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Audio: Missouri House committee working to get to the bottom of boarding school abuse allegations falling through the cracks

A Missouri House committee is working to get to the bottom of abuse allegations surfacing about several faith-based boarding schools, but then falling through the cracks. State Representative Dottie Bailey of Eureka says there are too many Missouri Children’s Division managers and not enough frontline workers handling child abuse and neglect allegations. During an oversight […]

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Audio: Missouri House unanimously passes plan to address abuse allegations at religious boarding schools

The Missouri House has unanimously passed a bipartisan plan in hopes of putting a stop to alleged child abuse at religious boarding schools.     An investigation by the Kansas City Star has found for decades, students at some of these boarding schools have been beaten, raped, starved, restrained, and isolated for days or even […]

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Marceline man charged with child abuse and domestic assault

A Marceline man accused of punching a 10-year-old on March 21st faces two felony charges in Linn County. Thirty-one-year-old Patrick Colby Niemeier has been charged with third-degree domestic assault and abuse or neglect of a child—no sexual contact. Niemeier entered a plea of not guilty in the Associate Circuit Court on March 24th and requested […]

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Audio: Lawmakers to question Missouri DSS chief about boarding school abuse investigations

The head of the Missouri Department of Social Services is scheduled to appear before a panel of lawmakers Wednesday about the agency’s handling of abuse investigations within boarding schools. The Missouri House Special Committee on Government Oversight has called a Wednesday afternoon hearing to question the department’s acting director, Jennifer Tidball. The Kansas City Star has […]

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Audio: Circle of Hope owners in Missouri, charged with 102 felonies, plead “NOT guilty” in court appearance

The owners of the now-defunct Circle of Hope Girls Ranch in southwest Missouri’s Humansville remain jailed without bond on Thursday morning, after pleading NOT guilty in Cedar County Court. Boyd and Stephanie Householder are from Nevada, near Humansville. Attorney General Eric Schmitt had to stop speaking at one point during his Wednesday press conference, to […]

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Gallatin woman charged with felony child abuse

A Gallatin woman accused of grabbing her 12-year-old daughter by the hair and throwing her around a room earlier in February has been charged in Daviess County. Online court information shows 39-year-old Mandie Collins faces felony abuse or neglect of a child—no sexual contact. Collin’s bond is $5,000 cash with conditions including being supervised by […]

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Governor Parson announces new office of childhood

Governor Mike Parson and the Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Health and Senior Services, and Social Services announced the consolidation of several early childhood programs across state government into a single Office of Childhood. The new office will be housed by DESE and provide a comprehensive approach to early childhood care and education, […]

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Braymer man charged with child abuse after striking 13-year-old girl multiple times

A Braymer man accused of hitting his 13-year-old daughter in the lip and stomach has been charged with felony abuse or neglect of a child, no sexual contact. Fifty-year-old Troy Dale Frazier also faces misdemeanor domestic assault, fourth-degree, first, or second offense. Bond was set at $7,500 cash only with special conditions for bond supervision […]

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Audio: Two people face criminal charges after malnourishment of 6 year old girl

Two people accused in a Wright County child abuse investigation in southern Missouri now face criminal charges.     Twenty-eight-year-old LaTisha Cantrell, and 27-year-old Joey Moore, of Mountain Grove, are accused of the malnourishment of a six-year-old girl. The girl required hospitalization in St. Louis in August 2020 due to her health condition and weighed […]

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Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline calls reach pre-pandemic rate

After schools closed in the spring to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline calls quickly fell by about 50%. The dramatic shift was identified nationwide – not just in Missouri. Mandated reporters, at schools, daycares, and churches, were not seeing kids in person like they normally do because many […]

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Chariton County man sentenced to 72 years in prison for child molestation and sexual misconduct

A Chariton County man was sentenced to 72 years in prison for multiple counts of sodomy, child molestation, and sexual misconduct. This case was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office and the Chariton County Prosecuting Attorney. “This case is another great example of the important work that our Public Safety attorneys do on a daily […]