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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - A former Kentucky state social worker has been convicted of filing false child abuse complaints against two people in Grayson County.

The false complaints began in 2014 and were levied against a close friend's husband and a pastor at her church. The friend, Shawna Beauchamp, says allegations included violence, drug abuse and sexual abuse. She said Bond offered to check confidential records to find the complainant's identity.

wtvq.com

May 24, 2017

by Michael Todd

The relationship between former Santa Cruz neurosurgeon James Kohut, and nurses Emily Stephens and Rashel Brandon is becoming clear: the trio allegedly worked together to force children into sexual acts, such as sodomy, oral copulation and intercourse.

On May 9, a Watsonville resident gave police a video, shot in March, of the two nurses having sex with children as young as 3 years old in a Scotts Valley motel. The evidence triggered allegations that Kohut also had forced girls and boys to have sex with him multiple times since Jan. 1, 2016, according to court documents.

mercurynews.com

May 22, 2017

California authorities say a brain surgeon and two nurses have been charged in a child sex abuse ring involving seven victims under 13.

Watsonville police Capt. Jorge Zamora said Thursday that Dr. James Kohut, Emily Stephens and Rashel Brandon have been arrested and charged with sex crimes with children. Zamora said the children have been placed in protective custody. It was unclear if the suspects are represented by lawyers.

santamariatimes.com

May 22, 2017

by Gina Putt

Is medical child abuse essentially different than physical abuse, sexual abuse or neglect? The case of Justina Pelletier, a teenager with a mysterious medical history who was hospitalized and subsequently placed in protective custody.

The doctors at Boston Children's Hospital rejected her existing diagnosis, and diagnosed her as having a psychosomatic illness instead - that's an illness in which symptoms come from your mind, rather than an underlying disease process. The Department of Children and Family became involved when the parents disagreed with the new diagnosis. Justina spent nearly a year in a state psychiatric hospital, then went to a group home before being returned to her family.

decodedscience.org

May 22, 2017

by Brooke Crum

While a trial date was set Wednesday for one former Child Protective Services worker involved in the 2012 Tiffany Klapheke child death case, new evidence has postponed the trial of former regional director Martha "Bit" Whitaker.

Gretchen Denny, who is accused of tampering with physical evidence in the 2012 death of 22-month-old Tamryn Klapheke, has a pretrial hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in 350th District Court. Jury selection is expected to begin Nov. 13. Meanwhile, Whitaker will have another status hearing at 1 p.m. Aug. 17.

reporternews.com

May 22, 2017

by Robert T. Garrett

House members voted Wednesday to bar doctors from vaccinating new foster children, even against cervical cancer and head and neck cancers caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV.

The ban was part of an ongoing push in the name of parents' rights by members of the House Freedom Caucus, a dozen GOP rebels who left their mark on a broadly popular bill that would prod Child Protective Services to make a variety of improvements.

dallasnews.com

May 22, 2017

by Emily Donaldson

In what was expected to be a discussion of a largely bipartisan-supported bill that proposes improvements for the state's Child Protective Services agency, the merits of vaccines were hotly debated Wednesday afternoon.

One of the solutions proposed in the bill, authored by state Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, would require the Department of Family and Protective Services to administer a medical and mental examination for children in CPS custody for more than three days. These children would have likely been taken out of the custody of parents for safety concerns. The guidelines for these examinations would be set by the Health and Human Services Commission and medical practitioners, should the bill be passed.

communityimpact.com

May 22, 2017

by Annabelle Bamforth

A Texas bill to speed up medical exams for foster children turned into a debate over who makes decisions for your children - parents or the state.

Legislators in Texas have been working toward passing a host of laws to reform the state's Child Protective Services agency. New legislation has been crafted to improve the agency which has seen multiple dilemmas resulting in detrimental safety problems for children in the state. There have been several bills introduced this year aimed at improving the agency. One bill, in particular, House Bill 39, seeks in part to require medical exams to be performed more quickly on children who have been newly placed into the foster care system. HB 39, introduced by Rep. Gene Wu (D-Houston), would mandate that the state's Department of Family Protective Services schedule a medical examination for children who have been in temporary state custody for longer than three business days. Children in rural locations would be required to receive a medical exam within seven business days.

thefreethoughtproject.com

May 22, 2017

by Marissa Evans

Texas senators voted 21-10 on Sunday to give child welfare providers protection from legal retaliation if they assert their "sincerely held religious beliefs" while caring for abused and neglected children in foster or Child Protective Services custody.

House Bill 3859 would allow faith-based organizations to place a child in a religion-based school; deny referrals for abortion-related contraceptives, drugs or devices; and refuse to contract with other organizations that don't share their religious beliefs. If a faith-based group refuses services to children or prospective homes on religious grounds, they would be required to refer the child or parent to a different organization that can help them.

texastribune.org

May 21, 2017

by Deborah Yetter

A former state social worker has been convicted of filing false child abuse complaints against two people in her Grayson County community - one a former close friend and the other, the pastor of a church she attended.

Beth Bond, 40, who also has pleaded guilty to similar offenses in Hardin County, was convicted Monday in Grayson District Court on four counts of official misconduct and four counts of falsely reporting an incident, Grayson County Attorney Clay Ratley said.

courier-journal.com

May 10, 2017

      

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