In a follow-up to a heart-breaking case covered last week, Brooke welcomes the cousin and foster mother of Khalil Wimes to the show. Khalil was abused and neglected by his biological parents, a tortuous cycle that eventually ended in his death. But, as Alicia asks, why did the Department of Human Services overlook Khalil's dangerous situation, given the fact that they visited the home muliple times?
The body of six-year old Khalil Wimes weighed 26 pounds and was marred with "too many scars to count." His biological parents are now facing charges. Brooke is joined by Mike Newall of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who has covered the story of Khalil Wimes extensively. Newall and Baldwin discuss how the system may have failed in saving the life of this little boy.
Emaciated and with "too many scars to count," a 6-year-old boy is dead and his biological parents are being charged. Brooke is joined by Mike Newall of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who has covered the tragic story of Khalil Wimes extensively. Newall describes in detail the abuse that young Khalil endured, including being beaten with books and extension cords. Was this awful story preventable, and what steps could public officials have taken to save Khalil's life?
The head of Every Child Matters, Michael Petit, says right now it’s an “accident of geography” whether a child will die from abuse. He talks with Brooke about efforts being made to create a national strategy for preventing child abuse in America.
Brooke discusses the death of 11-year-old Johnathan Ramsey after his parents fed him only small amounts of bread and water to survive. He was reported missing to the police by his paternal grandfather after he had not seen the boy since January 2011. Both parents admitted to only feeding Johnathan "military rations" as punishment.
Brooke Baldwin talks to a sheriff's department spokeperson about the death of nine-year-old Savannah Hardin in Alabama. The girl's stepmother and grandmother are charged with murder in the case. Allegedly, the pair made Savannah run around the house for hours as punishment for lying about eating a candybar. Authorities say Savannah ran the equivalent of a marathon without water and suffered severe dehydration.
Mike Vega of Madison, Wisconsin stumbled across and alerted authorities to a young girl investigators say was kept in a basement, starved and sexually abused. Vega told Brooke the girl looked "like she just came from Auschwitz."
Abuse survivor and advocate Erin Merryn joins Brooke to talk about overcoming the pain of child abuse. Erin has since used her rediscovered voice to speak out in favor of new age-appropriate curriculum in schools focused on child abuse prevention. As a result, a law named after her now exists in order to educate kids on how to speak up if somebody is abusing them.
According to police, a man in Ohio bound his young daughter with duct-tape, forced her into a dog cage, and threatened to electrocute her. Her brother captured photos of the incident, which he uploaded to Facebook. Now the father is claiming that the whole thing was done as a joke. CNN's Brooke Baldwin has the story.
Brooke talks with Sheldon Kennedy, a former pro hockey player who says he was abused by a coach when he was younger. He now works to protect children by educating adults about the problems of uncovering abuse.