The San Diego, California-based Rock Church and one of its employees have been named as defendants in a civil lawsuit claiming that the church, among others, failed to report and investigate child abuse and neglect by former elder and volunteer Leticia McCormack. McCormack was arrested last November and charged with torturing her 11-year-old adopted daughter, Arabella, who was murdered by McCormack's father.
Police in Buffalo, N.Y., have arrested and charged a man with a hate crime after he allegedly toppled over a statue of Mary in front of a Catholic church.
Michael Manns, 40, of Buffalo, was charged with criminal mischief designated as a hate crime after he allegedly pushed the statue over in what police say was a targeted attack in front of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church.
A church in Maryland recently fell victim to a vandalism attack that left roughly $100,000 in damages.
The attack occurred on June 8 at Fowler United Methodist Church, a predominantly African American congregation in Annapolis. Anne Arundel County Police are investigating the act as a possible hate crime.