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B.C. woman who killed her two babies to have psych assessment before sentencing

VANCOUVER - A psychiatrist will assess the mental health of a Vancouver woman before she is sentenced for killing her two newborn babies. Lawyers in B.C. Supreme Court agreed that a psychiatric report and pre-sentencing report should be done for Sarah Leung, who was scheduled to be sentenced Monday. The 28-year-old woman was convicted last week of two counts of infanticide, rather than second-degree murder, in the deaths of her infant boys — the first in April 2009 and the second in March 2010.

Justice minister vows to get tough on child abuse

SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- The justice minister vowed Friday to get tough on child abuse and come up with preventative measures amid escalating public anger over a woman who beat her 8-year-old stepdaughter to death. "The government will sternly punish child abusers, work out various countermeasures and do all it can to better protect children," Hwang Kyo-ahn said during a policy consultation meeting at the National Assembly between the government and the ruling Saenuri Party.

Mother in high-profile international custody fight returned to U.S

By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A woman who sparked a high-profile international custody fight when she took her two U.S.-born children to her native Slovakia and failed to return on time returned to the United States on Thursday to face criminal charges, the FBI said. Maria Pfeifer, 32, is accused of taking her two young sons, then aged nine and three, to the Czech Republic and Slovakia in June 2012, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) spokesman Bill Lewis said.

Justice minister vows to get tough on child abuse

SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- The justice minister vowed Friday to get tough on child abuse and come up with preventative measures amid escalating public anger over a woman who beat her 8-year-old stepdaughter to death. "The government will sternly punish child abusers, work out various countermeasures and do all it can to better protect children," Hwang Kyo-ahn said during a policy consultation meeting at the National Assembly between the government and the ruling Saenuri Party.

Juvenile law revised to tighten penalties

Japan's parliament enacted Friday a revised juvenile law that tightens penalties on minors aged below 20 who have committed crimes, to take effect possibly in May. Under the legislation, teenagers aged 14 to 17 at the time of committing a crime as serious as to deserve life imprisonment for adults will face up to 20 years in prison, against 10 to 15 years previously. For juveniles below 20 at the time of sentencing, the revised law raises so-called indeterminate sentences to 10 to 15 years from five to 10 years.

'Kangaroo care' trumps incubators for Colombian babies

At Bogota's San Ignacio hospital, Cesar Algeciras often spends five hours straight in the neonatal intensive care unit, lovingly clutching his premature son to his bare chest. "Feeling his heart beat is a delight," said the 36-year-old computer engineer. "Sometimes I don't even have to check the monitor to make sure he's fine."

Australian cardinal apologises to child sex abuse victim

Australia's top Catholic cleric George Pell apologised to a child sexual abuse victim Thursday, saying the church's defence of a case he brought could be seen as morally wrong, even if it was legally correct. Cardinal Pell, recently appointed by Pope Francis to head a new Vatican finance ministry, was giving evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia. Wrapping up his testimony, he apologised to former altar boy John Ellis, who was abused by a priest from the age of 13.

Cambodia jails Briton for two years on child sex conviction

A Cambodian judge on Monday jailed a British teacher for two years for sexually abusing three young brothers at a Phnom Penh guesthouse. Richard Fruin, 36, a convicted paedophile in the United Kingdom, was arrested last October on suspicion of sexually abusing the boys aged eight, 10 and 11-years-old. He had been teaching English in a private school in the capital for adults and children, despite serving a one year jail term in Britain in 2005 for producing child porn.

Graco adds 403,222 child seats to recall; defies government demand to recall 1.8 million more

DETROIT - Graco Children's Products has added more than 403,000 child seats to last month's recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles. But the added seats won't end a dispute with the U.S. government's road safety watchdog. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration still wants Graco to add 1.8 million infant seats to the recall because they have the same buckles.

Graco adds 403,222 child seats to recall; defies government demand to recall 1.8 million more

DETROIT - Graco Children's Products has added 403,222 child seats to last month's recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles. But the added seats won't end a dispute with the U.S. government's road safety watchdog. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration still wants Graco to add 1.8 million infant seats to the recall because they have the same buckles.
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