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March 12, 2019

6 yrs old Boy Almost Died of Tetanus ($800,000.) Because Parents Kept Him Away From Vaccines

A nurse administers a measles vaccine to a teenager on Feb. 21, 2019.
A new federal report details the frightening, exhausting, and extremely expensive experience of one family whose child contracted a vaccine-preventable disease.


A 6-year-old boy who never got his childhood vaccinations spent nearly two months in a hospital and nearly died after contracting tetanus from a cut on his forehead, racking up more than $800,000 in medical expenses.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention details the exhausting and expensive fight the family had with a highly-preventable disease.

Tetanus is a bacterial infection usually transmitted by soil: think not wearing gloves while gardening and cutting your finger on a thorn or scraping your knee at the park. The bacteria then releases toxins that cause painful spasms and cause a person to lose control of their body, according to the CDC, and lead to broken bones, pneumonia, and difficulty breathing. About 10% of cases are fatal. 

"This case report reminds us that tetanus is severe and life-threatening illness," Dr. Judith Guzman-Cottrill, a pediatric infectious-disease specialist who co-authored the report and cared for the boy, told BuzzFeed News. "It was hard to see him suffer. Vaccinations can prevent these terrible diseases."

Last year, the 6-year-old boy was playing on his family’s farm in Oregon when he scraped his forehead. His family cleaned and sutured the wound, but six days later, his jaw started to clench and lock, and his arms and upper body spasmed uncontrollably. His whole body then began to experience seizures and he started arching his neck and back. Later that day, he struggled to breathe, the CDC said.

The boy's parents called for help and an emergency helicopter took him to a pediatric medical center. He craved water, but couldn’t drink it because he couldn’t open his mouth. Still barely able to breathe, physicians had to stick a tube down his windpipe.

Doctors diagnosed him with a tetanus infection, the first case seen in Oregon in about 30 years, and gave him several rounds of vaccines and a large dose of tetanus immune globulin, a common immunization that helps the body defend itself against diseases.

The boy, who was not identified, spent the next 47 days in intensive care, mostly in a dark room with ear plugs to minimize any stimulation, which intensified his spasms. He also remained hooked up to a breathing machine and was constantly medicated through an IV to help calm his muscles, pain, and blood pressure.

Still, according to the CDC, the boy continued to get worse. Five days later, doctors cut a hole in his neck and inserted a tube to help him breathe.

On the 44th day, he was finally able to sip some clear liquids and, two days later, he left the intensive care unit. After 50 days in the hospital, he was able to walk 20 feet, but still needed to spend 17 more days in a rehabilitation facility to regain the ability to move his legs and body, the CDC said.

When it was all said and done, the family had racked up a bill of $811,929 — nearly 72 times what it usually costs for an average child, the authors reported. His parents also have to pay for the emergency helicopter transport, rehabilitation, and follow-up visits.

One dose of DTaP, the tetanus vaccine, ranges from $24 to $30. Guzman-Cottrill said that about five rounds of the medication could have prevented his infection.

But even after the near-death experience, the family declined the second dose of the vaccine needed to be immunized against tetanus and other recommended immunizations, the CDC reported.

William Schaffner, a vaccine and infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, told BuzzFeed News that the boy's painful ordeal was "enormously problematic" because he contracted "a disease that we had eliminated virtually in the US."

"It's not by accident but intent that Oregon hasn't seen a case in 30 years and basically every other state could make that statement," he said. "It's a fierce illness. That's why this case is so enormously problematic."

And while the boy not receiving any vaccinations prior to the infection was "troubling," it was the parents' decision to again refuse to vaccinate the child that was hard to comprehend, Schaffner said.

As the boy was recovering, Guzman-Cottrill said she gave his parents educational materials explaining the benefits of all immunizations, but they still refused.

"He could get this again," Schaffner said. "Even though you had a case of tetanus you remain susceptible, so they could go through this whole experience again." 

A nurse administers a measles vaccine to a teenager on Feb. 21, 2019.
Nationwide, there’s been a 95% drop in tetanus infections over the past 80 years since child vaccinations and adult booster shots became more common, the CDC said. However, between 2009 and 2015, 16 people in the US have died from tetanus and doctors have recorded 197 infections.

The CDC report comes as the US is grappling with a growing anti-vaccination movement bolstered by the spread of misleading content social media platforms. Major tech companies like YouTube and Amazon have recently pulled and banned anti-vaxx ads and videos from their sites.

The US is also in the throes of one of the worst measles outbreaks since 1992. In Washington and Oregon, the preventable disease has sickened more than 75 people, many of them children, prompting a visit from the US surgeon general. In Clark County, Washington, parents had to keep more than 800 kids home from school because of exposure to the disease.

