March Sad Stories (2016 KARA reporting)
March 16, 2016 in Adoption, Child Death, Crime and Courts, Foster Care, Health and Mental Health, International Child Abuse, Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Politics and Funding, Public Policy, The States by Mike Tikkanen
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March KARA reporting 2016
31 March 2016: Texas
A recently filed lawsuit against an Austin-based priest on charges of sexual child abuse has shed light on the gross mishandlings of the Austin Diocese. According to the Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the US, Father Milton Eggerling is the seventh Austin-based priest to be accused of sexual abuse. The victim, John Doe 120, stated that he was sexually abused over a period of five years in the 1970s between the ages of 11 to 16. Even though Mr. Eggerling died in 2008, the plaintiff’s lawyer claimed that he will hold the Austin Diocese accountable for placing numerous children in Eggerling’s care.
30 March 2016: Texas
Doctors at Cook Children’s Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment have been working on creating a program using “big data” technology, which could help predict neighborhoods where children are most likely to face abuse. The initiative, which has been named “Risk Terrain Modeling,” will take into account data collected on certain indicators linked to child abuse or neglect, including poverty rate, cases of domestic violence and aggravated assault, etc. The data will then be processed using free predictive software, which had been developed at Rutgers University, in order to forecast the communities where the risk of child abuse is deemed greatest.
30 March 2016: Indiana
As April marks Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, activists across the nation will set up pinwheels in order to raise awareness about child abuse and child neglect. The pinwheels are supposed to represent “the safe, happy childhood that’s wanted for every child.”
29 March 2016: Indiana
Governor Mike Pence of Indiana has signed a new law, which creates a publicly accessible registry for persons who have previously been charged with child abuse or child neglect. The registry is deemed to be “similar in nature to the country’s sex offender registry.” The law came in response to the tragic death of a 19-month-old toddler who was killed by his childcare provider who had previously been charged with committing child abuse.
On Wednesday, the medical examiner released its findings on how Kayden may have died on February 5, ruling “sudden unexplained infant death.”.
The health of a community is reflected in its people, down to the littlest infant. When a woman is cared for and a healthy baby is born and nurtured into …
LA Daily News
LANCASTER >> Sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a female infant in Lancaster, who died …
Death of female infant in Lancaster under investigation – MyNewsLA.com
And for now, the home daycare on Turtle Creek Drive appears to be closed following the sudden and tragic death of an infant. KHOU 11 News …
Police officer indicted in shooting, man had fork – Your Houston News
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The death of a 14-week-old boy who died suddenly Thursday does not appear to be suspicious but is being investigated according to Milwaukee …
The Providence Journal
PROVIDENCE — Lillianna Burt, the infant who died in an unlicensed foster home in December, was asphyxiated in what the state Medical Examiner’s …
WEBSTER CITY, Ia. — Authorities say an infant died at a Webster City hospital after being found unresponsive. Police and paramedics were sent to …
Police investigate death of infant in Webster City – Radio Iowa
How abuse beats up the Brain,UAMS neuroscientists …
WEBSTER CITY, IA (AP) – Authorities say an infant died at a Webster City hospital after being found unresponsive. Police and paramedics were sent to …
Miami-Dade police said Juan Antonio Gonzalez faces first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse charges after Harlow Gonzalez died March 25.
North Miami-Dade Dad Beat Infant Daughter to Death: MDPD – NBC 6 South Florida
Rationale: High serotonin levels during pregnancy impact CNS development. The possibility that a commonly used antidepressant like fluoxetine …
CA: California high court won’t intervene in Choctaw girl’s move
Associated Press – March 30, 2016
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to intervene in the case of a 6-year-old girl with Native American ancestry who was removed from her Los Angeles-area foster home and placed with relatives in Utah. Also: CA Supreme Court Denies ICWA Appeal: Breaking: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/03/30/breaking-california-supreme-court-denies-appeal-lexi-case-163974
CA: Lisa Project aims to expose child abuse
For Inspire – March 30, 2016
The goal of the Child Abuse Prevention Council is to make it a subject that is talked about, the stories shared, the public saying we no longer will let this happen. As The Lisa Project says, “Some stories need to be told.”
