New Castle Man Charged in Child Sexual Abuse Again
Aaron Douglas New was arrested last week and is now being held without bond after being charged with sexually abusing a child at his mother’s daycare. New was charged earlier this year with a Class A felony after allegations that he abused a three-year old boy while the child was enrolled in New’s mother’s daycare center between January 2012 and April 2013. Police reports show that New confirmed he had assaulted the boy after initially denying the child’s story.
The most recent charges are alleged to have occurred in early December 2013 and also involved a three-year old boy, whom New allegedly abused in New’s mother’s bedroom. The child says he was forced to promise not to tell anyone in order to be allowed to leave the room. We will be following this case closely as it proceeds.
Would you know the signs of abuse in your child?
The National Institute of Justice estimates that roughly three-quarters of child sexual abuse victims know their abuser well. This creates an incredibly complicated psychological challenge for child victims, as they so often know their abuser as someone they trust. The emotional and physical responses of the victim can vary wildly, from erratic behavior and acting out to withdrawing from friends and cherished activities. There are many red flags that should trigger you to look into possible abuse:
- Behavioral changes or extreme mood swings, may shun affection;
- Returning to behaviors they outgrew a long time ago, such as bedwetting;
- Regular nightmares;
- Becoming less talkative or exhibiting symptoms of a speech disorder;
- Acting out in inappropriate sexual ways;
- Loss of appetite;
- Desire to be alone;
- Difficulty walking or sitting due to pain or discomfort;
- Sexual knowledge or behavior that is age inappropriate;
- Complaints of headaches or stomachaches with no medical explanation;
- Soreness or rashes around genitalia;
- Fearfulness when discussing daycare or clinginess, fighting, crying, and/or fear during dropoff times;
- Urinary tract infections;
- Being secretive;
- Unexplained bruises, bite marks, etc.
Though it may be easy to explain away a small child’s expressions of displeasure about individuals who may be at his or her school or other similar setting, it is an important marker that should prompt you to ask additional questions.
If You Suspect Abuse, Take Action
If you suspect your child has been abused, it is critical that you keep the child away from the suspected abuser. Seek help by taking your child to the doctor or the hospital for evaluation. You can also contact the police or child protective services. If you are unsure of where to turn, you can always start with the Childhelp National Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD.
After taking these initial protective steps, you may want to consider contacting an attorney who can help you gain access to funds your child will need for long-terms mental and psychological recovery. If your child has been sexually abused, whether in a daycare or other setting, the personal injury lawyers of Wagner Reese can help you to understand your legal right to redress. We can handle the legal aspects, so that your energy can be better spent helping your child to recover, emotionally and physically. We don’t collect payment unless you collect payment. Call us now for a FREE consultation: (888) 204-8440.