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February 9th, 2008

Jeremy Hammel Beats Girlfriend’s Three-Month-Old

jeremy-hammel.jpgIn Omaha, Nebraska, Jeremy J. Hammel, 20, was arrested for felony child abuse for harming his girlfriend’s infant son, Joshua Franklin.

The mom of the three-month-old took Joshua to the emergency room when she noticing that he had not been eating well. Doctors found the boy had seven cracked ribs and a broken leg. The injuries appear to be from one to three weeks old.

Doctors called police to report the abuse. They soon realized that Hammel, the boyfriend of the child’s mother, was the abuser. The mom is not accused of any wrongdoing.

If found guilty, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Two 13-year-old boys are accused of videotaping themselves sexually assaulting two 5-year-olds and a 3-year-old and also taping sexual contact between three young children, according to Lincoln police.

The alleged felony occurred at one of the boys' homes, about a block away from an elementary school, Omaha TV station KETV reported.

Court records show that the tape includes the voice believed to be one of the 13-year-old boys. He talks about making a "sex video."

The victims, police said, are two 5-year-old girls and a 3-year-old boy.

"The videotape obviously contains one incident of sexual contact between the boys and the victims in the case," said Lincoln police spokeswoman Kerri Crosby.

According to court records, the brother of one of the 13-year-old boys found the video. The video, police said, shows one of the 13-year-olds using a device on one of the girls while the other teen was operating the camera. When police later reviewed the tape, an investigator said, it appeared the girl was in pain.

"The sexual perpetrations of one of the victims was a violent act," Crosby said.

The reports show that the video also shows one 5-year-old girl lying on a bed on top of the other 5-year-old. The 3-year-old boy is also on the bed, exposed from the waist down, police reports show.

Court records show that several adult family members also reviewed the tape. When first contacted by police, the grandmother of one 13-year-old boys said the family had not decided if they wanted to involve law enforcement. According to the report, she said she "just wanted to get her grandson help for what he did."

"When the videotape was discovered, there was some concern about what to do with it," Crosby said.

A psychologist from the Child Guidance Center in Lincoln said that about 20 percent of children at the center have had inappropriate sexual behavior. The experts attributed it to a number of sources, including more awareness and reporting of th e problem, pornography on the Internet and children who abuse that are themselves victims of sexual abuse.

"They lose the capacity to recognize appropriate behaviors," said the center's Nancy Mize.


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Blair Will Get New Trial
(Posted 01/20/2007. Written by Chris Goforth. )

A woman whose 22-month-old son died after she left him in a unairconditioned bedroom for two days will get a new trial. The state Supreme Court overturned 23-year-old Brandy Blair's conviction, saying the judge should have told the jury that one option was to find Blair guilty of a lesser charge of negligent child abuse. Instead, only options relating to intentional child abuse were presented. Blair currently is serving 30-40 years after being found guilty of intentional child abuse resulting in death. Christian Reifler died of electrocution in June 2004 after prosecutors say he took a staple and put it in an electrical socket.

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