CA: State Conducting Sweeping Investigation of DHHS’s Handling of Child Abuse Reports
North Coast Journal – March 30, 2016
The California Attorney General’s Office has launched an investigation into the the Humboldt Department of Health and Human Services’ handling of reports of child abuse and neglect, and specifically whether it is in compliance with the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act.
CA: Victorville couple has taken in 39 foster children in 10 years
Victorville Daily Press – March 26, 2016
Foster Parent Recruiter Jessi Hodges said the Whittingslows are one of many families who have opened their hearts and homes to children through the Greater Hope Foundation, a nonprofit agency that first opened in Barstow 14 years ago. Greater Hope’s mission is to provide services that foster the physical, intellectual, emotional and social needs of abused, neglected and troubled children, Hodges told the Daily Press.
FL: 7 disciplined for mishandling case of girl found in freezer
Associated Press – March 30, 2016
Seven employees in the Manatee County Sheriff’s Child Protective Division have been disciplined for mishandling allegations of abuse involving a woman whose daughter’s body was found inside a freezer.
IN: Preventing Child Abuse in Wabash Valley (Includes video)
MyWabashValley.com – March 30, 2016
Child abuse or neglect cases occur daily in the state of Indiana. With the month of April being Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month, state officials want you to know of all the different prevention programs it offers.
KY: Political adversaries unite to fight child abuse (Opinion)(Includes video)
WDRB – March 30, 2016
It’s a fight that crosses both state and political boundaries; a cause that has everyone on the same side. It’s the effort to end child abuse.
MN: Itasca County struggling with overtime, costs for child protection
Grand Rapids Herald-Review – March 30, 2016
Family and Child Services Division Manager Becky Lauer provided a report on child protection stats for the Itasca County Board during a meeting on March 22. The report was compiled at the request of commissioners and it details the number of “intakes” the Itasca County Health and Human Services agency has received over the last three years.
MT: Go Blue Missoula bringing attention to child abuse, prevention
Missoulan – March 30, 2016
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 3.2 million children received an investigation or alternative response nationwide in 2014–of which 10,180 were in Montana. The most common type of maltreatment in Montana in 2014 was neglect (92 percent). Physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological maltreatment and medical neglect were also reported.
NY: Foster agency previously sent kid to abusive foster mom
Daily News 724 – March 30, 2016
The nonprofit agency that repeatedly sent kids to accused perv Cesar Gonzales-Mugaburu was previously forced to pay about $17 million to foster children caged, beaten and tortured by another sick foster parent.
OH: Morrow County Children Services asks for more area foster families
Morrow County Sentinel – March 30, 2016
Morrow County Children Services has worked hard to increase support to their foster parents. Children’s Services Administrator, Sharla O’Keeffe said that Morrow County Foster care rates have recently increased and are now competitive with the rates that private foster care networks pay.
TX: Pinwheel ceremony honors victims of child abuse, neglect
The Chandler & Brownsboro Statesman – March 31, 2016
The HELP Center, which offers medical exams, mental health services, case management and more, served 430 primary and secondary victims of child abuse in 2015. CPS in Henderson County reported 373 confirmed cases of abuse or neglect last year, and 139 children were removed from their homes as a result.
TX: In Fort Worth, Doctors Want To Use Technology To Predict Child Abuse (Includes video)
KERA – March 30, 2016
Doctors at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth are used to treating cases of abuse. But what they’d really like to do is prevent it. So they’re experimenting with “big data” technology that could help predict neighborhoods where kids are most likely to be abused.
UT: Governor vetoes 6 bills–including some education funding
Fox13 – March 31, 2016
Governor Herbert also vetoed a bill that dealt with grandparents’ rights in adoption proceedings. The bill, sponsored by Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper, “could be jeopardizing the rights of adoptive parents and discouraging adoption by family members,” Herbert wrote.
WA: Inslee signs bills to continue expansion of educational opportunities for all children (Press release)
Office of the Governor of the State of Washington Jay Inslee – March 30, 2016
Gov. Jay Inslee today signed two bills into law that will continue to boost educational outcomes for foster youth and take additional steps toward closing the opportunity gap for students of color and English language learners.
WI: Red flags preceded Milwaukee child’s death from methadone overdose
Journal Sentinel – March 30, 2016
And while the Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office has ruled that Isabella’s death was an accidental poisoning, a report released Tuesday by the state Department of Children and Families suggests that the girl’s death could hardly be a surprise.