"There are many scary diseases of yesteryear, as we say, that could come out of the woodwork," Schaffner said. "The Oregon case is a terribly painful but absolutely vivid lesson and I hope that parents listen to this story."

December 18, 2018

This Soldier Climbed to Become A General but His Daughter Told The Story of A Munster, Sex Deviant, with Her

Jennifer Elmore, photographed in her home in Chapel Hill, N.C. in May. (Jeremy M. Lange/For The Washington Post)

 For retired Maj. Gen. James J. Grazioplene, getting arrested and photographed in an orange jumpsuit in Northern Virginia this month was the latest humiliation following a lengthy military investigation in which the Army charged him with rape, only to have the case dismissed on a technicality. 
For his daughter and military prosecutors, it was something else: a second chance at seeing whether a court will convict Grazioplene of rape.
Jennifer M. Elmore, 47, said in an interview that she first reported to the Army in 2015 that her estranged father had sexually abused her when she was a child. The service investigated for two years before bringing a case against Grazioplene in April 2017.
“Sometimes, it’s just easier to shut your mouth,” said Elmore, a senior vice president with Abbot Downing, a division of Wells Fargo focused on wealthy clients. “But if I stay silent and the next person opts for that, and the next person opts for that, and the next person opts for that, where are we?”  
As a matter of policy, The Washington Post does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault, but Elmore said she wants to tell her story and discussed it at length with The Post over the past seven months. Five other people as well as letters from the 1980s and 1990s corroborated parts of Elmore’s account. Those people included Grazioplene’s sister, who said the general admitted years ago that he assaulted his daughter.
Grazioplene, 69, is among the few generals in modern history that the Army has attempted to court-martial. He retired in 2005 after a career that included stints as a commander within the 82nd Airborne Division and senior staff positions at the Pentagon. After retiring, he became a vice president at the contractor DynCorp International but is no longer with the company.
He maintains his innocence, but he and one of his lawyers, Thomas Pavlinic, declined to discuss the case. Multiple attempts to reach other family members, including his wife, son and other siblings, were unsuccessful.
“I will not comment,” Grazioplene said in a Sept. 6 phone call. “The charges are false and incorrect. Nope.”

