Skip to main content

Becker County wrestles with huge increase in child abuse

The court system has seen a 200 percent increase in child abuse cases and the county attorney calls it "the most important thing we do in our office here." No one knows exactly why the abuse seems to be skyrocketing, but some point to the stress of a poor economy.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The court system has seen a 200 percent increase in child abuse cases and the county attorney calls it "the most important thing we do in our office here." No one knows exactly why the abuse seems to be skyrocketing, but some point to the stress of a poor economy.

Next Up

u.s. attorney's office

St. Paul man sentenced for 2021 robbery spree

Warren Dean, 27, admitted to robbing seven St. Paul businesses in a span of three days.

FSmfYf0WABgrNhI

Stevens County may have been hit the hardest by Thursday storms

The entire county was without power after the storms blew through Thursday evening.

State Patrol

3 killed, 1 critical after trio of crashes in Minnesota Thursday

One person also faces life-threatening injuries in a crash that happened in Olmsted County.

Screen Shot 2022-05-13 at 1.25.08 PM

Mora woman saves pelican caught in fishing line for days

A birthday fishing trip shapes into a heroic tale.

Kelsey Peterson in the documentary, "Move Me."

Doc depicting MN dancer's journey with paralysis debuts at Twin Cities film festival

The film surrounds St. Paul-born Kelsey Peterson, who continues to pursue her passions in dance after being paralyzed from the chest down in 2012.

Milwaukee Ave

Gallery: Rare opportunity to own a home on historic Milwaukee Avenue

All the houses on the avenue front onto a pedestrian mall in south Minneapolis.

US Secretary of Defense COVID vaccine flickr

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, May 13

The next update will be provided Monday.

storm

Minnesota part of the top 2 hurricane force wind events since 2004

Photo above shows the ominous view in Marshall, Minnesota as a dangerous line of storms approached Thursday afternoon.

Screen Shot 2022-05-13 at 9.24.48 AM

DFL efforts to pass abortion, reproductive health bills blocked in Senate

The push to pass a slate of abortion and healthcare-related bills comes after a leaked Supreme Court opinion draft indicated Roe v Wade will be overturned.

Related

Lawyer: county's investigation of Mankato coach found no child porn, abuse

His lawyer says a Blue Earth County investigation has turned up no evidence that MSU-Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner used his children in a child porn performance. Hoffner is asking the county attorney to drop the child porn charges that were filed after a video of his children dancing in the nude was found on his university-issued cell phone.

Investigation: Sex abusers in Minn. child-care facilities often other children

A new investigation by the Star Tribune finds out of the 65 child sex abuse cases in Minnesota child-care facilities since 2007, most of the abuse was committed by older children in the day-care or by a son of the day-care provider, and not by the adult.

Mayo joins new global effort to help victims of child sex abuse

Drug companies, medical schools, and others in the health care industry are collaborating to treat the long-term problems caused by sexual abuse of children. Experts say more governments are passing laws to protect children but sexual abuse is growing, nonetheless. 20 percent of the world's girls and ten percent of boys are abused before they turn 18.

In wake of Penn State scandal, Minnesota lawmaker proposes child abuse bill

Rep. Ryan Winkler is proposing a bill that would require anyone who knows or has reason to believe that a child or vulnerable adult is being abused to report what they know to law enforcement.

Heroin, opiate abuse hits record level in Twin Cities metro

A report from the Department of Human Services says more people in the metro area are abusing heroin and opiates, such as prescription painkillers, than at any time in history. The use of synthetic drugs has also increased.