82 people arrested after multi-state child pornography sting

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ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a roundup operation targeting child pornography suspects resulted in 82 arrests across eight Southeastern states.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Friday that 31 of the arrests occurred in Georgia. Most of them involved charges of possessing or distributing child pornography. The GBI said some were charged after making plans to have sex with people the suspects met online and believed were minors, but were actually law enforcement officers.

Investigators said a total of 82 people were arrested and 17 children were rescued or identified as a result of the operation.

Officials said the suspects range in age from 20 to 70. Some of their occupations included non-profit employee, small business owner, store clerk, mechanic, daycare administrator, youth group leader, former high school band director, freelance photographer, construction worker and painter.

About 170 agencies also took part in the crackdown that also included in Florida, Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

The GBI said Operation Southern Impact III was planned for four months and the arrests came after three days of undercover operations, executing search warrants and other actions.

 

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Dad of burned toddler tried to hide from cops: sources

The father of a 3-year-old found burned to death in a chained-shut car in Queens Sunday tried to hide from cops as his daughter was consumed by flames, according to police sources.

Martin Pereira, 39, was found stripped down to his underwear and hiding near Baisley Park Pond — while a tan Audi A6 containing his 3-year-old daughter Zoey Pereira smoldered hundreds of feet away near Baisley Boulevard and 155th Street, the source said.

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“The only reason [cops] found him was that a piece of his clothing was on fire. He was stripped down to his underwear,” the source said, adding that Pereira was trying to hide from police.

Pereira was taken into custody but has not been charged in Zoey’s death — which was ruled a homicide Monday. Doctors were treating him for second- and third-degree burns at Weill-Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan on Monday.

Cops believe the dad was embroiled in a custody dispute with Zoey’s mom and was supposed to be returning the child to the mother Sunday night, another law enforcement source said.

The frantic mom called 911 to report her child missing around the same time Zoey was burning, the source added.

Two of the girl’s aunts raged about Pereira outside the tot’s mother’s house Monday.

“He did that to her. That’s not even human, that’s an animal,” said one of the aunts.

“Hopefully he dies. I’m just being honest. I hope he dies,” the other added.

It was Pereira’s second weekend with the child since he split with Zoey’s mom, the second aunt added.

“His behavior recently has been very erratic,” she said.

Pierera posted a photo of Zoey to Facebook just hours before she was killed.

The portrait shows the little girl with freshly styled hair sitting in what appears to be a hair salon with balloons in the background.

 

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Florida Man beat 3-year-old girl with brick inside bin, police say

Miami Gardens police charged Tristan Tavares Bernard with attempted second-degree murder and other felonies Friday in connection with the Thursday night attack. (Source: Miami Gardens Police Department)

 

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Police say an 18-year-old Florida man beat a 3-year-old girl with a brick inside a community recycling bin, leaving her critically injured.

Miami Gardens police charged Tristan Tavares Bernard with attempted second-degree murder and other felonies Friday in connection with the Thursday night attack.

Police say Bernard’s mother was babysitting the girl. Neighbors told reporters they went outside after hearing screams and saw the girl in the bin as Bernard smashed her head with the brick. They said he ran off when they approached. The girl was taken to a Miami hospital for surgery and was in critical condition.

Police say Bernard told detectives he hit the girl because she left the house and wouldn’t listen to him.

Bernard’s family members told reporters he has a history of mental instability.

 

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Man charged with murder for punching newborn son after losing video game

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A man has been charged with murder after police said he punched his one-month-old son in the head out of frustration over losing a video game.

The baby was initially listed in serious condition but later succumbed to their injuries, according to LMPD.

According to an arrest slip, Anthony Trice was home alone watching the child when he was playing video games. Trice started losing the game and became frustrated, throwing the controller and the punching his son in the head.

After punching the infant, police said Trice picked him up to try to quiet him and while carrying him into the kitchen, dropped the child.

Later, Trice made his son a bottle, set him upright and left him unattended to go to the bathroom. When he came back, he noticed the baby was in distress and called 911.

The boy was taken to Norton Children’s Hospital where he later died.

Trice has been charged with murder.

 

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Median Wealth Of Black And Latino Families Could Hit Zero By The Middle Of The Century

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Income inequality has been getting worse, which suggests that the wealthiest, typically meaning Whites, are getting wealthier. According to a new study, the imbalance will shift so far that median Black and Latino households will lose the little relative wealth they have by about the time people of color form a majority of households in the U.S.

By 2053, Black households will have a median wealth of zero. It will take Latino households another 20 years to drop to the same level, according to an analysis by non-profits Prosperity Now (formerly CFED) and the Institute for Policy Studies.

As I’ve mentioned before, income inequality often captures attention, but wealth inequality is even more insidious.

That wealth becomes the head start in a race, like setting putting someone on the putative starting line and another, on the 90 meter mark in a 100-meter dash. By talking almost completely about income inequality, the country essentially pretends that a problem made over decades can be addressed on a single year’s scale. It can’t mathematically work.

Talking of wealth inequality in terms of a footrace is unfair. The race is over in a matter of seconds; only a few if someone is that far down the line. Wealth inequality lasts generations — forever, for all practical considerations.

One problem is that when wealth inequality increases much faster than the economy, the extra wealth has to come from somewhere. Someone loses it. I understand people don’t like hearing this, but it comes down to basic arithmetic. If the economy grows at 2%, for example, and someone’s share grows at 5%, the extra is something that otherwise would have gone to another.

The two factors — wealth transfer and the advantages wealth provides — come together in ugly ways. We typically describe middle class status in terms of income. But, if you change the definition to wealth, meaning you’d need between $68,000 and $204,000 in household wealth — middle quintile White households have nearly 8 times as much wealth as median Black households and 10 times as much as Latino households. Black and Latino families now have to earn two to three times as much as White families to catch up.

And then the time value of wealth comes into play:

Between 1983 and 2013, the wealth of median Black and Latino households decreased by 75% (from $6,800 to $1,700) and 50% (from $4,000 to $2,000), respectively, while median White household wealth rose by 14% (from $102,200 to $116,800). If current trends continue, by 2020 median Black and Latino households stand to lose nearly 18% and 12%, respectively, of the wealth they held in 2013. In that same timeframe, median White household wealth would see an increase of 3%. Put differently, in just under four years from now, median White households are projected to own 86 and 68 times more wealth than Black and Latino households, respectively.

These trends over time show the power of compound interest, whether positive or negative. Should the trends continue as they are, in absence of anything to reduce their power or even increase it, Black and Latino households will have nothing other than current income to call their own.

A number of practices contribute to and support these trends. One is the tax code. Many popular practices, like deductions for mortgage interest and lower taxes on capital gains, benefit Whites far more than Blacks and Latinos.

Another has been allowing predatory practices, like usurious interest rates by payday loan companies that make it difficult to impossible for people to get ahead. Again, these practices, focusing on the poor, have an outsized impact on Blacks and Latinos. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has begun to address these issues, but many want to kill off the agency.

Without programs specifically targeting people who don’t have wealth and need to build it, the country could become even more polarized by wealth inequality. Aside from its obvious inherent issues, such a direction could undermine the economy. If the median wealth of a majority of Americans is zero, there will be little to drive the economy as a whole, and that is a bad prospect for everyone.

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