Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
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The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Dewayne Thompson, wanted in the wounding and kidnapping of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard, has been captured by Jackson Police. He was taken into custody around 5:45 in west Jackson near where Beard's vehicle was found earlier today.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
A Toledo woman has been charged with taking a minor across state lines to sell sex.
The Department of Justice says 35-year-old Amber Ginter transported a minor from Ohio to Michigan in December 2009 so that the minor could engage in commercial sexual activity. The DOJ says Ginter may also be known by the name Amber Mendoza.
The indictment was announced Friday by U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach.
"This case is another stark reminder that human trafficking exists in our district and in our collective back yard," Dettelbach said. "It's a reminder that we need to be better neighbors and ask questions if something looks suspicious."
Dettelbach says the indictment is the result of investigation by the Toledo Resident Agency of the FBI and the Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Francis Marie Penwell, with the Sisters of Notre Dame, serves on the Stop Trafficking of Persons committee. She says getting people like Ginter off the street is half the battle; the other half is prevention.
"We need to really get out there and make an effort to stop the trafficking," said Penwell.
One way they're doing that is with new education initiatives.
"Writing lesson plans and making known to youth what it is," explained Penwell.
Penwell hopes that between their education and prevention efforts and arrests of people involved in sex trafficking, the number of cases will start to drop.