Child Protective Services

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Complaint Details Backstory of Case of Boy Left at Goodwill

Jeremy Fitzgerald allegedly made ransom demand before taking boy across state lines

(Newser) - Two people in Tennessee are facing federal charges of kidnapping a 2-year-old boy later found abandoned at a Goodwill store in Mississippi. Authorities say 34-year-old Jeremy Fitzgerald of Memphis told the boy's mother that his sister would watch the toddler while he took her to Nashville on Sunday. But...

Doctor Warned Child Services About Girl Later Found Dead

CPS in Texas investigating death of Sherin Mathews

(Newser) - Months before 3-year-old Sherin Mathews choked to death in the Dallas suburb of Richardson as her adopted father allegedly forced her to drink milk , a doctor contacted Child Protective Services to report the girl was possibly being abused, reports the Dallas Morning News . Speaking at a Wednesday custody hearing regarding...

CPS Took Their Kids, and the Hell Began
CPS Took Their Kids,
and the Hell Began
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CPS Took Their Kids, and the Hell Began

Inside Randy and Danyelle Branning's year-long ordeal

(Newser) - San Diego–based attorney Shawn McMillan takes on only one type of case: those against California's child protective services agencies, which has paid out $20 million since 2005 as a result of his cases. Randy and Danyelle Branning were among his clients. At Atavist , Jessica Weisberg describes the "...

CPS on Kids Allowed to Walk Alone: It Was Neglect

Md. couple 'responsible for unsubstantiated child neglect'

(Newser) - Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, a climate-science expert and a physicist for the National Institutes of Health now best known as the "free-range" parents who let their two kids walk unsupervised from parks to their house, have been formally declared "responsible for unsubstantiated child neglect" by local child protective...

Cops Called After Parents Let Kids Walk Home Alone

Maryland couple says they want kids 10, 6 to learn independence

(Newser) - A climate-science expert and a physicist for the NIH say they're trying to teach their kids how to be independent and self-reliant. So they're baffled why they're being investigated for neglect by Maryland's Child Protective Services for allowing their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter to play...

Hundreds of Abused Kids Die Under CPS' Watch

AP investigation says many are killed while cases with protective services are open

(Newser) - At least 786 American children died of abuse or neglect in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities—many of the children beaten, starved, or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, the AP has found. To determine that...

Cops, CPS Called on Woman Who Let Kids Play Outside
Cops Called on Woman
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Cops Called on Woman Who Let Kids Play Outside

Kari Anne Roy says investigator recommended she not let them do so anymore

(Newser) - Kari Anne Roy found herself having to explain her parenting to police and Child Protective Services recently—and all because she let her children play outside unsupervised. In a blog post from earlier this month that's getting some attention, Roy explains that it all started when she answered the...

Newborn Found in Trash Survives

CPS takes custody of Houston 16-year-old's baby

(Newser) - A baby boy is reportedly in good condition after he was found, cold, wet, and purple-faced in a Houston apartment building's trash. Maintenance worker Carlos Michel discovered the newborn after hearing sounds coming from a blue Dumpster yesterday morning, the Houston Chronicle reports. "I almost had a heart...

For 4th Time This Year, Texas Baby Dies in Hot Car

Girl left in driveway for 45 minutes

(Newser) - A 1-year-old girl became the fourth Texan child of the year to die inside a hot car on Wednesday, when her mother left her in the driveway for 45 minutes in 91-degree heat. The mother had just returned from picking up her children, police tell the Corpus Christi Caller-Times . A...

Study Finds Sharp Drop in Child Abuse

Public awareness campaigns credited with helping abuse drop 26% since '93

(Newser) - Cases of child abuse and neglect have fallen sharply since the early '90s, according a huge federal study. A total of 553,000 children suffered physical, emotional, or sexual abuse in 2005-6, the study found, down 26% from the 743,200 abuse victims in 1993. Cases of sexual abuse were...

