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Police have arrested a Phoenix mother and her boyfriend for what investigators say is one of the worst cases of child abuse in recent memory, AZfamily.com reports.

Ashley Buckman and James Edward have been charged with multiple counts of child abuse and failure to protect a child. Buckman's 4-year-old daughter is currently in extremely critical condition as a result of alleged abuse by Buckman and Edward, according to Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department.

On Tuesday morning, a 6-month-old girl drowned in a bathtub at her Glendale home when her parents left her unattended, AZfamily.com reports.

According to authorities, the girl’s mother gave her a bath after she soiled her diaper. After leaving the girl unattended for a moment, the mother returned to find the girl underwater.

Today is National Missing Children’s Day, a time to raise awareness about child abduction and how to prevent it.

The Glendale Police Department is using the occasion to remind parents and guardians to keep high-quality photos of their children, AZfamily.com reports. In emergency situations, clear, up-to-date photos are important tools in notifying the public about missing children.

On Wednesday, a Paradise Valley woman was found guilty of charges stemming from the 2009 drowning death of her mentally disabled 4-year-old son, AZfamily.com reports.

The jury found 45-year-old Nadia Bashir guilty of negligent homicide and child abuse after less than a day of deliberations. She reportedly left the toddler unattended by the pool.

Rebecca Celis, the mother of Isabel Celis, is defending her husband in the wake of an order from authorities last week barring the man from seeing his other two children, The Huffington Post reports.

It’s been over a month since 6-year-old Isabel Celis disappeared from her Tucson home. Last week, child welfare officials prohibited Celis’ father, Sergio Celis, from seeing his other two children, leading to speculation about whether Sergio played a role in the girl’s disappearance.

While Facebook is a great way to connect with people, it may also be a good way to burn bridges, according to a new study.

A study by Divorce Online, a legal services firm, found that over a third of divorce filings last year contained the word “Facebook,” Smart Money reports. Is it a coincidence, or does Facebook somehow make infidelity more convenient?

On Thursday, a Maricopa County Superior Court jury found Tammi Smith guilty on charges of forgery and conspiracy to commit custodial interference, The Arizona Republic reports.

Smith was on trial for her alleged role in the December 2009 disappearance of baby Gabriel Johnson. According to prosecutors, Smith aided Gabriel’s mother, Elizabeth Johnson, in keeping the boy out of his father’s lawful custody.

People generally think of child support as only covering a child’s basic needs, like food, shelter, and clothing. However, most states, including Arizona, have guidelines outlining a whole spectrum of uses for child support payments.

Below, we’ve included several expenses that can be paid for with child support.

On Tuesday, attorneys made their closing arguments in the case of Tammi Smith, a woman charged with forgery and conspiracy to commit custodial interference for her role in the disappearance of baby Gabriel Johnson, Fox News reports.

The case has now been handed over to the jury. Smith has been accused of aiding Gabriel’s mother, Elizabeth Johnson, in keeping the boy out of his father’s rightful custody.

Child welfare officials have forbidden the father of missing Isabel Celis from having contact with his other children, AZfamily.com reports.

Tucson police recently brought Child Protective Services into its investigation into the disappearance of 6-year-old Celis. CPS has requested that Sergio Celis, the girl’s father, live separately from and avoid contact with his two sons for the time being.

The latest cover of Time magazine has sparked a deluge of comments, The Associated Press reports. The cover shows Jamie Lynne Grumet, a 26-year-old mother of two, breastfeeding her 3-year-old son. While that may not seem like a big deal, commentators have noted that by placing a young, attractive mother on the cover, Time seems to be sensationalizing, or even sexualizing, the cover story’s topic.

The cover story is about “attachment parenting,” a child-rearing philosophy that encourages extensive physical contact between parents and their children, including breastfeeding well beyond infancy. The controversy over the story has raised an interesting question: where do we draw the line between attachment parenting and illegal child abuse or molestation?

With Mother's Day this weekend, many families will be gathering together to celebrate moms of all kinds.

While many people think of biological motherhood when they hear "mom," there are several ways to be a mother in Arizona. Below, we''ve included the different forms of motherhood discussed in Arizona law.

On Friday, Gov. Jan Brewer signed a law that blocks all public funding to Planned Parenthood and other family planning organizations, Courthouse News Service reports.

According to Brewer, House Bill 2800 is “a common sense law that tightens existing state regulations and closes loopholes in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortion, whether directly or indirectly.” The bill’s opponents, however, have argued that the new law will cut off many women’s access to preventive health care measures like cancer screening and birth control.

An El Mirage man has been arrested on child abuse charges after the man’s 5-year-old son was found to have severe bruising, The Arizona Republic reports.

The boy’s mother discovered the bruises, after her son complained that his buttocks hurt. According to El Mirage Police Department, 29-year-old Derek Sarber was arrested and charged with one count of felony child abuse on April 26.

Last month, a windfall for a Phoenix couple turned out to be a windfall for three elderly victims as well, AZfamily.com reports.

Kimberly Lemke was able to pay $361,184.76 to three elderly people she previously cheated after her husband, Gerald Phillips Jr., won a $5.7 million jackpot at Casino Arizona near Loop 101.

Last week, Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies discovered two meth labs in a Sun City home where three children lived, AZfamily.com reports. One of the labs was in the house, and one was in the garage.

Deputies were visiting the Crossriver home in order to arrest 29-year-old Lancelot Lipe for allegedly assaulting a deputy last week. Now Lipe will likely face child endangerment and drug charges, in addition to the assault charges.