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PALM DESERT, CA- According to authorities, the woman who accused a family member of abusing their daughter in a video at Costco, was arrested for allegedly giving false information to police.

Reportedly, in a video filmed on August 20th, Angelica Marie Mendez can be overheard saying that a black girl accompanied by her white family members was being denied food and that the family was “probably using her as a slave.”

In the video, Mendez also mentioned that she reported the family to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The video was shared on social media and garnered millions of views across the internet.

Sheriff’s officials stated that these serious allegations made by Mendez “set in motion hundreds of staff-hours by several law enforcement agencies in two separate states.” At the request of Riverside County sheriff’s officials, police in Gilbert, Arizona said they contacted the family seen in the video.

In a tweet, Gilbert police said they determined that the girl was “safe and in good health” and “it was found that the child had refused to eat the day of the video recording due to an upset stomach.” 

Gilbert police also said that the Arizona Department of Child Safety conducted its own separate investigation into the incident and reported that “no evidence of any crime has been established.” 

Despite the false nature of the accusations in the viral video by Mendez, it triggered a fire storm of angry reactions online. In Riverside County, sheriff’s officials said a flood of calls about the video came into their dispatch center as well as the offices of city and county officials. They said in a statement:

“The countless calls to our Dispatch Center took up valuable call time for other citizens who were in need of emergency services.”

23-year-old Mendez of Desert Hot Springs was arrested on Sunday, August 29th and booked into the John Benoit Detention Center on suspicion of reporting a false crime and providing false information to a peace officer, both misdemeanor crimes. Sheriff’s officials said:

“It appears the reporting person had seemingly made up the allegations and had no supporting evidence to substantiate her claims. Her claims, both to law enforcement and publicly had numerous inconsistencies.”

According to inmate records, Mendez was released the same day of her arrest after posting a $25 bail.

In a separate incident, a plastic surgeon from Villa Park, California, who has offices in Brea and Beverly Hills, has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting two of his patients. Frederic Corbin, 77, has been charged with one felony count each of sexual battery involving an unconscious person and sexual exploitation by a physician as well as two misdemeanor counts each of sexual batter and battery. 

Corbin’s attorney, Courtney Pilchman, issued a statement saying her client “vehemently and categorically denies these outrageous and false allegations,” adding:

“He has practices for over 50 years, without any complaint by a female patient regarding inappropriate behavior. There are thousands of patients, colleagues and friends who support Dr. Corbin and know these allegations are untrue. This case is about two disgruntled patients who made allegations that we will prove are false.”

Corbin is accused of molesting one of his patients while he prepared her for a surgical procedure on September 17, 2020. The doctor is accused of molesting another patient on May 14th, during an examination when she came to his Brea office for a post-surgery treatment.

Corbin, who is free on a $50,000 bail, has been ordered to return to court on September 14th for a pretrial hearing.

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Convicted child abuser charged with torturing and murdering his 3-month-old, using body to put out cigarettes

August 22nd, 2021

BATON ROUGE, LA- According to reports, on Thursday, August 19th, a father was arrested after investigators cited evidence that he severely abused his infant child who later died from his injuries.

Investigators stated that the young child was found unresponsive with brain injuries, apparent cigarette burns and numerous fractured ribs. The father, 36-year-old Leon Arnold, had pleaded guilty a decade earlier in another child abuse case after his daughter was hospitalized with a broken leg.

Arnold now faces one count of first-degree murder in the recent death of his infant child. According to authorities, Baton Rouge police launched an investigation after receiving reports of an unresponsive 3-month-old infant found inside a Scotlandville house on August 14th.

The child was hospitalized, but his injuries were too severe and he later died. Arnold reportedly initially told police he had put the baby down for a nap earlier that day as he often stayed home with the kids while their mother worked.

However, the autopsy report for the baby showed severe bruising across his lower body and a broken tailbone. The arrest reported stated:

“The pathologist indicated that these injuries are consistent with being beaten or struck against with a hard object. Almost every rib in the ribcage had fractures in various stages of healing.”

The arrest report also stated that the pathologist found signs that the baby had been “shaken violently back and forth” in addition to blunt force trauma to the head and excessive swelling and bleeding on the brain.

Doctors also noted “fairly fresh” marks on the infant’s body that resembled cigarette burns. The death has been ruled a homicide. Police said that Arnold was the primary caregiver and was responsible for the baby the day he went unresponsive.

In their report, detectives noted that Arnold has a history of violence against children. In the 2010 case, Arnold was arrested on second-degree cruelty to juveniles after his months-old daughter was hospitalized with a broken leg.