Child Services Investigates Sheen
 Child Services 
 Investigates Sheen 

Child Services Investigates Sheen

Charlie Sheen, Brooke Mueller to be monitored by social workers

(Newser) - For those wondering when the Department of Children and Family Services was going to step into the Charlie Sheen mess: It has. Following their Christmas blow-up, the LA branch is investigating Sheen and wife Brooke Mueller, and their 9-month-old twins could be taken from them temporarily. “When Charlie and...

'Mean' Kate Belongs in Jail
 'Mean' Kate 
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'Mean' Kate Belongs in Jail

Reality show mom proves her reputation in video clip

(Newser) - Kate Gosselin of Jon & Kate Plus 8 is rumored to have “a very serious attitude problem,” sure. But Michelle Collins figured she was just another “self-absorbed reality show bitch,” she writes for Best Week Ever. That changed when Collins saw behind-the-scenes footage of an Access ...

Octuplet Mom Spills to Dr. Phil, But Not on Stripper Past

Suleman defends firing free nurses

(Newser) - Nadya Suleman tells Dr. Phil her version of her home's staffing shakeup in an interview airing today and tomorrow, E! reports, while attorney Gloria Allred fires back, saying Angels in Waiting nurses filed three reports with Child Protective Services and that Suleman's octuplets are in danger. “I personally felt...

Octu-Mom Cans Free Nurses
 Octu-Mom Cans Free Nurses 

Octu-Mom Cans Free Nurses

Suleman freaks when one reports her to CPS

(Newser) - Never a dull moment in the octu-house: Nadya Suleman fired four Angels in Waiting nurses helping with her octuplets after one filed a report with Child Protective Services, the Orange County Register reports. The nurse was concerned the house was overcrowded, says Suleman’s lawyer. Two nannies are still...

Octu-Mom Fears Hospital Won't Release Babies

Suleman says hospital is worried about her ability to care for eight more children

(Newser) - Nadya Suleman has told TV talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw that the hospital where her octuplets were born will not release them unless she can prove her ability to care for the babies, reports the Los Angeles Times. A distressed Suleman—due to appear on two episodes of the...

Kid Matador Kills Record 6 Bulls

Bloody spectacle gets last-minute go-ahead despite controversy

(Newser) - An 11-year-old Mexican bullfighter has broken a world record by killing six young bulls in a single bloody spectacle, reports the BBC. "I'm happy to have achieved this great victory," boasted the boy as he left the ring in Merida yesterday. The controversial bullfight exhibition won a last-minute...

Sect Kids Aren't Going Home
 Sect Kids Aren't Going Home 

Sect Kids Aren't Going Home

Lawyer objects at last minute to release of 460+ children

(Newser) - The parents of children taken from a polygamist ranch in Texas will not see their kids on Monday after all. At the last minute, a lawyer objected to the state's deal with the sect and stopped the judge from ordering the children's release. Now the judge plans to get them...

12 Children Returned to Sect Parents

3 families reunited; not allowed to return to polygamist ranch

(Newser) - Texas has agreed to return a dozen of the children in its custody to their parents, members of the polygamist sect FLDS, but the state is fighting to hang on to hundreds more, the San Antonio Express-News reports. The reunited families won't be allowed to return to the sect's Yearning...

Texas Appeals to Keep Sect Kids in Custody

Challenge of ruling means case may go to state supreme court

(Newser) - Texas officials today appealed yesterday’s ruling that the state acted incorrectly when it took custody of 460 FLDS children, the San Antonio Express-News reports. The ruling could have meant family reunions within weeks, but today's emergency filing means the children could remain in foster care pending state supreme court...

Polygamy Kids Could Be Back Home in 10 Days

Texas must appeal surprise ruling or send children back

(Newser) - Yesterday's surprise court ruling in favor of a polygamous sect has Texas authorities scrambling, Time reports. An appeals judge ruled that the state had no right to seize children suspected of being sexually abused from the Yearning for Zion ranch. Officials now must appeal the ruling or return the children...

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