Child Abuse

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A Nashua mother convicted of beating her 3-year-old daughter to death will be sentenced Friday morning.

Twenty-six-year-old Katlyn Marin was found guilty of second-degree murder in August for the 2014 death of Brielle Gage. 

Prosecutors say Marin physically assaulted her daughter over the course of several years, which resulted in the child's death.

Prosecutors will be asking the judge for a sentence of 45 to life.

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The adoptive parents of two children who were sexually abused are suing the Division of Children, Youth, and Families, arguing the state agency didn’t do enough to protect the victims even after social workers became involved.

The lawsuit also names Easter Seals New Hampshire, a non-profit contracted to provide supervision during parental visits.

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 A report on the state's Division of Children, Youth and Families points to an immediate need to add more staff.

A new survey from UNH finds that many adults in the state aren’t aware of their legal responsibility to report child abuse.

New Hampshire is one of 19 states with a so-called universal reporting law which requires every adult in the state to report child abuse if they become aware of it. Failing to report can result in a misdemeanor charge.

 

Children who witness violence in New Hampshire's largest city will be getting help, thanks to a new partnership among police and behavioral health care providers.

The new Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team grew out of efforts by Manchester police to address a troubling realization: Unlike direct victims of crime, none of the more than 400 children who were exposed to violence in 2014 were provided with advocacy or referral services.

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 A legislative commission tasked with reviewing child deaths in New Hampshire is seeking advice from a former head of the Massachusetts child advocacy office.

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New Hampshire child protection officials would have more power to intervene when a parent is abusing drugs or a child is born drug dependent under a bill adopted by the state’s senate. The bill passed unanimously but not without debate.

The bill defines opioid abuse or dependence by a parent as neglect under New Hampshire's Child Protection Act. Right now that law doesn't identify specific conduct by parents as being sufficient to trigger neglect proceedings.

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  UPDATE: The bill cleared the full Senate Thursday by a voice vote. It now heads to the House. 

The death of a 3-year-old girl in Nashua last November has raised questions about state oversight and what actions should be taken when cases of child abuse are reported.

Katlyn Marin, the mother of Brielle Gage, has been charged with murdering her daughter.

Court records show the girl and her four siblings were placed in foster care in April of last year after Marin and her boyfriend were charged with felony child abuse.

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When her son came home from school one day last March, Jessica Giberson was disturbed. She noticed her son’s genitals were bruised and swollen. Giberson’s son is developmentally delayed.  

"He is nine years old. He’s more like a three year old in a nine year old’s body," says Giberson.

Giberson says she complained to the Crotched Mountain Foundation School, but that nothing ever came of it. Then in June, she got a call from the school.

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A leading expert finds a large drop in these cases and suggests likely factors include improved prevention and treatment programs. But there are several ways to interpret these numbers, and in some cases, they don’t match up with what child advocates see in the courts and elsewhere.  We’ll take a new look at this longstanding issue.

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Parents accused of abuse or neglect of a child could again be appointed attorneys. At the State House Wednesday, a bill to restore legal representation passed the House unanimously.

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Child abuse in America.  A national report says more children in the United States die from abuse and neglect than kids in any other industrialized democracy, with a child maltreatment rate three times that of Canada and eleven times higher than Italy.  We’re looking at this issue both at the national level and in New Hampshire. What’s driving these numbers, and where progress is being made.

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