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Foster parents could be charged in toddler's hot car death

on Fri, 08/10/2012 - 04:11
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charges still are pending against a Jackson County couple after a toddler they were fostering was found dead in their vehicle.

James and Penny Hayfer were in the process of adopting the 3-year-old girl, Jackson County Chief Deputy Tony Boggs said.

The family was on their way back from church to their Wilding Road home in Silverton and the girl had fallen asleep in a car seat. Once home, the adults and children got out of the car and went inside.

"It kind of dawned on them later that she wasn't in the house," Boggs said.

He described it as a situation where one person

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U.S. Foster Parents Charged Over Abuse of Russian Children

on Thu, 08/02/2012 - 05:05

American foster parents Kathleen and Martin O'Brien were formally charged in a court in the U.S. state of Wisconsin on Tuesday with 17 counts of child abuse and disorderly conduct for severe, protracted mistreatment of their adopted children, most of whom were Russian-born, RAPSI news agency reported on Wednesday.

The couple is charged with physically and emotionally abusing their children between 2004 and 2011.

The child abuse charges each carry a sentence of up to six years in prison or a fine of up to $10,000. The disorderly conduct charges are misdemeanors.

The defendants filed a