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Judge declares mistrial in Picatinny Arsenal child abuse case

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge declared a mistrial Friday in the child abuse case of an Army officer and his wife, a day after a prosecutor mentioned the death of one of their children while questioning a witness.

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Photo provided by the Chester County, Pennsylvania authorities shows 3-year-old murder victim Scott McMillan. (AP Photo/Chester County District Attorney's Office)
Photo provided by the Chester County, Pennsylvania authorities shows 3-year-old murder victim Scott McMillan. (AP Photo/Chester County District Attorney's Office)
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Pennsylvania mother doesn’t believe her son beat boy to death

ATGLEN, Pa. (AP) -- The mother of a man accused of striking his girlfriend's 3-year-old with a frying pan, hanging him upside down and hitting him, and whipping him with a metal rod said Friday that her son is a good kid and she doesn't believe he beat the boy to death.

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Chester County, PA mobile home where Scott McMillan lived with his father and girlfriend
Chester County, PA mobile home where Scott McMillan lived with his father and girlfriend (CBS Philly)
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PA couple charged in torture death of 3-year-old son

A Pennsylvania couple went car shopping, bought pizza and took a nap as her unresponsive 3-year-old son lay dying after weeks of relentless torture that included being hung upside down and beaten, officials said Thursday.

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NJ lawmaker wants new penalities for failure to report child abuse

Triggered by the sexual hazing scandal at Sayreville War Memorial High School, upcoming legislation in Trenton would increase the penalties for adults who fail to report instances of child abuse.

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Bill would close NJ child abuse disclosure loophole

Religious organizations in New Jersey may have child abusers working or volunteering for them and not be aware of it, according to one state lawmaker.

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Adrian Peterson accused of hitting his child
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POLL: Were you hit as a child?

Does spanking or “whooping” your child really work as a punishment? If you were reared that way when you were growing up, did it work for you? Vikings running back Adrian Peterson , charged with injury to a child because he allegedly used a switch to span

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NJ trails nation in validating child abuse claims

Of the nearly 93,000 child abuse and neglect claims made in New Jersey during 2012, the most recent year for which state data are available, about 10 percent were ruled as valid complaints.

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Former teacher sentenced for student sex assaults

A former New Jersey high school teacher who sexually assaulted two 16-year-old male students is now headed to prison.

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Are kids in the car more of a distraction then texting?
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Should NJ have stronger child abuse laws?

Jim has been discussing NJ's child abuse laws and how they are not necessarily clearly defined.

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Justin Ross Harris, right, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, arrives for his bond hearing at Cobb County Magistrate Court Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Justin Ross Harris, right, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, arrives for his bond hearing at Cobb County Magistrate Court Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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Toddler dies in overheated SUV and father is charged

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia man who police say intentionally killed his toddler son by leaving the boy inside a hot SUV was unhappy in his marriage and had looked at websites that advocated against having children, a detective testified Thursday.

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