US: Child protection needs a ‘race to the moon’ mentality (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – March 23, 2016
A truly courageous and overdue debate needs to happen about the intersection of federal- and state-level funding of health care, education, justice, mental health, economic opportunities and child protection. That debate should be a forward-facing one; we can’t look to the past, or even to current programs or pet projects for a single or simple answer. Information Gateway resources: Evaluating Program, Practice, and Service Effectiveness: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/management/effectiveness/
Canada: JF&CS should stay independent, executive director says
The Canadian Jewish News – March 29, 2016
Jewish Family & Child’s executive director is hoping that a government plan to amalgamate child protection service agencies won’t affect the Jewish agency.
France: Unaccompanied eight-year-old boy held at Paris airport for nine days
The Telegraph – March 30, 2016
An eight-year-old boy has been detained at Paris’s main airport for nine days after arriving from the Comoros Islands with just a Spiderman backpack and a borrowed passport. Children’s rights groups have condemned the action, which they say breaks international child protection laws.
India: NHRC issues notice to Tamil Nadu on its missing kids
Deccan Chronicle – March 31, 2016
Expressing distress over reports that the number of missing children is on the rise in Tamil Nadu, the National Human Rights Commission has sought “detailed reports” explaining the actual status from the state government.
Japan: Japan enacts new law allowing foster parents to take child care leave, starting in 2017
The Japan Times – March 31, 2016
Foster parents seeking to adopt a child as their own will be allowed to take child care leave from January under a new law enacted Tuesday, a move to help them welcome a new family member without losing their jobs.
Kuala Lumpur: These children wiped away their tears and dared to dream again because of this choir (Video)
Star2 – March 31, 2016
Visiting Kuala Lumpur, former street children from Mongolia shared their stories on living in squalor, and being rescued and rehabilitated through music and the arts. The Blue Sky Choir was established in 2004 through a children’s home called the Lighthouse Centre–an initiative by World Vision Mongolia. The choir aims to save children living on the streets and prevent a life of abuse and poverty through song.
New Zealand: Foster parents petition for adoption law change
TVNZ – March 29, 2016
There are calls for a law change to allow foster parents to adopt children in their long-term care in extreme cases.
Shaylyn’s death ‘is worst case of sexual trauma‘
It was the “worst case of sexual trauma” forensic pathologist Donna Stewart had … The affidavit charges Parker with rape, murder, child molestation, …
Photographer Rowan Renee struggles with when to tell partners about the sexual abuse Renee experienced as a child — abuse committed by …
While the child welfare system is intended to protect children, in far too many cases, it exposes them to more trauma, neglect and abuse. And that’s not …
Action News Now
Syrian War through the eyes of a child in local art exhibit … As I am an art teacher, I wanted to give them an outlet to share their trauma from the war.
Fort Worth Star Telegram
They are symbols of hope and awareness for Child Abuse Prevention … The CDC says an adult with childhood abuse trauma could be at higher risk …
Vacaville commissioner advocates for preventing child abuse – TheReporter.Com
Itasca County struggling with overtime, costs for child protection … that proactively attends to and reduces the child’s trauma of separation from persons …
We’re told the trauma found on the child was found during an autopsy, and … The father noted that the child was very fussy the day before her death.
The Providence Journal
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Woonsocket woman is asking the court for a new trial in the 2004 beating death of her nephew, 3-year-old Thomas “T.J.” …
Chambersburg Public Opinion
CHAMBERSBURG – A Chambersburg man is accused of child abuse after police say he used a belt on a child, leaving severe bruising.
