Priest Molestation Lawsuit Settles for $9.9m

play of light in santhome church by flickr user VinothChandar, licensed by Creative Commons.

                     In God We Trust?

Selecting a new pope isn’t the only thing that the church is making headlines for.  A Los Angeles archdiocese has reached a settlement for $9.9 million over a child molestation lawsuit.  Michael Baker, a former priest, was found guilty for abusing young boys on overnight trips in and around San Diego in the 1970′s and 1980′s.  Read more

Parents Face Murder Charges After Beating Their 7 Year Old

Wooden Paddle by Flickr user AlishaV, licensed by Creative Commons

One of the many objects used for discipline

Roderick Arrington, a 7 year old from Las Vegas, passed away on November 30 after his mother and step-father beat him to death.  What was the reason?  He did not do his homework and lied about reading a bible passage.  He was admitted to the hospital on November 29 for sever bruising and brain swelling.  Roderick moved from Illinois where he was living with his father to Las Vegas with his mother Dina Palmer and step-father Markiece Palmer.  Dina would let Markiece discipline her son and would join in if her son was no obeying their rules.  Dina was involved in Roderick’s last beating and watched Markiece, “shake her son to death.”  Roderick, had bruises on the back of his buttocks, thighs, and back from various objects.

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