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Child Abuse

UPDATED 6:20 p.m. | A man from Normal accused of causing second-degree burns to a 10-year-old child with severe disabilities claimed Friday the girl's injuries may have come from bathing by her in-home nurse.

The father of a murdered 8-year-old girl is now under arrest.

Keith Sommer speaks
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A Central Illinois lawmaker said he’s encouraged by first steps taken by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the its director’s pledge to “re-focus on safety.”

Rica and Ann
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The doctor who performed Rica Rountree’s autopsy started by counting the scars on her body.

Glenn exterior with Hovey's mugshot
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On Friday police arrested a longtime first-grade teacher at Glenn Elementary School in Unit 5 for allegedly molesting female students. Unit 5 pulled the teacher, Jonathan Hovey, from class back in April when the district learned of a new allegation.

Children’s Home & Aid will host the 9th Annual “Taking Steps To End Child Abuse 5K Color Run”in memory of Duncan and Jack Leichtenberg of LeRoy, victims of the 2009 murder-suicide by their father after he failed to return them to their mother from a visit.