone to sepsis, which is the most common killer of Americans.   It is an infection can suddenly turned into the life-threatening condition called septic shock.

Most vexing about sepsis is that doctors can only treat the symptoms. They don’t have an effective treatment for the underlying condition — antibiotics don’t work.

One thing that can help is prompt medical attention — especially when an infection is accompanied with some of the symptoms of sepsis, such as confusion, rapid heartbeat, shaking and skin rash.   In a neutropenic patient, like Ariana-Leilani, GCSF is one of the medicines that can boost the immune system.

Read more: Sepsis, A Wily Killer, Stymies Doctors’ Efforts To Tame It

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Congratulation to Washington DC’s Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor Muriel Bowser can save Ariana-LeilaniOn January 2, 2015, Washington entered a new era, with the inauguration of newly elected Mayor Muriel Bowser.    The Coalition urges DC’s new Mayor to take a fresh look at Ariana-Leilani’s situation and provide her the relief she needs from illness neglect and abuse.

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