He is charged with aggravated child abuse, along with child abuse and … The affidavit states the child was told to get into the tub while Mitchell went …
Memphis Man Charged With Child Abuse – Local Memphis
Danbury News Times
Lidia Quilligana, a 31-year-old nanny was caught on camera burning the hands and leg of a 3-year-old girl she was baby-sitting, a prosecutor told a …
Plea Deal Offered In Danbury Nanny Child–Abuse Case – Daily Voice
Harlow Gonzalez was born premature and died just four months later of injuries so catastrophic no baby could survive. Her ribs, arm, leg, and skull …
Miami-Dade County man accused of… – Local 10
North Miami-Dade dad accused of beating 4-month-old daughter to death – 7Online WSVN-TV
North Miami-Dade Dad Beat Infant Daughter to Death: MDPD – NBC 6 South Florida
Police were called when the youngster was taken to hospital covered in bruises and with life-threatening injuries consistent with child abuse, two days …
SANFORD – A 3-year-old boy hospitalized last week with injuries from an alleged beating died Monday morning at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, the …
The Killeen Daily Herald
Abused children wear a mantle of shame and bear their parent’s anger, rage, or pure ignorance as if they deserve it. Child abuse and family violence …
New York Post
The death of a 4-month-old Bronx boy who police had been told fell off a … But months later, it was discovered the baby’s actual injuries were more …
Bronx Baby’s Death in August Ruled a Homicide, Officials Say – New York Times
Noah Ballard-Jones died March 16 at Kosair Children’s Hospital two days after he was brought there from his home near the corner of 22nd and Date …
Police arrest man in connection to 5-month-old’s death – WLKY Louisville
BELTON, S.C. (AP) – A coroner says a baby’s death at an Anderson County day care was accidental, but likely could have been prevented if the infant …
Coroner says Belton baby’s death at day care an accident – Bowling Green Daily News
Coroner: Belton baby’s death at daycare an accident – Anderson Independent Mail
Authorities said India Rose Gilmore died Nov. 7, a day after she was taken to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin after her father said he found her …
Glens Falls Post-Star
The baby, 24 days old as of the day of her death, suffered serious head and internal injuries and was on life support until she died Thursday.
Johnsburg baby succumbs to injuries; Father may face homicide charges – Glens Falls Post-Star
KRQE News 13
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Jury selection is underway in the trial of a man charged in the death of a 14-month-old baby. Christopher Garcia was …
One of the babies died; the other survived. “That is a warning to us that maybe we’re already losing this drug,” said Umesh Vaidya, who runs the …
NBC Southern California
The longtime friend of an infant’s father who was baby-sitting the 5-month-old has been arrested after the child died, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s …
Baby girl dies after being assaulted at home in Lancaster, authorities say – Los Angeles Times
Investigators: Baby dies after Lancaster assault – The San Diego Union-Tribune
Arizona Daily Star
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A Glendale woman is being charged with child abuse after a search for her missing children led to the discovery that she …
Arrested Glendale mom could face child neglect charges – Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)
Glendale PD: 3 missing children found safe – Tucson News Now
The Department of Human Services and other agencies review cases thoroughly before substantiating a child death as caused by abuse or neglect, …
National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month – Morgan Messenger
Protect our children: supervised, safe, sound – Camp Lejeune Globe
Darke County child abuses cases up over last year – Early Bird Newspaper (press release)
Journal and Courier
Tiara Peyton, a mother accused of child neglect and possessing heroin, was spared prison time during a sentencing hearing Thursday. Peyton, 29 …
McCloud was arrested March 8 and taken to the Broken Arrow Jail on suspicion of child endangerment. That evening she was transferred to Tulsa Jail, …
Hinson is facing mulitple charges including child neglect, reckless driving and damage to property. Hinson told police she was angry while she was …
Police: Mother with baby on board rams car into home – WSOC Charlotte
A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of child neglect after a disturbance at a house in Coventry, police have said. The child was …
Pair arrested on suspicion of child neglect in Foleshill released on bail – Coventry Telegraph
A 48-year-old Lakeland woman was arrested Monday after deputies say a 2-year-old she was supposed to be taking care of was found wandering the …
Toddler found wandering while woman slept off night of meth and booze – ABC Action News
The News Center
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) – A Parkersburg woman is sentenced on drug charges, along with child neglect. Back in January 2015, police …
Two parents face child neglect and animal neglect charges after allegedly exposing their 11-year-old daughter to some of the worst living conditions …
Live 5 News
The death of a Lexington County couple’s 10-week-old daughter brought charges and now a sentence against the parents for fatal child neglect.
