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Blue Ribbon Campaign

In the spring of 1989, a Virginia grandmother began the Blue Ribbon Campaign as a memorial for her three-year old grandson, who had been murdered by his mother’s boyfriend. She tied a ribbon on her van and encouraged her friends to do the same. By the following year, the blue ribbon had become the symbol for child abuse in the state of Virginia.

The ribbon serves as a reminder of the positive steps that can be taken to prevent child abuse

Today, Child Advocacy Centers across the nation use the ribbon as a reminder of the positive steps that can be taken to prevent child abuse

The spirit of her blue ribbon grew, and it inspired a community based effort to join forces in this tragic battle.

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Please join with us to help end the tragic abuse of children like those below so the children can grow up to view the wonders of Virginia that we have linked to below.  Thank you.

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7-week-old hospitalized, father arrested

06:42 PM EST on Thursday, February 21, 2008

By 13News

PORTSMOUTH -- A seven-week-old baby girl is in the hospital on life support.

 

From Portsmouth Police

Aaron Michael Bennet, suspect

Police say she suffered trauma to her body, but are not releasing the specifics of her injuries.

Around 3:50 p.m., police arrested the girl's father, Aaron Michael Bennet, 31, of the 10th block of Afton Parkway. He is charged with child abuse and neglect.

Bennet's daughter was originally at Maryview Hospital, but was transferred to Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters around 7:00 a.m.

Bennet is currently in the custody of the Portsmouth Sheriff's Department.

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Imani Mone Rodgers

VA - Three-year term ends today for killer of stepdaughter

July 20th, 2007 — Lisa

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By JOHN HOPKINS
, The Virginian-Pilot
July 20, 2007

Donte Young, a Portsmouth man whose crime and punishment - three years in prison for killing his 2-year-old stepdaughter - outraged the community, is scheduled to be freed from prison today, Virginia prison officials said.

In a 2001 plea agreement, Young pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Imani Mone’ Rodgers. He was sentenced to 10 years, but all but three years were suspended. In the plea agreement, prosecutors withdrew more serious charges of capital murder and sexual penetration with an object.

Imani was molested and killed a month after the courts granted custody of the child to Young, a convicted drug trafficker, without conducting a background check. Imani’s death sparked a drive to toughen state laws governing children, foster care, adoptions and the termination of parental rights in cases of abuse and neglect.

Barbara Rodgers, Imani’s grandmother, said Young’s release from prison comes far too soon, but she understands she can’t change the sentence now.

“I don’t think he got enough time,” she said this week. “He’s coming out a free man. Imani’s dead and gone forever. I guess that’s the way the system works.”

Six years ago, the plea agreement between prosecutors and Young angered many in the community and beyond. Prosecutors later added five years to Young’s sentence for a probation violation.

Young, 28, served his sentence at Greensville Correctional Center near Jarratt, according to Larry Traylor, a Virginia Department of Corrections spokesman. Upon his release, Young will receive $25 and a bus ticket, if he needs it, Traylor said.

“It’s unfair to the family for the little time he got,” Barbara Rodgers said. “She was so innocent. She was a beautiful girl.”

Young beat Imani on the morning of May 31, 2000, for wetting the bed. She was brain dead in Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters for days until life support was terminated June 2.

Her injuries included an extensive tear from her vagina to her rectum; head trauma, including contusions to her face and forehead; bruises to her upper arm and thighs; and a bite mark on her left thigh, according to court records.

Weeks before the child’s death, a juvenile court judge had granted custody of the girl to Young, who married Imani’s mother in September 1999. The child’s mother was prohibited from having unsupervised visits with Imani because she couldn’t explain a spiral fracture to the child’s left arm.

Young, who is not Imani’s biological father, was keeping the child at a home in the former Fairwood Homes section of Portsmouth. A social worker was assigned to keep track of Imani’s safety and living conditions.

There were at least eight people living in the house the day Imani was beaten. All initially denied any knowledge of Imani’s injuries or how they occurred. Young hid in a closet when medics and police found the child unconscious on the bathroom floor.

