Day-Care Licenses Suspended
Amid Molestation Allegations
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida officials suspended the licenses of two church-affiliated day-care centers where children allegedly were sexually molested, forced to eat worms and pick each other's noses during employee-led games of "Truth or Dare."
Joshua Palin, 25, the former director of Kid's Palace centers, and an employee, Tammy Sue Warren, 29, have been charged -- Palin with molestation and Warren with a lewd display. A state report said a third employee, Claudia Foster, made children eat worms, smell each other's feet and pick each other's noses during the game. She was not charged with any crime.
Palin was accused last month with molesting two girls, ages 12 and 13, and more charges were added this week after Clay County sheriff's investigators interviewed children at the child-care centers. Palin, son of the pastor of Faith Ministries, which operated the centers for 176 children, allegedly dared children ages 5 to 14 to fondle him or each other or to perform oral sex on each other over a one-year span ending last month.
The church closed the day-care centers June 15.
* WALLACE, Idaho -- Authorities searched the Pacific Northwest for convicted rapist John Rollins Tuggle, 37, who allegedly stabbed his 12-year-old daughter, tied her up and left her for dead on the side of a mountain road. The girl was expected to survive the five stab wounds she received from a pocketknife, police said.
* SANTA ANA, Calif. -- More than three years after 5-year-old Samantha Runnion was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered, her mother confronted the man who killed her. "I know she looked at you with those amazing brown eyes, and you still wanted to kill her," Erin Runnion tearfully told Alejandro Avila in court, before a judge sentenced Avila, 30, to death.
* MIAMI -- Franklin, the sixth tropical storm of one of the busiest Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, brushed the Bahamas before moving away from the island chain on a track forecasters said would likely keep it away from the U.S. coast. The storm's most probable track was to the north and then the northeast, taking it away from the United States and far out into the Atlantic in the general direction of Bermuda, forecasters said.
-- From News Services