Gerrit Jan van D., a 67-year-old man found living in complete isolation with six of his nine children on a farm in Ruinerwold last year, sexually abused two of his oldest children when he thought they were possessed by the spirit of their mother or another woman, the Public Prosecutor revealed in court during the first proforma hearing of this case on Tuesday.
Gerrit Jan van D. regularly beat and abused his children in the around nine years they were kept secluded on a farm in Ruinerwold, according to accounts of how he drove "evil spirits" out of them that he wrote down himself and testimony the children gave the police. In some of those "exorcisms" Van D. used his "spiritual sword", the Telegraaf reports based on those accounts, which are described in the book Spookhoeve Ruinerwold set to publish later this week.
A police judge sentenced a 31-year-old man to community service for child abuse because he shaved his 9-year-old daughter's head after she made a mistake while copying bible passages. The judge instructed the man to "think about his parenting methods" while working for the community, AD reports.
The Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate, approved a legislative proposal by Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security to increase the maximum punishments for crimes that fall under organized crime. The new law, which will take effect on January 1st, also includes a harsher approach to revenge porn and a longer statute of limitation for child abuse.
The police launched an investigation in and around a home in Wormerveer in connection with an incident in which a "very young child sustained serious injuries". The child was admitted to hospital in critical condition over the weekend. Exactly what happened, is not clear.
The police believe the incident happened in a home on Kerkstraat. A mobile police post was set up at the home on Wednesday. Black screens shielded the scene from the public, according to a photos taken at the scene.
The court in Breda convicted couple Hidufun and Noriku M. from Molenschot of attempted manslaughter and sentenced them to four years in prison. They were found guilty of starving, neglecting and abusing six of their seven children, AD reports.
Japanese couple Noriku and Hidufun M. from Molenschot in Noord-Brabant are facing attempted manslaughter charges for seriously neglecting and starving six of their seven children. The Public Prosecution Service demanded prison sentences of 4 years and 3 years and 10 months against them respectively, AD reports.
Two childminders from Brunssum were again arrested for the death of a 5-month-old baby that was in their care in October 2017. Their arrests were prompted by the final report on the cause of the baby's death, the Public Prosecution Service said to 1Limburg.
"We are still studying [the report], but it gave us enough reason to arrest both people again", a Public Prosecution spokesperson said to 1Limburg. He would not say what the report contained.
A 27-year-old man was arrested in Leiden over the weekend for abusing an 8-year-old boy and live-streaming the abuse on a Facebook group. The police came into action after receiving multiple reports of the live stream, the police said in a statement on Monday.
Using several objects that could be seen on the live stream, police officers managed to identify where the abuse was taking place. They responded to the home in the center of Leiden during the early hours of Sunday morning.
Of the around 1 thousand reports about sexual, physical and psychological abuse in youth care, only six may result in criminal prosecution. The rest of the cases are time-barred, newspaper Trouw reports based on data requested from the Public Prosecution Service.
A victim of violence and sexual abuse in youth care is suing the Dutch state for acting unlawfully in her request for recognition and compensation. The now 68-year-old Jeannette de Geus is also suing Youth Protection for negligence, NOS reports.
Two neglected boys found locked into an apartment in the Zaanstreek region last summer, are doing well under the circumstances, the police said after a Facebook post by the police inspector who found the young children caused a commotion on social media, NOS reports.
Two frightened and seriously neglected boys were rescued from an apartment in the Zaanstreek region. Police inspector Tom Verweij found the two children, dressed only in their underwear, on a piping hot day after a call from a neighbor, he said in a Facebook post. According to Verweij, the kids showed animal behavior and weren't able to talk. He did not mention exact dates or the exact location.
A 33-year-old man was sentenced to 22 years in prison for abusing a 14-month-old girl from Hengelo to such an extent that she died. The court in Alemlo convicted Maick S., the boyfriend of baby Xaja's mother, of murder. The sentence is 8 years longer than the Public Prosecutor demanded, partly because of the "particularly violent manner" in which he killed the girl, NU.nl reports.
Multiple experts and aid agencies in Noord-Brabant failed in caring for a baby who died in Breda as a result of abuse within the family, the Inspectorates for Healthcare and Youth and for Justice and Security concluded after investigation, NU.nl reports.
The 7-month-old boy died in hospital late in 2017. An autopsy showed that the baby died because he was beaten or shaken violently. His father was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.
Over 700 thousand Dutch adults faced domestic violence at least once over the past five years. And more than 100 thousand children in the Netherlands are abused each year, according to an extensive and long term study by scientific research and documentation center WODC, the Volkskrant reports.
The mandatory screening for child abuse that doctors in the Netherlands have to do is so ineffective that it should be abolished, according to pediatrician and professor of social pediatrics Elise van Putte, also the chairman of the National Expertise Center for Child Abuse. The questionnaires not only lead to unjustified accusations, but also miss hundreds of abused kids, she said at the annual convention on domestic violence, the Volkskrant reports.
The early results of an investigation into the severity of domestic violence in the Netherlands showed that incidents are repeated in the same families far more frequently than previously thought. The Verwey-Jonker Instituut announced the results in conjunction with domestic violence hotline provider Veilig Thuis.
They are looking into the behavior of about 1,200 parents and 1,550 children.
The court in Zutphen convicted a 35-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman from Germany for abusing and neglecting their then 8-year-old son at a camp site in Winterswijk. They were each sentenced to three years in prison, NU.nl reports.
The parents of an 8-year-old boy found emaciated and neglected on a campsite near Winterswijk last summer, are standing trial on Tuesday. They kept the child tied up and locked into a chest for hours or even days at a time, according to statements by the boy that were read in the court in Zutphen, AD reports.
The court in Utrecht found 59-year-old Henk K. from Bunschoten-Spakenburg guilty of abusing his own children and sentenced him to two years in prison. He is also not allowed to contact 14 of his children and grandchildren, NU.nl reports.
Henk K. and his wife Diana have 19 children. The parents are very religious and strict in their upbringing. In 2016 a number of the children pressed charges against their father, saying that he systematically abused them for years.
Frustration about baby Hannah being taken away from her led Kim de L. to kidnapping her child in front of a Lidl supermarket in Eersel on Monday, her lawyer Anne Winters said to news wire ANP.
A 40-year-old teacher was convicted for the rape of a 13-year-old girl on Tuesday. The teacher at secondary school Terra College in Assen was sentenced to 13 months of imprisonment, of which 10 months are conditional. His victim was one of his young students, according to Nu.nl.
Victims of child abuse while in youth care faced violence for an average of 7.5 years, according to a report by investigative committee Violence in Youth Care. More than half of the victims did not report the abuse, because the possibility of doing so did not exist, or because they were scared, RTL Nieuws reports.