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Senate President Stephen Sweeney (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Senate President Stephen Sweeney (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ lawmakers push for $10 million to combat child abuse

Advocates of child advocacy centers say they improve prosecutions and outcomes for child abuse victims. Lawmakers want to spend $10M to expand them statewide.

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(L-R) Ocean Co. Prosecutor Joseph Coronato, Investors Bank VP Sandy Broughton, Attorney Harvey York (Ocean Co. Prosecutor's Office)
(L-R) Ocean Co. Prosecutor Joseph Coronato, Investors Bank VP Sandy Broughton, Attorney Harvey York (Ocean Co. Prosecutor's Office)
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Bank donates $25,000 to Tina’s House

The mission of "Tina's House" to support Ocean County children and victims of sex assaults and domestic abuse gets a $25,000 cash infusion.

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NJ child welfare: Moving past DYFS’s shameful past

Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake says over the past 10 years her department has had the opportunity to build a solid and much stronger foundation for Jersey’s child welfare system.

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Admitted Howell child abuser sentenced to 12 years

The Howell man who pleaded guilty for sexually abusing a two-year-old boy and recording videos and stills of it is given a 12-year prison term.

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Augustina Rodriguez-Morales
Augustina Rodriguez-Morales (Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
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Lakewood Woman Accused of Beating Preschooler

A Lakewood woman, suspected of severely beating a four-year-old boy in the township, faces charges of aggravated assault and Title 9 child abuse.

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Townsquare Digital
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Assault Charges Filed against Alleged Lakewood Baby Beater

Bail is set at $150,000 for a Lakewood 22-year-old accused of beating a baby girl and breaking her skull.

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NJ lawmaker wants new penalities for failure to report child abuse

Triggered by the sexual hazing scandal at Sayreville War Memorial High School, upcoming legislation in Trenton would increase the penalties for adults who fail to report instances of child abuse.

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Tina's House
Tina's House (Rosetta Key, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Advocacy Center Opens

The new Children's Advocacy Center is run by the Special Victims Unit of the County Prosecutor's Office. Lieutenant Colleen Lynch, who runs the center, said it provides one-stop services for child crime victims.

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Robert Mucha (U.S. Immigrations & Customs Enforcement)
Robert Mucha (U.S. Immigrations & Customs Enforcement)
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Did Suspected Child Abuser Leave Victims in Lakewood?

A Newton 56-year-old arrested in July for kiddie porn later admitted luring a 15-year-old to Pennsylvania for sex and having erotic fantasies about child cannibalism, say federal investigators. Now they want to know if Robert Mucha's alleged victims include any children in Lakewood, where he spent time as a drum and bugle corps instructor several years ago.

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Rioting on the Penn State Campus after Paterno fired
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Child Abuse Prevention In Focus For April

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families is asking residents be extra aware and watch out for the signs of abused or exploited children.

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