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Baby slapper busted.
Baby slapper busted.

Roger Stephens, 61, chose to endanger the welfare of a child, rather than defend it. While shopping at a Stone Mountain, GA, Wal-Mart, Stephens warned the mother of a crying toddler, “If you don’t shut that baby up I will shut her up for you.” The child continued to cry, and Stephens made good on his threat, slapping the two-year-old several times. He was arrested for felony cruelty to children and held without bond.

When it comes to the welfare of children, it is the responsibility of society to tirelessly defend their rights. If you see something hinky going on that involves a child, step up and do the right thing. Don’t worry about being PC. It’s in worrying about our own status that we fail our children.

Adding Fuel to the Flames

California wildfires caused by arson.
California wildfires caused by arson.

Investigators in California have confirmed that the cause of the massive wildfire in the Southern region of the state was caused by arson. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire has swept through more than 147,000 acres, burning for more than a week and destroying dozens of homes in the Los Angeles area. Twenty-one firefighters have suffered injuries battling the wildfires, and two firefighters suffered fatal injuries while trying to escape the flames.

A homicide investigation has been launched in the case of the fallen firefighters since the wildfire was determined to be caused by arson. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is heading up the investigation.

Digging for the Truth

Authorities have completed the search of Phillip & Nancy Garrido’s property, as well as that of their neighbor’s, where a bone fragment was found. Police do not at this time know the origins of the fragment, and are having it tested to see if it is human or animal in nature.

The four-day search included the Garrido home and backyard, which contained a tent-and-shed compound that housed Jaycee Dugard during the 18 years she was allegedly held captive by the couple. The neighboring property was also searched, as Phillip Garrido may have served as caretaker at one time or another.

Recent reports mention the possibility of Phillip Garrido’s alleged connection to a number of child abductions in the Antioch, CA, area where he resides, which occurred in the late 1980s prior to Jaycee Dugard’s kidnapping. Local authorities are also looking into any ties between Garrido and a string of murders involving prostitutes. No evidence has been provided to confirm these allegations. At this time, Phillip & Nancy Garrido have pleaded not guilty to the charges made against them.

Authorities search the property of the couple charged with kidnapping Jaycee Dugard in 1991.
Authorities search the property of the couple charged with kidnapping Jaycee Dugard in 1991.