A mug shot of James J. Grazioplene released by Prince William County Police. (Photo by Prince William County Police)
The Army last year convened a hearing at Fort Meade, Md., in which Elmore testified. The service determined that there was enough evidence to hold a trial, but the case was dismissed because of a decision in another case — United States v. Mangahas — by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. It found that a five-year statute of limitations applied in the Mangahas case, which centered on an allegation of rape from 1997. A military judge, in response, dismissed the case against Grazioplene, saying the clock had also run out on prosecuting the general.
On Dec. 3, however, a grand jury in Prince William County indicted Grazioplene on multiple counts of rape and incest, following a four-month investigation, and he was arrested Dec. 7 in Gainesville, Va. 
There is no statute of limitations in Virginia on rape charges.
With a new case pending, Elmore and her attorney, Ryan Guilds, declined to comment further beyond what they said in interviews before the new charges were filed. Officials in Prince William and with the Army also declined to comment on the case and on whether they are cooperating.
Elmore said that her memories of abuse start when she was 3 years old. Her first recollection of it is her father molesting her while she was sitting on a washing machine in her maternal grandmother’s home in LeRoy, N.Y., she said.
“It was just him and myself, and I can picture it. The laundry. The stairs. The stone,” she said. “I couldn’t understand what was happening, but I knew I was terrified.” 
Over the next 15 years, the family moved around as Grazioplene was stationed in New York, Kansas, North Carolina, Germany and Virginia. Elmore said the abuse escalated to include “night visits” to her bedroom.
The Army charged Grazioplene with rape in the period from 1983 to 1989. Prince William authorities are focused on the years 1988 and 1989, when the family lived off-base in Woodbridge, Va., and Elmore was a high school junior.
The Grazioplenes moved back to Fort Bragg, N.C., before her senior year, and the abuse continued there, she said. She moved away in the summer of 1989 to attend Campbell University, a private Christian school less than 30 miles away. Elmore said she was in college before she first told others about what had happened to her. 
Jennifer Elmore at home in Chapel Hill, N.C., on May 24, 2018. (Jeremy M. Lange/For The Washington Post) 
One early confidant was Christopher Herring, a high school friend who had a “very short but kind of intense” period of dating with Elmore in fall 1989, he said. Herring, now an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, said that she was sweet, but sometimes sullen. He learned from her at some point that she had been abused at home, he said. 
“I didn’t poke too much more into it because, quite honestly, I was probably afraid of what I might learn,” Herring said. 
Elmore also confided in Grazioplene’s younger sister, Elizabeth Powley, who confronted her brother, she said.
“He said it was the worst thing he could have ever done to anybody, and that it was not happening still,” Powley said. “To this day, I will die not knowing why my brother did this.” 
After college, Elmore took a financial job in Charlotte and grew increasingly estranged from her parents.  She married and had a son, but was divorced by age 30.
Two friends contacted by The Post — Nikki Cross of Durham, N.C., and Julie Adams of Mebane, N.C. — said Elmore described being abused by her father while they were co-workers.
Cross said she worked with Elmore in a Durham office of Wachovia for a few years beginning around 2001, and they often talked about their Christian faith. One day, Cross said, Elmore said she’d been sexually abused as a child and was considering going to a support group for victims at Crossroads Fellowship Church in Raleigh. She elaborated in later conversations. 
“I was so floored,” Cross said. “It’s really hard to even go back and think about this, because it’s just so deep and dark.”
Adams said she grew close to Elmore as they opened the Abbot Downing office in Raleigh in 2011.
“She indicated that she had been sexually abused by her father, and I think that’s as graphic as the details got at that juncture,” Adams said.
Elmore remarried in 2006 and said she began considering reporting her father to authorities in January 2015. The tipping point, she said, was a phone call in which her parents again expressed frustration that she would not forgive them, as Grazioplene said that “‘the only thing worse that I could have done to you is murder you,’ ” she said.
Elmore’s second husband, Michael Willauer, said they were in a car during the call, and he heard the conversation. 
Elmore said she called Fort Bragg, and within hours investigators asked her to come in for an interview.
The following day, she traveled to the base accompanied by Adams and years of evidence she said she had collected, including some letters that her mother had written to Powley, the aunt. 
“Jim has . . . made an attempt at sexually molesting Jennifer,” one 1986 letter from Ann Marie Grazioplene to Powley reads. “She was sleeping, thank God, and I caught him before he got started.” Powley confirmed receiving it.
In a 1990 letter written from college, Elmore wrote to Powley and apologized for how she had “so bluntly revealed everything to you.” Elmore added that she felt she had “no right to feel that I could make such crude accusations and have you condemn Dad, as we both agreed I subconsciously wanted.” Elmore’s attorney showed the letters to The Post.
Speaking last spring, Elmore said she is grateful to the Army for pursuing her case.
Her husband, Willauer, choked up while describing his wife’s fight to be heard.
“It has been a progression, and it’s been an attempt over and over again to honor the truth in countless ways,” he said. “And being left with no other choice but this one.”
Through tears, Elmore agreed.
“I want to be heard,” she said. “I want to matter enough that the truth matters.” 

August 8, 2018

German Couple Sells Their 12 y.o. Son to A Pedophile Ring on The Dark Net

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 A woman who sold her son to paedophiles on the dark net has been jailed for 12 years and six months by a court in southern Germany.
Couple in court, 7 Aug 18
The couple's sexual exploitation case shocked Germany
(faces blurred for legal reasons)
The Freiburg court also jailed her partner, the boy's stepfather, for 12 years. The boy was nine when the trial began in June.
The German nationals, 48 and 39 years old, had sexually abused the boy themselves for at least two years. 
The dark net is an internet area beyond the reach of mainstream search engines.
On Monday the court jailed a Spanish man for 10 years for sexually abusing the boy repeatedly. 
Five other men have also been prosecuted in connection with the abuse.
The couple were found guilty of rape, aggravated sexual assault of children, forced prostitution and distribution of child pornography.
The boy is now living with foster parents.
The couple must now pay €42,500 (£38,000; $49,200) in damages to the boy and to a three-year-old girl, who was also abused by them. What is the dark web and is it a threat?
Trial participants, 7 Aug 18
 The defendants (L and C): Faces are not shown because
 of strict German privacy law
German media report that child welfare authorities in Baden-Württemberg state have been heavily criticised for failing to stop the couple's abuse.
The boy had been removed from the couple temporarily by social workers, but was then handed back to them.
Spiegel news website reports that welfare officers had not exchanged information about the case that could have led them to the couple's crimes.
According to case psychiatrist Hartmut Pleines, quoted by Spiegel, the mother's claim that she was in thrall to her partner when she committed the abuse, was false. 
She did not explain her actions, but her partner did speak a lot in court during the two-month trial, Spiegel reported.

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