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A Phoenix man has been arrested for allegedly forcing his wife's two younger sisters to drink alcohol, AZfamily.com reports.

In a scene that resembled a frat hazing ritual, 31-year-old Jimmy Myron Patrick reportedly forced his underage sisters-in-law to drink beer then made the girls panhandle for money to buy more beer. Patrick has been charged with child abuse and furnishing alcohol to minors, police say.

Phoenix police are looking for a father who allegedly kidnapped his 1-year-old son on Tuesday, AZfamily.com reports.

Christopher Verland Ayers took his son after an argument with his ex-girlfriend, the boy’s mother. Investigators fear that the child may be in danger, as Ayers threatened to harm himself and the boy.

Glendale police have announced that their search for a missing 5-year-old girl is coming to an end, Phoenix New Times reports.

Jhessye Shockley has been missing since September 22, 2011. Shockley’s mother, Jerice Hunter, was arrested for child abuse in November and is the only suspect in the girl’s disappearance, authorities say.

Celebrities have long used prenuptial agreements to safeguard their fortunes in case of divorce. However, prenups can be a great tool for anyone to use. A prenuptial agreement can help you establish the financial rights of you and your spouse in divorce, protect a family business, or secure your personal assets.

However, prenups have to be done right. Below, we’ve included five reasons why a prenuptial agreement may be deemed invalid and thrown out in court.

On Tuesday, police arrested a Phoenix mother for allegedly shaking her 11-month-old daughter, AZfamily.com reports.

Maria Rivera has been charged with two counts of child abuse for the incident. Rivera’s infant daughter is currently in extremely critical condition.

Kids love cookies. Even ones with marijuana in them, apparently.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man who left some pot-laced cookies out for his 23-month-old toddler to find, Fox News reports. The child needed medical attention after taking only a bite of the weed treat, authorities say. Now, Mark Ramirez will probably face child abuse charges.

In a scene straight out of Disney’s 1995 masterpiece Heavyweights, an Indiana man has been sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for taking his grandchildren on grueling, life-threatening hikes in the Grand Canyon in order to force the boys to shed a few pounds.

Christopher Allen Carlson was convicted in February of three child abuse charges, Reuters reports. According to prosecutors, Carlson took his three grandsons, who were 8, 9, and 12-years-old at the time, on two brutal hikes through the Grand Canyon, during which he deprived the boys of food and water.

Father’s day is a time for families to get together and celebrate fathers of all kinds. But what if you’re unable to be with your child this Sunday due to disputed paternity?

Establishing paternity is a crucial step in gaining parental rights, including the right to visit your children or to object to an adoption. Below, we’ve included a few things for fathers to keep in mind when establishing their paternity.

On Wednesday, a Chandler man was sentenced to two years and three months in prison for allegedly beating his girlfriend’s 4-month-old foster child, AZfamily.com reports.

Steven Saldana pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for the incident. His girlfriend, Angelica Jimenez, entered into a plea deal and was sentenced to probation for her role in the crime.

Some parents go too far to teach their kids a lesson. On Monday, a Surprise man tried to teach his kids not to steal his liquor by getting them drunk and throwing them in the pool, AZfamily.com reports.

According to authorities, 32-year-old Kristopher Harvey punished his two son, ages 12 and 13, by making them take shots of hard liquor. He now faces two child abuse charges for his extreme approach to parenting.

On Monday, Phoenix police arrested a woman and her husband for allegedly abusing and torturing the woman’s 22-year-old brother to death, AZfamily.com reports.

According to police, James Roy Moore suffered from severe mental retardation. His sister, Molina Pinkerton, and her husband, Edward Pinkerton, were Moore’s caregivers. Instead of caring for Moore, however, the couple allegedly brutalized the man.

On Thursday, Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 56-year-old woman who allegedly handcuffed her elderly uncle to a bed, AZfamily.com reports.

Tara Ann Bergland-Hugo Von Rothlisberg has been charged with one count of elder abuse and one count of child abuse. According to authorities, the woman’s uncle was found handcuffed to a soiled bed wearing a dirty diaper in the home Von Rothlisberg shares with her 14-year-old daughter.