Minnesota Child Protection News For March 2016

March 16, 2016 in Adoption, Child Death, Crime and Courts, Kids At Risk Action (KARA), Politics and Funding, Public Policy, The States by Mike Tikkanen

KoalaThese stories about Minnesota’s abused and neglected children and their issues have been gathered March 1st through March 31 2016.

 

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Itasca County struggling with overtime, costs for child protection

Hibbing Daily Tribune

The Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children, according to the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services (DHS), was created …

 

Names of 16 priests accused of abusing children in New Ulm Diocese released

Minneapolis Star Tribune

The list becomes public just weeks before the deadline of the Minnesota Child Victim’s Act, which opened a three-year window for older abuse cases …

Names released of 16 priests accused of sexual abuse in Minnesota diocese – INFORUM

Victims Speak Out On Priests Named By New Ulm Diocese – CBS Local

Diocese of New Ulm releases names of priests credibly accused of sex abuse – Mankato Free Press

Mitchell Hamline’s Child Protection Clinic works to keep families together

Minnesota Lawyer

The Child Protection Clinic assigns Mitchell Hamline law students to … the help of outside supporters including Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Helen … a St. Paul non-profit that uses education and support to prevent child abuse.

 

March 20, 2016. Princeton, MN.

Michael S. Gunderson sentenced for two counts of felony child neglect after his two sons (aged 2 and 3) were hospitalized for severe malnutrition.

http://www.startribune.com/jail-for-dad-who-left-alone-his-starving-2-and-3-year-old-boys-in-filthy-home/372830791/

 

March 12, 2016. Red Wing, MN.

Sammy Antonio White sentenced to 13 years in prison for physical and sexual child abuse spanning two years.

http://www.republican-eagle.com/news/crime-and-courts/3985166-red-wing-man-gets-13-years-abuse-case

 

March 18, 2016. Burnsville, MN.

Jason Lott convicted of attempted second degree murder and assault for stabbing his ex-girlfriend and trying to stab her 14-year-old daughter.

http://www.startribune.com/burnsville-man-sentenced-for-attempted-murder-of-ex-girlfriend/372628471/

 

March 11, 2016. Worthington, MN.

Dessalegne Fissiha Desta pleads guilty to two counts of first-degree assault for attacking his wife and adult daughter with a hammer.

http://www.dglobe.com/news/crime/3985331-desta-sentenced-assault-case

 

Sheriff: 7-month-old found dead at south-central MN home

Rick Kupchella’s BringMeTheNews

A 7-month-old was found dead at a home in Meeker County over the weekend, … First responders on the scene determined the baby had died and an …

Child protection mandates will require on call social workers in Stevens County

Morris Sun Tribune

MORRIS — Upcoming mandates about how quickly Minnesota counties must respond to child protection reports could require social workers to be on …

Helping doctors prevent and detect child abuse

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Medical professionals filed 11 percent of the 20,167 abuse or neglect allegations that the Minnesota child protection system investigated in 2014.

 

‘Bernie Babydies of sudden infant death syndrome

Minnesota Public Radio News

Oliver died later that month of sudden infant death syndrome. … “Bernie Baby,” the cheerful infant who won the affections of people of all political …

 

Lawsuit alleging sexual abuse filed against Northwood Children’s Services

Northland’s NewsCenter

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) — An Idaho man has filed a lawsuit against Northwood Children’s Services in Duluth, accusing them of turning their heads …

 

MN parish leader arraigned in abuse coverup

KARE

Anthony Criscitelli, Robert D’Aversa, and Giles Schinelli are free until an April 14 preliminary hearing on child endangerment and conspiracy charges.

Child contracts chlamydia in alleged sexual abuse

Brainerd Daily Dispatch

Jason Jamaal Allen, 28, formerly of Brainerd, was booked in the Crow Wing County Jail Thursday after he was transferred from the Minnesota …

 

Crookston Diocese seeking dismissal of sexual abuse suit

Crookston Daily Times

Doe 19’s lawsuit was filed in November 2013 under the Minnesota Child Victims Act which allows survivors of sexual abuse to sue their offenders and …

 

 

The University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis is getting a $2.5 million

Daily Journal

… renamed Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe and Healthy Children, says the new fellowship should lead to more childabuse specialists in Minnesota.

