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by Leslie Kaufman

A Brooklyn woman whose 16-month-old son drowned in a bathtub had received instruction on supervising children that most likely included warnings to never leave a child alone in water, officials said yesterday.

The woman, Tracina Vaughn, was trained as part of a program to allow her to regain custody of the child who died, Dahquay Gillians, and his older brother, Tramel Vaughn, who was scalded with hot water by a former companion of Ms. Vaughn's in 2004. She regained custody of the two boys in March of this year.

The New York Times (NY)

November 10, 2005

SULLIVAN -- A former Child Protective Services worker accused of having marijuana in his system while driving teens to a foster home says his bosses declined to require a drug test despite knowing of a previous drug arrest.

Donald J. Tate, 27, of Indianapolis, was transporting the teens to Terre Haute on Oct. 23 when a Sullivan police officer stopped him because he allegedly drove erratically on U.S. 41. Police said Tate tested positive for marijuana.

The Indy Channel (IN)

November 10, 2005

by Wade Linville

The News Democrat has received several letters from Brown Co. residents who allege Child Protection Services are not doing their job, allowing children to remain in abusive homes and placing children in homes with people who cannot provide adequate care.

"Those letters are ridiculous," said Child Protection Services Director Mitch Sharp. "We would not leave a child in a situation that is dangerous." Cases of child abuse in the county are a growing problem, according to investigators at Child Services.

The News Democrat (OH)

November 9, 2005

by Jacque Hilburn

CASA board members said Tuesday they were caught off guard by the removal of their longtime director. Some are now questioning why it happened and what can be done about it.

Efforts are under way to find out why CASA's director of 10 years, Reggi Durch, was suddenly removed from her post and replaced with Pamela McGee, an agency case worker praised by the board president for being an adept fundraiser.

Tyler Morning Telegraph

November 8, 2005

by Mary Adamski

The Hawaii Supreme Court has disbarred a former Family Court judge, finding "a pattern of deliberate misconduct" that led to disciplinary action for eight previous ethics violations.

The court removed Richard Y.S. Lee, 58, from practicing law and ordered him to return all unearned retainers and files to his clients by Oct. 31. Lee told the Star-Bulletin last year that he had turned over his law practice to his daughter to devote time to his new business, a penthouse club at Century Center, which closed months later because of complaints from other tenants in the high-rise.

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

November 7, 2005

by Bob Egelko

CALIFORNIA - Despite indecorum of parts of survey, court denies appeal

Parents' rights were not violated when a Southern California elementary school conducted a psychological survey of their children and asked them about sexual feelings and masturbation, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The San Francisco Chronicle

November 3, 2005

NOBLESVILLE -- A Hamilton County child protective services worker who already faced sex-related charges involving two boys has been charged with molesting a third.

Cory Heinzman, of Arcadia, was charged this week with molesting an 11-year-old boy on three occasions in 2002. Heinzman was arrested in May on charges that he molested an autistic teenage boy who had been part of his caseload. Authorities said molestation in that case allegedly happened between August 2004 and March.

The Indy Channel (IN)

November 3, 2005

Actress Katie Holmes has been seeing Actor Tom Cruise for several months. Announcement this week of her pregnancy, however, caused Child Protective Services officials in California to open an investigation into possible child abuse.

"Hey," said investigator Sid Pedals, "this is California. We let our celebrities get away with having their little flings with under age kids all of the time. Look at Michael Jackson and his little boys, it wasn't us who prosecuted! Everyone and their dog probably had their wicked ways with Lindsay Lohan, the Olsen twins, Drew Berrymore, and Hillary Duff before they hit the legal age.

The Spoof

October 25, 2005

by Edward Wernecke

Katie has been left all alone in M.D. Anderson undergoing this fourth round of chemotherapy. CPS has not allowed the parents to be present in the hospital during this treatment.

It is unbelievably cruel and just sickening that Katie would have to suffer through that ordeal all alone with no parent beside her. That is emotional abuse and child abuse on the part of CPS. How is Katie supposed to keep up the hope and will to survive without the love and support of her parents'

Food Consumer (TX)

October 24, 2005

SULLIVAN, Ind. -- A Marion County Child Protective Services worker has been arrested after he tested positive for marijuana while he was transporting two juveniles to a foster care home.

Donald Joseph Tate, 27, of Indianapolis, was pulled over Sunday by a Sullivan police officer after he saw Tate driving erratically on U.S. 41, about 25 miles south of Terre Haute.

The Indy Channel (IN)

October 24, 2005

      

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