During a police interrogation, Young admitted causing the child’s fatal injuries. He told police his hand may have slipped by mistake while washing her after she had wet the bed.

While in the Portsmouth jail, Young had to be moved to a single jail cell in a Suffolk lockup to protect himself from other inmates. He complained of being attacked by inmates while awaiting transfer to prison.

Four years before Imani was sexually molested and fatally beaten, Young’s 1-month-old daughter was killed. The baby died in May 1996 from brain injuries after suffering multiple skull fractures.

The 15-year-old mother was charged with murder, convicted of felony child abuse and put on probation under the condition that she seek intensive mental health treatment and parenting instruction.

Young, 17 at the time, was not charged with his daughter’s death.

John Hopkins, (757) 222-5221, john.hopkins@pilotonline.c

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1/3/2006   Woman Kills 2 Years Old Adopted Daughter

An American woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder for beating her adopted 2-year-old Russian daughter to death last July, AP reported.

Peggy Sue Hilt choked back tears as she admitted guilt in a Manassas, Va., courtroom.

Police said Hilt lost her temper with the girl inside the family’s home in Wake Forest, and said she acknowledged shaking Nina Hilt, dropping her to the floor, kicking her and punching her in the stomach and back.

The next day, the family left for a trip to Manassas to celebrate the Fourth of July. The girl collapsed and died after riding in the car for four hours.

Hilt’s guilty plea allowed her to avoid a possible first-degree murder charge. She faces up to 40 years in prison when she is sentenced May 25 in Prince William Circuit Court

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Police Identify Father, Son Killed in Murder-Suicide

July 14, 2006 - 3:07pm
McLEAN, Va. - A former Commerce Department official killed his 12-year-old son and himself early Friday following an apparent domestic dispute, police said.

Police found the bodies of William Lash III, 45, a law professor at George Mason University and a former assistant secretary of commerce, and his son William IV inside a first-floor bedroom of their home following a barricade that lasted more than six hours, said Mary Ann Jennings, a Fairfax County police spokeswoman.

Lash's wife called police shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday and told them her husband and son were barricaded inside the home, Jennings said. Shortly after officers arrived, they heard two gunshots inside the home. SWAT officers surrounded the house after the gunshots were fired, and residents were told to turn their lights off and stay in their basements.

After trying to reach Lash for several hours, police entered the home at about 3:45 a.m. and found the bodies. Both had been shot in the upper body with a shotgun that was found nearby, police said.

Police said in a statement that a preliminary investigation indicates it was a murder-suicide.

Neighbors said the boy was autistic. A George Mason University colleague and neighbors told The Washington Post that Lash was devoted to his son and often took him to Nationals games.

According to the George Mason Web site, Lash taught at the university's law school from 1994-2001, served in the Commerce Department until 2005 and then returned to the law school.

Lash also taught law at Saint Louis University and Western New England College.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

McLEAN, Va. - A former Commerce Department official killed his 12-year-old son and himself early Friday following an apparent domestic dispute, police said.

Police found the bodies of William Lash III, 45, a law professor at George Mason University and a former assistant secretary of commerce, and his son William IV inside a first-floor bedroom of their home following a barricade that lasted more than six hours, said Mary Ann Jennings, a Fairfax County police spokeswoman.

Lash's wife called police shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday and told them her husband and son were barricaded inside the home, Jennings said. Shortly after officers arrived, they heard two gunshots inside the home. SWAT officers surrounded the house after the gunshots were fired, and residents were told to turn their lights off and stay in their basements.

After trying to reach Lash for several hours, police entered the home at about 3:45 a.m. and found the bodies. Both had been shot in the upper body with a shotgun that was found nearby, police said.

Police said in a statement that a preliminary investigation indicates it was a murder-suicide.

Neighbors said the boy was autistic. A George Mason University colleague and neighbors told The Washington Post that Lash was devoted to his son and often took him to Nationals games.

According to the George Mason Web site, Lash taught at the university's law school from 1994-2001, served in the Commerce Department until 2005 and then returned to the law school.

Lash also taught law at Saint Louis University and Western New England College

 

 

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