Minneapolis hospital gets $2.5M for child abuse program – Brown County Democrat

 

Jason Allen facing six felony charges of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl while she slept

 

Reporting on injured and murdered children to date by Safe Passage for Children MN

Trust Gives $2.5 Million Donation for Child Abuse Project

PerfScience

The Otto Bremer Trust has offered a donation of $2.5 million to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. The grant will …

 

MN: Research Shows Washburn Center for Children Treatment has Significant Impact on Children’s Social, Emotional and Behavioral Health (Press release)
Business Wire – March 10, 2016
A new report by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the University of Minnesota shows that social, emotional and behavioral health services provided by Washburn Center for Children have a significant impact on children’s well-being and quality of life. Report: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj98_Hw-rjLAhXswYMKHUxfB6sQFggjMAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcascw.umn.edu%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F01%2FWashburnReport.pdf&usg=AFQjCNF1Jg93AdPczwNODix0UEeVhwO1kQ
http://investor.biospace.com/biospace/news/read?GUID=31701794

 

MN: Helping doctors prevent and detect child abuse: ‘No bruise in an infant is normal’
Star Tribune – March 14, 2016
The Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis has received a $2.5 million grant to detect and prevent child abuse, with a new program to help doctors and nurses in the difficult task of differentiating accidental injuries from abuse.
http://www.startribune.com/helping-doctors-prevent-and-detect-child-abuse/372000041/

 

3.3.16,Mom charged in infant’s death

KARE

WOODBURY, Minn. – A Woodbury woman is charged with second degree manslaughter in connection with the death of her 13-week old son last …

 

U of M Masonic Children’s Hospital Receives Large Donation for Child Abuse Treatment Program

KSTP.com

According to the Department of Human Services, in 2014, there were just over 72,000 child maltreatment reports recorded in Minnesota.

Bremer donates $2.5 million for child abuse treatment – INFORUM

Helping doctors prevent and detect child abuse – Minneapolis Star Tribune

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3.15 Helping doctors prevent and detect child abuse

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Medical professionals filed 11 percent of the 20,167 abuse or neglect allegations that the Minnesota child protection system investigated in 2014.

 

3.11

KIDS COUNT Reveals Data on Watonwan County Children

St. James Plaindealer

The KIDS COUNT Data Center 2015 Minnesota fact sheet revealed … was also positive news–children in this county are safer, in terms of child abuse,

 

3.10.16 Child contracts chlamydia in alleged sexual abuse

Brainerd Daily Dispatch

Jason Jamaal Allen, 28, formerly of Brainerd, was booked in the Crow Wing County Jail Thursday after he was transferred from the Minnesota …

 

3.10.16, Crookston Diocese seeking dismissal of sexual abuse suit

Crookston Daily Times

Doe 19’s lawsuit was filed in November 2013 under the Minnesota Child Victims Act which allows survivors of sexual abuse to sue their offenders and …

 

3.10.16  ‘Bernie Babydies of sudden infant death syndrome

Minnesota Public Radio News

Oliver died later that month of sudden infant death syndrome. … “Bernie Baby,” the cheerful infant who won the affections of people of all political …

 

3.10.16,  Man to Complete 9-Month Sentence for Felony Child Neglect

WDAY  Thirty-two-year-old Michael Gunderson was charged with two counts of felony child neglect and one count of felony drug possession in Sherburne …

 

3.5.16,  Minnesota woman, toddler killed in fire

Sioux Falls Argus Leader

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A woman and her 2-year-old daughter have died in a fire at their apartment in Rochester. Police on Friday identified the victims …

 

3.4.16,  Sherburne Co. Man Accused Of Child Neglect Fails To Appear At Sentencing

CBS Local MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A warrant has been issued for a Sherburne County man charged with child neglect after he failed to appear at his …

 

3.4.16, Shine the sunlight on anti-LGBT forces at the MN Capitol  TheColu.mn  Shine the sunlight on anti-LGBT forces at the MN Capitol … like the Minnesota Family Council and the Minnesota Child Protection League are working …
3.3.16, More priests being investigated   Granite Falls Advocate Tribune

“Some say I was the first to stand up in corn fields of Minnesota to bring the issue of childhood clergy sexual abuse forward,” he said. Schwiderski says …

 

2.28.16,  County health and human services seeing spike in calls/walk-ins  Herald Review

“We know what has happened with child protection and out of home … Adopted a resolution supporting the Minnesota Broadband Vision created by …

 

2.27.16, Health wrap: J&J to pay $72 mn over talcum powder death; doctors warn of demand for ‘vaginal   Economic Times

The practice, also known as microbirthing, involves wiping the swab over the baby’s mouth, eyes, face and skin to bring it into contact with bacteria …

 

2. 22.16. Cold Spring, Minnesota.

Lehmeier accused of trying to shoot his wife and their 4-month-old infant the first night the baby was allowed to come home after all five of their children were removed from the home due to another act of violence by Lehmeier.