Initially, both parents denied knowing how the infant ended up injured, but Arnold later claimed he picked up the crying baby from her crib and accidentally dropped her, causing her head to strike his knee. He then stated that he grabbed her leg to prevent her from landing on the ground. 

In 2014, Arnold pleaded guilty to one count of cruelty to juveniles and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He had credit for time served and was then released on good-time parole the following year after serving 40 percent of his sentence.

Court records show that he was arrested again in 2016 after being accused of attacking another man with a bat and breaking his legs. That case was later dismissed. 

In a separate case, a 3-year-old boy is dead as a family is left wondering what went wrong. The boy’s mother and mother’s boyfriend have been charged with the murder. 

On Wednesday, August 18th, the young boy, Tyren Edwards, died three days after arrived at Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile, Alabama with severe injuries. Mobile police said an autopsy pointed to head trauma and other injuries.

On Friday, August 20th, Tyren’s mother, 26-year-old Tatyana Anika Edwards turned herself in on a felony murder charge. Shortly after, 19-year-old Abraham Hatch turned himself in. He faces a capital murder charge.

Mobile County prosecutors said they would wait until after the upcoming bail hearing to comment on the case. Police have not provided many details either. 

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Revealed: Sex crimes against children are skyrocketing – and countless suspects are illegal immigrants

July 20th, 2021

NORTH CAROLINA — There has been a tremendous increase in child sexual assault cases during the past year in North Carolina, but there are mixed reviews on who is responsible for the spike of sex crimes against children here and in other states.

One organization claims crimes are being committed mostly by native U.S. citizens while others say the increase is due to illegal immigrants with criminal histories coming into the U.S.

A recent study by the Cato Institute used crime data from Texas and concluded that legal and undocumented immigrants were determined to be more law-abiding than native U.S. citizens:

“The results in this updated brief show that in Texas in 2019, illegal immigrants were 37.1 percent less likely to be convicted of a crime than native‐​born Americans and legal immigrants were about 57.2 percent less likely to be convicted of a crime than native‐​born Americans. 

“The conviction and arrest rates for illegal immigrants were lower than those for native‐​born Americans but higher than those for legal immigrants. This result holds for just about every type of crime, including homicide, sex crimes, larceny, and most other crimes.”

The study further reported:

“The vast majority of research finds that immigrants do not increase local crime rates and that they are less likely to commit crime or be incarcerated than native‐​born citizens.

“There is less research on illegal immigrant criminality, but it shows that illegal immigrants have lower incarceration rates nationwide relative to native‐​born Americans, had lower conviction and arrest rates in Texas in earlier years, and had the same rates of re‐​arrest in Los Angeles County in 2002.”

Data from Texas was used because it is the only state that records criminal convictions and arrests by immigration status. According to Cato Institute:

“Texas has this information because its law enforcement agencies cooperate with federal immigration enforcement authorities at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) who check the biometrics of arrestees in the state and track them through to their convictions.

“The Texas DPS keeps the results of these DHS checks, which then allow a more direct look at immigrant criminality by immigration status.”

In North Carolina, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) noted a 210 percent increase in child sexual assault cases. According to a report, there have already been 31 child sexual assault cases reported to the department in 2021. The number of cases at the same time in 2020 was 10.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, Mecklenburg County is one of six counties in the state that is an official sanctuary zone that hosts illegal immigrants.

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The other five counties are Buncombe County, Durham County, Forsyth County, Orange County and Wake County.

The CMPD said in a statement released last month:

“It is never an easy discussion when a child is victimized in a crime. It is more concerning when there is an alarming spike in sexual assault cases involving children.

“Over time, CMPD’s Crimes Against Children Unit detectives had observed small changes in the cases from year to year but were alarmed when they observed the spike and rise for 2021.

“Detectives have experienced a 210% increase in sex assaults involving children since 2020. With that percent increase, there have been 31 cases reported in 2021, compared to 10 during the same time frame in 2020.”

The statement explained that the vast majority of their cases involve family members or someone known to them, but did not reveal whether the assailants were native-born citizens, legal immigrants or illegal immigrants.

During a recent press conference, Detective Jessica Hall discussed the belief that the spike might be due to a delay in reporting:

“Delay in reporting can result from the child remaining with their abuser or being in a situation where they feel unsafe to tell anyone. Due to the recent pandemic, COVID-19 removed children from student activities, thus taking them away from schools and places with a trusted adult.

“CMPD hopes to see more cases reported sooner now that children are returning to school and have the resources such as guidance counselors and trusted adults to report such acts.”

