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Settlement Reached in Guardianship Case of Modern Family's Ariel Winter

Ariel Winter: Settlement Reached in Guardianship Case of Modern Family Star

Originally posted 05/05/2014 05:15PM

Ariel Winter will keep living with her adult sister after an agreement was reached Monday with the mother of Winter in a long-running guardianship dispute.

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Prosecutor: Mom Beat 4-Year-Old Son to Death Because She Thought He Was Gay

Prosecutor Says Mom Beat Son, 4, to Death Because She Thought He Was Gay

Originally posted 03/28/2014 08:00PM

Jessica Dutro regularly beat all three of her kids – but the Portland mom was especially hard on her son Zachary, eventually beating him to death the day before his fourth birthday because he seemed gay, prosecutors say.

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Scarlett Johansson Calls Woody Allen Allegations 'Irresponsible' and 'Guesswork'

Scarlett Johansson Calls Dylan Farrow's Open Letter 'Irresponsible', Her Allegations 'Guesswork'

Originally posted 03/17/2014 12:35PM

Scarlett Johansson is speaking about the Woody Allen scandal, calling Dylan Farrow's open letter slamming stars who have worked with the director "irresponsible."

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Tucson Toddler's Remains Found in Toy Chest

Tucson Toddler's Remains Found in Toy Chest

Originally posted 03/07/2014 03:00PM

A landlord in Tucson removing property abandoned by an evicted family made a gruesome discovery this week: the skeletal remains of a 3-year-old boy stuffed inside a blue toy chest.

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Adrienne Maloof Gets Custody of Kids, Alleges Abuse by Paul Nassif

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UpdatePosted 09/20/2012 04:15PM

Adrienne Maloof Gets Custody of Kids, Alleges Abuse by Paul Nassif

Originally posted 09/20/2012 12:10PM

A judge on Wednesday awarded The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Adrienne Maloof temporary custody of her three sons, after she alleged that her estranged husband, Paul Nassif, choked one of them last week.

A rep for Nassif confirmed the court decision to PEOPLE, adding that his legal team was blindsided by the allegations, which Nassif denies.

Maloof, 51, claims that Nassif, 50, with whom she is locked in a bitter divorce and custody battle, turned around and choked one of the boys for being rowdy on a drive last Thursday, TMZ.com reported.

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Mother Pleads Not Guilty to Taking Daughter, 6, into Tanning Bed

Mother Pleads Not Guilty to Child Endangerment Charge in Tanning Salon Incident

Originally posted 05/02/2012 04:30PM

Patricia Krentcil, a Nutley, N.J., resident who has been tanning her "whole life," pled not guilty to charges of child endangerment on Wednesday after she was accused to taking her fair-skinned daughter into a tanning bed with her.

Krentcil's daughter, 6, apparently showed up to school one day with a sunburn, telling friends she went tanning with her mom. But Krentcil – whose skin is an unnatural shade of dark brown as a result of bronzing – says the whole thing is "preposterous" to WCBS New York.

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Mom of Alleged Penn State Victim: My Son Afraid Jerry Sandusky Will Go Free

Originally posted 11/16/2011 12:40PM

One of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky's alleged victims broke down in tears after hearing him speak on Tuesday.

Sandusky, the central figure in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, told NBC's Bob Costas in a televised phone interview Monday that he "horsed around" with youngsters. A boy identified as Victim 1 reacted emotionally upon hearing the claim, his mother told ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday.

Why the reaction? "He said, 'Because I'm afraid. I'm afraid he'll go free,' " recounted the mother, whose identity is being withheld. Assuring her son, "There's other witnesses, probably more victims out there to come forward yet," the mother urged others with information about the case to come forward and speak.

While several legal experts have subsequently suggested that Sandusky's interview with Costas, in which he acknowledged that he "touched [kids'] legs without intent of sexual contact," could potentially have further damaged his case, the alleged victim's mother told ABC: "It sickened me that he would be on TV trying to downplay his charges. And I think it made him look more guilty."

She also expressed anger that Sandusky termed the activity between himself and her son simple horseplay.

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Former Penn State Coach: 'I Horsed Around with Kids'

UpdatePosted 11/15/2011 07:45AM

Jerry Sandusky: 'I Horsed Around with Kids'

Originally posted 11/14/2011 09:45PM

Jerry Sandusky, the former football coach at the center of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, acknowledges that he touched children but denies he committed any crimes.

"I have horsed around with kids," Sandusky, 67, said in an interview that aired Monday on Rock Center with Brian Williams. "I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact."

Asked by Bob Costas if he is guilty of the charges contained in a 40-count indictment, Sandusky says, "I am innocent of those charges."

"Are you a pedophile?" Costas asked. "No," replied Sandusky, who went on to state: "I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them."

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Penn State Holds Moment of Silence for Sexual Abuse Victims

UpdatePosted 11/12/2011 04:20PM

Penn State Holds Moment of Silence for Sexual Abuse Victims

Originally posted 11/12/2011 03:25PM

Shortly before Penn State's first football game since a sex scandal rocked the university, some fans cried, swayed and hugged during a moment of silence for the alleged victims of sexual abuse.

The atmosphere was emotionally charged as players in State College, Pa., knelt for the prayer held mid-field before kickoff.

Saturday afternoon's game, against Nebraska, was the first since Penn State's head coach, Joe Paterno, was fired after a child-sex abuse scandal came to light involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

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