Horrifying: Couple Starved Kids, Chained Them to Floor as Punishment

Authorities in Monterey County, CA rescued three children from an abusive home late last week. The police came to the home to do a wellness check after the children —who were homeschooled— failed to appear at an unspecified appointment. What they found at the home of Eraca Dawn Craig, a former counselor, and Christian… » 3/22/14 2:30pm 3/22/14 2:30pm

Couple Sentenced to Prison After Second Child Dies From Faith Healing

Pennsylvania couple Herbert and Catherine Schaible were sentenced to 3.5-7 years in prison yesterday after pleading no contest to third degree murder in the death of their 8-month-old son Brandon, who passed away last year from complications stemming from treatable pneumonia. The Schaibles — who are devoted… » 2/20/14 6:45pm 2/20/14 6:45pm

Nurse Shares Truly, Horribly Ghastly Medical Experience on Reddit

This is the worst thing I've read in my entire life, so brace yourselves — the Gothamist has unearthed a Reddit thread asking doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to share their "most gory, disgusting or worst medical experience." As one might predict, it's not something you'd ever want to read or think about… » 1/29/14 7:00pm 1/29/14 7:00pm

Three-Year-Old Girl Dies After Horrifying First Visit to Dentist

A lot of people have a (generally) unwarranted fear of going to the dentist, because opening one's mouth under a bright light so a relative stranger can fiddle with one's teeth is a fairly daunting prospect. It's gross, nerve-wracking, and occasionally painful, but it should never, as it was recently for a… » 1/05/14 2:00pm 1/05/14 2:00pm

Title IX Network Takes Colleges to Task for Mishandling Rape Reports

On Thursday November 14, federal complaints were filed against both Vanderbilt and Amherst — two schools that have had highly-publicized, ghastly rape cases in the past year — alleging that the college administrations both mishandled reports of sexual assault and permitted a hostile sexual environment to flourish on… » 11/19/13 2:00pm 11/19/13 2:00pm

Salvadoran Woman Who Miscarried Sentenced to 10 Years in Jail

When 19 year-old Glenda Xiomara Cruz showed up to her local public hospital mid-miscarriage, she had no idea that she was pregnant in the first place. A pregnancy test she took in May was negative, and her body did not seem to change much throughout the previous months.

But the hospital staff, suspecting her of… » 10/21/13 6:30pm 10/21/13 6:30pm

Facebook Apologizes for Dating Ad Featuring Photo of Rehtaeh Parsons

Until the morning, Facebook was running two ads for a Canadian dating site, both of which featured photos of Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old who committed suicide after she was allegedly gang raped by four boys who then circulated photos of the assault online. "Find Love in Canada!" read each ad, over a photograph of the… » 9/18/13 6:45pm 9/18/13 6:45pm

Judge Decides It Was 'Illegal' to Sentence Teacher to 30 Days for Rape

Last week, Montana judge Todd Baugh sentenced high school teacher Stacey Rambold to 30 days in jail for raping his 14-year-old student, who later killed herself. He also made some hideously tone-deaf comments in which he essentially blamed the teenaged rape victim, Cherice Moralez, stating that she was "older than her… » 9/04/13 3:40pm 9/04/13 3:40pm

Human Trafficking Victims Working in Plain Sight at U.K. Nail Salons

Despite the floundering economy, nail salons are going forth and prospering all across the UK. In the past year, the number of new manicure outlets has increased by 20 percent. Some in the beauty industry have cheerfully — and naively — chalked this up to the makeup being "recession proof." In reality, though, there's… » 8/20/13 4:10pm 8/20/13 4:10pm