South Carolina Couple Gets 20 Years For Daughter’s Death – Opposing Views
44News | Evansville, IN
The child’s parents, Donna and William Leonard are now in jail and facing negligence charges of their 11 year old girl and two of their dogs. Evansville …
Alva Review-Courier / Newsgram
Terri Lee Byrd, 41, of Goltry has been charged with possession of controlled dangerous substance and child neglect, both felonies. She was also …
National Conference of State Legislatures
Each day, four to eight children die from abuse or neglect, usually at the hands of their parents. More than half are infants younger than 1 year old,…
Moving to Learn
Sedentary, overstimulated, isolated and neglected, the ways in which we are raising and educating new millennium children with technology, are no …
Polk County Sheriff’s Office
On Monday, March 28, 2016, PCSO Special Victims detectives arrested 48-year-old Leslie Wulff of Lakeland and charged her with one count …
Sanford, N.C. — A Sanford man is facing child abuse charges in connection with the death of his girlfriend’s three-year-old son who was found …
Child dies from alleged abuse – Sanford Herald (registration)
PUEBLO, Colo — We learned more about the child abuse case in pueblo that has two people facing felony charges. 25 year old Colleen Torres and …
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Reports of child abuse in Kentucky were up in 2014, but deaths resulting from child abuse reached a 10-year low in what …
Johnston County Report
A Smithfield woman is facing several charges including child abuse for allegedly placing her children in potential harm. Around 3:00 AM Monday, …
David Evege Garner, 18, appeared before a magistrate judge Monday morning to be arraigned on charges of homicide by child abuse in the death of …
US Department of Justice
ALBUQUERQUE – Fawn Lynnstar Vigil, 30, an enrolled member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation who resides in Dulce, N.M., pleaded guilty today in …
Prevent Child Abuse America
In mid-March the Commission to End Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities released their full report. Here is our official response to their report.
An Ephrata-area teacher and church pastor are facing charges following a reported case of child abuse, according to the Lancaster County District …
AR: First lady notes April’s focus is putting end to child abuse
Arkansas Online – March 30, 2016
April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, according to a proclamation issued by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. “It is the responsibility of every parent, grandparent, or other caregiver, educator, therapist, advocate, trainer, community leader, church member, after-school helper or anyone guiding, supporting, helping, or reaching out to any child to be aware of the warning signs … so that they may take the necessary steps to protect that child,” the proclamation states.
CA: Urgent pleas to California Supremes to help Lexi now
WND – March 29, 2016
An institute that already is legally challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act for being racist and imposing “a separate and disadvantageous system of rules for people of a particular ancestry” is pleading with the California Supreme Court to immediately return 6-year-old Lexi to the only parents she’s ever known. Court Filing: https://goldwater-media.s3.amazonaws.com/cms_page_media/2016/3/25/lexibrief.pdf
CO: Bill: In-state tuition for homeless students
Daily Sentinal – March 29, 2016
Sen. John Cooke, a Greeley Republican who sponsored the bill, said it wasn’t about allowing “illegal aliens” cheaper college tuition rates, but those students who are not living with their out-of-state parents, including those in foster care.
IN: ‘CAPS’ kicking off Child Abuse Prevention Month
WNDU 16 – March 20, 2016
April kicks off National Child Abuse Prevention Month. On Wednesday, Child and Parent Services of Elkhart, or CAPS, is inviting the public to take part in their annual planting of the pinwheel garden.
KS: Federal lawsuit against the State of Kansas and DCF to be filled Wednesday (Includes video)
Examiner – March 29, 2016
Raymond, a U.S. veteran had decided to move to Colorado to get proper medical treatment for his P.T.S.D. and chronic pain. This was ideal for his family. However, the state removed the children because he had used cannabis to treat his ailments. He used medicinal cannabis because psychotropic drugs did not work for him.
MS: More Trouble: New Bill In Mississippi Could Hamper Access To Same-Sex Marriage
Associated Press – March 29, 2016
The bill says public employees, business people and those involved with foster care or adoptions could not be punished for acting on beliefs that marriage should only be between a man and a woman; that “sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage”; and that gender is determined at birth.
NH: House urged to OK changes to child protection laws
Union Leader – March 29, 2016
The House committee heard testimony on three bills. One makes it easier for DCYF to get a juvenile out of a potentially dangerous situation, at least in the short-term, through a process of “emergency interim relief.” Another extends the length of time records of abuse and neglect must be retained by the state, so child protective workers can better detect patterns of abuse over time. The third gives police and child protection agencies 48 hours, instead of just 24, to prepare for a court hearing on a protective order.