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Kelsey and Kayte Grammer weren't going to let a booked babysitter spoil their fun.

After failing to find a replacement sitter, the couple reportedly brought their 3-month-old daughter Faith to the Playboy mansion's infamous Halloween bash on Saturday, according to Examiner.com. The "Boss" star propped the baby up in a corner surrounded by scantily clad drunk people, to the horror of many partygoers.

While it may have been a dumb move, could it be considered abuse or endangerment?

A 5-week-old boy was brought into a Valley hospital Tuesday for a number of health problems, including dehydration and a bruised cheek. When doctors examined the baby, however, they found that he was also suffering from broken ribs, AZfamily.com reports.

The infant's father, 19-year-old Benjamin Joseph Cooper, first denied having any knowledge about the broken ribs. During an interrogation, however, he allegedly broke down, telling police that he accidentally squeezed his son too tightly while swaddling him in a blanket.

Was the incident an accident or child abuse?

After over three decades of marriage, Jessica Simpson’s parents have apparently had enough.

Last month, Tina Simpson filed for divorce from husband Joe Simpson in a Texas court, TMZ reports. According to the filing, Tina blames the split on a “conflict of personalities.”

On Friday, Manuel Antonio Gonzales told authorities that his 21-month-old nephew had drowned while playing with a garden hose. However, when doctors examined Xavier Becerra Martinez, they found injuries consistent with child abuse on the boy’s body, CBS 5 reports.

Martinez later died at the hospital. Now Gonzales is facing child abuse and first-degree murder charges in his nephew’s death.

On Thursday, Elizabeth Johnson, was convicted of custodial interference and other charges for her role in the disappearance of her son “Baby Gabriel,” The Associated Press reports.

The jury failed to reach a verdict on Johnson’s most serious charge, kidnapping. She was instead convicted of the lesser count of unlawful imprisonment. Johnson was facing up to 27 years in prison, but now faces only two to nine years.

Synthetic pot seems to have taken the place of bath salts as the go-to drug for people who want a terrifying, life-destroying experience.

On Monday, Phoenix police received a 911 call from 29-year-old Jesse Martell Miller, reportedly saying, “I just beat up my daughter.” According to authorities, Miller brutally abused his 18-month-old daughter while high on Spice, a brand of synthetic marijuana, AZfamily.com reports. He’s now facing a child abuse charge.

Foster parent Steven Joseph Holland has been accused of sexually abusing seven children who were under his care from 2005 to 2011, CBS 5 reports.

The alleged crimes came to light after a 4-year-old boy told daycare workers that his foster parent had molested him. The 13-month investigation of Holland culminated in a number of charges, including child molestation, sexual abuse, and sexual conduct with a minor.

Child Protective Services was notified at the onset of the investigation. CPS eventually pulled the foster licenses of both Holland and his wife, Alma Holland.

Vu Quang Tran and Siobhan Grogan just wanted to be “like a normal family,” so they locked their special needs child in the bathroom while they went to the park, CBS 5 reports.

A maintenance worker found the 8-year-old boy standing in two inches of water in the apartment bathroom. Now the couple’s facing child abuse charges.

New evidence has come to light in the case of Jhessye Shockley, the five-year-old who’s been missing for nearly a year.

Last month, Shockley’s mom, Jerice Hunter, was charged with murder and child abuse in her daughter’s disappearance. Shockley’s relatives have come forward, claiming that they long suspected that the girl was being abused, The Arizona Republic reports.

An unplanned pregnancy can be scary. So scary that some mothers choose to abandon their baby in a place where the child won't be found until it's too late.

That's why Arizona legislators passed the state's safe haven law. The law protects mothers who abandon their infants at designated locations. Below, we've included everything you need to know about Arizona's safe haven law.

In May, a 13-year-old girl told a friend that her dad's girlfriend had hit her in the face with a spatula.

When Surprise police caught wind of the allegation and began investigating the case, they discovered an extensive history of abuse and molestation, Phoenix New Times reports. According to authorities, the abuse involved not only the dad's girlfriend, but the dad and another male friend as well.

Prosecutors in the Elizabeth Johnson trial saved their most brutal evidence for last.

Shortly before resting their case, prosecutors played a phone call recorded by Logan McQueary, the father of missing "Baby Gabriel," in which Johnson reportedly admits to killing the then-8-month-old boy, The Arizona Republic reports.

"Gabriel's in the Dumpster," Johnson is heard saying on the recording. "You want to talk to girls, that's the price you pay."

Second-hand cigarette smoke is already bad enough for kids. But what about second-hand heroin smoke?

Mikae Dunklin, 22, and her 23-year-old fiance Michael Virginis were arrested Sunday after police responded to a call at their Mesa home, The Arizona Republic reports.

According to police, Dunklin admitted to smoking and selling heroin in front of her 3-year-old son.