79.3 percent of reported accounts of child abuse involve one or both of the child’s parents.
A couple in Jackson, Ohio, recently contributed to this statistic. With two children and their own business to look after, their plate was certainly full. From the outside, the family seemed to be happy, but that facade crumbled once the couple’s five-year-old daughter was found dead.
The parents of Ashley Zhao told police that she was missing earlier this month. According to them, when her mother went to check on her after a nap, she was nowhere to be found.
More than 70 police officers, the FBI, and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations were all looking for Ashley. The search finally ended when the girl’s dead body was discovered in the back of the restaurant.
Both parents were arrested, and during questioning, police learned that on the night of the incident, the mother had struck her daughter several times in the head. Afterward, the girl was on the ground oozing a “green fluid” from her mouth, so her father decided to take her to the bathroom to clean her up.
When he returned with Ashley, he placed her back on the restaurant floor and discovered that she was no longer breathing. After a failed CPR attempt, the couple chose to hide the body and report their daughter missing.
Of these children, nearly four out of five are abused by at least one of their parents. Constant abuse and belittling can have negative impacts on a child’s self-esteem and personal life. Whether the abuse is physical, verbal, or simply emotional, the child if often left feeling as though they aren’t good enough and may never rise to meet life’s high expectations. Many take their own lives.
In 2014, nearly 1,500 children in the U.S. either took their lives or were killed by their own abusers. While these tragic events might not have been national news 20 years ago, with the creation of social media and streaming services, every suicide attempt can quickly become a worldwide event.
Twelve-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis of Cedartown, Georgia, revealed a traumatic family secret to her friends and followers during a live stream on her social media accounts.
Share this article with your followers so that anyone dealing with abuse and depression can get some insight and seek help. If you are struggling, call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or chat online here.
I absolutely hate being cold in the winter, and I’m sure our furry friends do, too.
Even though dogs and cats have natural coats to keep them warm, if they’re outside when freezing temperatures hit, they’re at risk of frostbite or death. In Turkey, where street dogs are customary and incredibly common, volunteers are stepping up to help these beloved pups.
Estimates reveal that there are around 150,000 stray dogs in Istanbul, Turkey. Unlike in America, Turkish people welcome the presence of free-roaming dogs in their cities.
If you’d like to help stray dogs in Turkey, consider donating to the Straydogs Campaign, which supports the spaying and neutering efforts there. And be sure to SHARE the story of these dogs and the heroes helping them.
On December 27, 2016, Patric Eddy and Candace Matthews’ 16-day-old baby, Mia’Kota, was severely burned while under the care of a 16-year-old cousin.
Officials say the incident was an accident, as the teenager inadvertently turned off the cold water instead of the hot while trying to bathe the baby in a sink. She told Mia’Kota’s parents and assumed they would take her to get medical treatment immediately after they picked her up.
However, the teen and her mother took the baby and called 911 when they found 25-year-old Eddy and 26-year-old Matthews passed out in their Ada, Oklahoma, home the next day.
Only a day after Victoria Martens turned 10 years old, she was raped and murdered while her own mother watched.
While this is disturbing enough, her autopsy has revealed even more horrifying information. Not only did Victoria have alcohol in her system when she died, but she also tested positive for the human papilloma virus (HPV), confirming that she had been sexually abused before.
Her mother, 35-year-old Michelle Martens, also admitted that she enjoyed watching her boyfriend, 32-year-old Fabian Gonzales, rape her little girl before he strangled her to death in August 2016.
Little Victoria’s body was found dismembered in a bathtub in her mother’s Albuquerque, New Mexico, home. Detectives believe that Gonzales and his 32-year-old cousin, Jessica Kelley, murdered her.
It’s absolutely heartbreaking to imagine everything that Victoria went through before her life was brutally cut short. Please SHARE this story if you think no child should ever have to endure such horrific abuse.
Did you know that one of this year’s hottest DIY materials is something that may have been used to build your home?
Shiplap is a type of wooden board that is often used in the construction of siding for homes. It is typically found behind drywall and is known for being relatively low maintenance. And because of its impressive strength, it can endure harsh weather conditions.
The idea of bringing shiplap to the decor side of the home has become quite popular thanks to popular television shows such as HGTV’s Fixer Upper. In a number of episodes, hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines have used the material as a decorative tool — but trust me, shiplap is not just for professional DIYers.
You might think that incorporating shiplap into your home would be a daunting task, but it’s actually very easy to work with. Here’s a quick tutorial video that shows how to build shiplap walls:
Now that you know how to plank your walls with shiplap, here are 13 shiplap design ideas that’ll make your home decor something to admire:
1. Save money on paint by installing a beautiful accent wall that will add a bit of elegance to your bathroom.
Growing up, I never considered myself much of an art fan, but that totally changed during my college years.
You might say that my tastes developed much like a fine wine, because now, I take every opportunity I can to walk around museums and see various exhibits in all their beautiful glory.
Most museums that people go to feature collections of artwork scattered across multiple rooms. If you’re lucky, you might find yourself in the presence of a work by da Vinci, Monet, or Warhol. Just about every museum has something that sets it apart from the rest, but the Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA) is unlike any I’ve ever seen before, and it’s taking art to new depths.
In 2009, MUSA became the world’s first underwater museum.
The impressive museum is the brainchild of Jaime González Cano, the director of the National Marine Park; Roberto Díaz Abraham, the former president of the Cancun Nautical Association; and sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor.
At one time or another, most of us have probably dug a hole in our yard.
We might’ve just been playing around as kids, or perhaps we were burying a time capsule or a dearly departed furry fried. Usually, we only come across dirt when we’re digging, but when one 19th-century laborer was digging a trench on a local farm, he made a very interesting discovery.
While the man was working away at his trench on a farm in Kent, England, his shovel was suddenly swallowed up by the ground.
Newlove investigated the area and realized that the land below the farm was hollow. To look into the matter further, he tied a length of rope around his young son Joshua and lowered him down into the abyss through a hole.
Newlove knew that this underground grotto was something special, so he set out to make the site a tourist attraction. Soon, the Shell Grotto was born. The Grotto opened its doors to the public in 1838 and has been a popular destination ever since.
If I know anything about dogs, it’s that they love to chase things.
Playing fetch with my family Labrador was one of my favorite activities growing up in the middle of the woods. My pup, like many pups, would go after tennis balls, stuffed animals, and hilariously large sticks — but I’ve never seen a dog go after a branch that was still attached to a tree.
One eager German shepherd did just that, proving that he’s a true master of the high jump. What a talented animal!
If you think that sounds amazing, wait ’til you see what happened once he sunk his teeth into the biggest stick ever.