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Category Archives: Child Abuse and Neglect

Dirty Secrets: Sexual Assault in California’s Schools

  • Oct 16 2017

Q: Who is responsible for personal injury suffered from a sexual assault in school?

We’ve heard the “by-gone days” stories of parents and grandparents reflecting on their school years and how hard they had it– –having to walk miles back-and-forth to school without shoes. But in reality, school kids today have it so much harder. They live with burdens we never knew and never could’ve imagined. Stresses far beyond the very real pressure to be the best in everything academic, athletic, and extracurricular… or to have the best things… or to pass muster under the ever-present eye of social media.  


Blurred Lines in What Constitutes Child Abuse

  • May 27 2017

Q: Is spanking child abuse?

In California, child abuse is any action – – physical, emotional, or sexual – – that causes a child to suffer harm.

While abusers may be criminally charged, child abuse also falls under the personal injury umbrella so victims may be entitled to compensatory damages in a civil action as well.

Child abuse can leave its young victims with permanent and irreversible physical and emotional damage.


Child Abuse in the Closet

  • Nov 28 2016

No one will ever love you like your mother does.

In most cases, this is a positive and true statement about the depth of a mother’s love, protection, and devotion to her children. Unfortunately, some children would be better off as far away from their mothers as possible.

Such was the case of a Los Angeles boy, Yonatan Aguilar, his siblings, and their mother, Veronica Aguilar, if the horrific allegations against the mother are true.

Aguilar is accused of child abuse and murder in the death of her 11-year-old son,


Child Abuse in the Public Eye

  • Nov 23 2016

Q: Are celebrities treated differently when to comes to child abuse allegations?

Many Americans put celebrities on a pedestal and the couple formerly known as “Brangelina” are no exception. People obsess over the details of celebrities’ private lives—whether good or bad.

Recently, Hollywood power couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, were in the spotlight for an intensely personal matter involving their reportedly troubled marriage and allegations of child abuse against Pitt.

Shortly after a flight during which it’s been alleged that a potentially intoxicated Pitt verbally and physically abused one or more of his and Jolie’s children,


Another California Hot Car Death

  • Nov 17 2016

Q: Can someone who leaves a child to die in a hot car be sued?

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare and one of the issues that sparks intensely emotional debates: an adult inadvertently leaving a baby or child unattended in a hot car and the resulting child’s resulting death. Sometimes it is a parent; other times another relative or caregiver. In hot climates like California, it can be an issue year-round.

The temperature inside a car can rise 20 degrees in 10 minutes.


Rarely Sought Death Penalty Requested in Child Abuse/Neglect Murder Case

  • Sep 25 2016

Q: Is there a duty to report suspected child abuse or neglect?

From the time they are born until they reach their majority (and even long after that), innocent children should be loved, nurtured, and protected. In most cases, the parents proudly shoulder this responsibility and are often fierce protectors of their children’s welfare. Sadly, not every child is able to be raised by caring parents or family.

One of the most horrific cases of alleged child abuse and neglect in California is the pending Tami Huntsman case,