child abuse

April is ‘Child Abuse Awareness Month’

According to the National Children’s Alliance, nearly 700,000 children are abused in the United States each year. April is ‘Child Abuse Awareness Month’ and the experts want to shine a light on the growing issue. Here on the Mississippi Gulf…

Keeping #eyesonkids during COVID-19 pandemic

April is ‘National Child Abuse Awareness Month’ and in the age of Coronavirus and social distancing, community awareness is needed now more than ever. CASA of Hancock County volunteers continue to do their part in helping children at risk of…

St. Martin bus driver facing assault charges

A former bus driver in St. Martin is facing a year-and-a-half behind bars after being found guilty of child abuse and assault. After two days of trial and only 30 minutes of deliberation, a Jackson County jury found 58-year-old Antoinette…

Pass Christian foster parent arrested on child abuse

A foster parent on the Coast is now behind bars for allegedly abusing her six-year-old foster child. Fifty-six year-old Charlene Hilliard of Pass Christian now faces two felony counts of child abuse. According to Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson, a…

Couple arrested for felony child neglect

A toddler who accidently hanged himself between a couch and a wall while his caretakers were sleeping was reportedly found with cigarette burns on the soles of his feet and other signs of abuse. The complete autopsy on 21-month-old Rowan…

Man charged with child abuse

A Mississippi man has been charged with felony child abuse after his two-month-old baby was found to have a cracked skull. Twenty-eight-year-old Bryon Ellison was charged and is being held at the Harrison County Jail on a $100,000 bond. According…

Charged with felony child abuse

Harrison County sheriff’s investigators say a Gulfport man admitted to beating his own son out of anger because the child wouldn’t stop crying. According to Sheriff Troy Peterson, AMR was called to the home on Campbell Circle regarding a two-month-old…

Hope Haven Children’s Advocacy Center

For over 20 years, Hope Haven Children’s Advocacy Center in Waveland has played a vital role in serving abused and neglected children on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. News 25’s Caroline Eaker spoke with members of the advocacy group about their…

Ribbons on cars for child abuse prevention

There’s a powerful message behind the blue ribbons that are now tied on to police cars in Gulfport. They stand for protecting the rights of children who have been abused. In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, a group with…

Charged with child abuse and neglect

Moss Point police are investigating allegations of felony child abuse and neglect after a five month old was brought in for treatment of flu like symptoms. It was discovered the child was also suffering from multiple fractures to his arm,…

Maximum sentence for child abuse

A Gulfport man receives the maximum sentence for the felony child abuse of his nine-year-old stepson. Thirty-five year-old Nathan Simmons changed his plea to guilty just prior to jury selection is his scheduled trial. The victim told his sister and…

Two arrested for felony child abuse in Pascagoula

Two Pascagoula residents are behind bars after allegedly abusing a 12-year-old boy. According to the District Attorney’s Office, 46-year-old Tiffany Brown and 19-year-old Michael Blackburn Jr. were arrested in Hancock County and charged with felony child abuse, but authorities are…

Light of Hope Event

Tonight, CASA of Hancock County will shed light on child abuse and neglect. These are issues they feel are far too common within the community. News 25’s Kendra Turley joins us from Waveland with details on the ceremony the organization…

Fourth annual One Loud Voice Conference

Hundreds of Mississippians are gathering at the Golden Nugget this week, all trying to help children dealing with abuse. “One Loud Voice: A Multi-Disciplinary Team Approach to Responding to Child Abuse Cases” is a conference now in its fourth year.…

Man Receives 25 Year Sentence

A Harrison County man will spend 25 years behind bars for touching a child for lustful purposes. The jury deliberated for less than 30 minutes before they handed down 66 year old "Wade Blackwell Junior's" sentence. The investigation began when…

McCrory Bond Hearing Today

A Jackson County judge denies the request for a lower bond for Nathan McCrory, the man accused of beating and burning his then three-year-old son Zander Saucier. McCrory was in court on January 30th for a bond revocation hearing after…

Dad wants Bond Reduced in Child Abuse Case

The dad accused of beating and burning his then three-year-old son will ask the court to reduce his bond next week. Nathan Blake McCrory is set to appear before Judge Rodger Krebs on February 13th in Jackson County. The 25-year-old,…

Felony Child Abuse Arrest

A 26-year-old man is behind bars, charged with felony child abuse. Police arrested Jacob Moss. He is accused of causing significant injuries to an 8 year-old that was at Moss's residence. Police say the young victim has multiple scars and…