Cori Goldstein, deputy chief operating officer of Safe Alliance, which helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, told The Charlotte Observer that 80 percent of adult sexual assault survivors know their perpetrator and that this number increases to 90 percent for child survivors:

“That idea of stranger danger and someone lurking outside the window is not typically who is assaulting others. It really is about power and control, and it’s someone known to someone.”

Goldstein also suggested that CMPD is actually seeing an increase in reports of sexual assaults after months of lockdown, which kept victims from coming forward sooner:

“I personally don’t see that there’s an increase in assaults that are occurring. I think more people are comfortable coming forward to share the assaults.

“Survivors had to navigate through trauma during that time and then make the decision of do I want to move forward and report this? … Is it even safe to speak with someone? To go to a hospital? To go report and meet with law enforcement?”

Goldstein also did not mention the citizen or immigration status of the perpetrators.

We previously reported on Jose Angel Melgar Guardado, 42, an illegal immigrant in North Carolina who was sentenced for raping his own child and assaulting another. The report noted the media avoided mentioning his immigration status.

Guardado was sentenced to jail for 18 to 27 years after he pleaded guilty to incest with a child, statutory rape of a child, indecent liberties with a child, and two counts of assault on a child under the age of 12.

Although Texas records criminal convictions and arrests by immigration status, the 49 other states seem hesitant to do so for fear of being accused of xenophobia.

To fill the gap, one private group, North Carolinians for Immigration Reform and Enforcement (NCFIRE), maintains a database of illegal immigrants arrested and charged with various sex crimes against children in North Carolina during the past few years.

NCFIRE’s database specifically reveals how many sexual assaults are committed against children in North Carolina by illegal immigrants. However, the relationships between the criminal perpetrators and victims are not known.

NCFIRE said it verifies the illegal immigration status of each individual posted on its monthly reports by contacting the arresting agency of each individual:

“Pursuant to the state open records law, North Carolina General Statutes; Public Records § 132-1, Criminal investigations, § 132-1.4, and Access to Records, § 132-9, allow for NCFIRE to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in North Carolina.”

According to NCFIRE, from January through June of this year 148 illegal immigrants reportedly were arrested and charged with various sex crimes against children.

James Johnson, who tracks the data on NCFIRE, was interviewed by The Epoch Times. He stated that he was only able to gather data from 30 of the state’s 100 counties, which means it’s probable the statewide count of sex crimes against children is much higher.

The Epoch Times noted:

“Johnson has tracked rapes and sexual assaults on children by illegal aliens since 2013, using original police reports and calling arresting agencies to verify immigration status.

“His data doesn’t cover every month, but for the 54 months he has recorded, an average of 34 illegal aliens per month were charged with 151 counts of raping or sexually assaulting a child in North Carolina.”

Johnson sends out a report documenting crimes by illegal immigrants to North Carolina’s legislators and more than 350 media outlets each month, but gets the silent treatment:

“It’s crickets—nothing, nobody.”

Johnson said the goal of his reports is to place more pressure on legislators to enforce immigration laws.

“Just plain and simply. Immigrants are fine, illegal aliens are not.”

Johnson also said the problem of sex crimes committed by illegals is a lot worse than what people may think, and he blames the government and media for not fully informing the public:

“If the public knew how much this was actually happening, first of all, they’d be just shocked. And secondly, I think there would be a revolt.”

Johnson told The Epoch Times that after six years of sifting through arrest records, he believes that more children are being raped by illegal aliens rather than by U.S. citizens:

“Just from my observations, this specific crime of child rape, illegal aliens tend to commit child rapes at a rate of four to one, compared to citizens.”

Johnson also said many of the illegals charged with sex crimes against children in North Carolina are from Mexico:

“We have a lot of agriculture and farms in North Carolina. And that’s where they initially started coming from.”

Another issue is six counties in North Carolina have sanctuary policies that shield illegal aliens from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), giving those who are criminals a place where they can hide and continue committing crimes.

The Epoch Times suggested in a report that some law enforcement officers are working against ICE and choosing to protect illegal immigrants instead:

“Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough said in February that he won’t honor ICE detainers that request correctional facilities to hold an illegal alien for up to 48 hours longer so ICE can take custody.

“Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden goes one step further and also refuses to notify ICE when the jail is releasing an inmate with a detainer. He says ICE still has access to the jail database and can find that out for themselves.

“So far, during McFadden’s tenure, three illegal aliens have been released from jail despite ICE placing detainers on them, according to a report released by ICE.”

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