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Arizona CPS News Archive
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Is Arizona doing enough to protect children from potentially dangerous parents?
HEAR ME OUT: Is the state doing enough to protect children from potentially dangerous parents? There's a debate on whether or not the current system with CPS is ideal.
The State uses Child Protective Services employees to monitor potentially dangerous situations. CPS states on its website that the organization "receives, screens and investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect." Employees with CPS have recently been criticized for not doing enough to protect children who have died while in the care of their legal guardian or a foster home.
October 30, 2011
Joe Arpaio On Birther 'Cold Case Posse' To Orly Taitz: 'There Could Be A Shock There Somewhere'
Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio addressed his 'Cold Case Posse' looking into President Barack Obama's birth certificate at an Arizona tea party meeting with "birther queen" Orly Taitz Tuesday night.
Taitz, who conservative outlet WorldNetDaily says flew in from California on short notice, talked for a few minutes about her claim that the president was not born in the United States. The audience applauded her during her speech, and several members stood up at the end.
October 28, 2011
Time for a new approach to protecting children?
After a decade's worth of reforms, we now have a record number of children in state custody, an overflowing foster care system, an astonishing number of open CPS investigations...
As yet another governor embarks upon yet another round of CPS reforms, I wonder if it's time to consider a new approach to keeping kids safe. Wexler's life's work is now devoted to making the case that children, even the ones who've been mistreated, are best left with their families. Breathe people. Hear the man out. If we help stabilize families - providing intensive help, real drug treatment, subsidies for things like daycare and rent - he says we could actually do what we claim we want to do, which is to help children.
October 19, 2011
Update: Grandfather Indicted On Child Abuse Charges Stemming From Grand Canyon National Park Hike
An Indiana man has been indicted on six counts alleging child abuse stemming from rim-to-river-to-rim hikes in Grand Canyon National Park with his three grandsons during some of the hottest days of the summer.
The indictment was returned against Christopher Carlson, 45, on September 20 by a grand jury seated in Phoenix, according to agents who investigated the case. It alleged that Mr. Carlson exposed his three young grandchildren to "circumstances likely to produce death or serious bodily injury." "The indictment alleges that Carlson took his three grandsons, ages 8, 9, and 12, on two separate hikes in the park in August when temperatures were in excess of 100 degrees.
October 12, 2011
Gilbert police arrest father in death of 2-year-old son
An angry and frustrated father admitted to Gilbert police that he squeezed his 2-year-old son until the little boy stopped breathing, thinking throughout the killing about the marital problems he had with his wife, records state.
Jonathan Cole, 25, then wrote his wife, Harjit, a letter saying, "I'm sorry I squeezed Alex too hard and killed him," according to court records. Alexzander's body showed signs of hemorrhaging around the eyes, neck and upper chest, the court records said.
October 6, 2011
Foster Parents; Have you faced allegations? CPS protection.
Arizona Republic newspaper today we find a story about a 4 month old baby whose name is Josephine winding up with 14 broken bones along with countless other injuries.
Baby Josephine stopped breathing in the dead of night on Aug. 3. She was having seizures when she arrived at Cardon Children's Medical Center sporting 14 broken bones, bruises all over her face and a cigarette burn on her arm.
October 4, 2011
CPS runaround in baby's case is revealing
The Department of Economic Security has once again thwarted my quest to find out what happened to baby Josephine, the 4-month-old who wound up with 14 broken bones and other injuries while in the care of a CPS-approved "safety monitor."
The third time requesting the records wasn't the charm, but it certainly was revealing. The state has no intention of letting the public know what steps Child Protective Services took to keep this baby safe. As the bureaucrats see it, we aren't entitled to know whether the CPS checked the background of Angelica Jimenez or her live-in felon boyfriend, Steven Saldana, before handing over the infant.
September 14, 2011
Jennifer Barnes Adopted a Child -- CPS Drops Ball Again?
Jennifer Barnes, 39, of Gilbert, adopted a little boy. She then allegedly committed some of the most depraved acts of child abuse we've ever heard of. They involve feces, a toothbrush, and the boy's anus.
The kicker: as has been the case in several recent Valley child abuse cases, Child Protective Services has a file on Barnes -- yet, her adopted 10-year-old son remained in her custody until her arrest yesterday afternoon. What you're about to read is not for the squeamish. If you're easily offended, go read the watered-down version of this tragic tale that will likely appear on the Arizona Republic website later today.
September 9, 2011
If we can't fix our child-protection system for Jacob, how about for Josephine?
This week, we once again got a glimpse of what it too often is to be a child in this state. Think punching bag. Think ashtray. Think all alone, with not a single person to protect you.
In July, it was 10-year-old Ame Deal, locked away in a footlocker and left to die. Two weeks ago, it was 6-year-old Jacob Gibson, slammed into a wall and beaten to death with a belt buckle and a coat hanger. Now we learn of a four-month-old Chandler girl named Josephine, who through some miracle managed to survive even as her bones were broken and her skin burned. All this, while under the care of a CPS safety monitor.
August 26, 2011
Phoenix police: Man accused of sexually assaulting foster child
A Phoenix man was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old foster child who was in his care for several months, according to police.
A Phoenix task force discovered in July photos depicting child pornography connected to a computer at a home in Phoenix, according to Maricopa Superior Court documents and the Phoenix Police Department. Investigators with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search at the home and talked to the man who lived there. The Arizona Republic is not releasing the name of the man to protect the identity of the 10-year-old girl.
August 18, 2011
CASA for babies: 'Lance'
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as a "Baby CASA" for 11-month-old "Lance."
Child Protective Services (CPS) removed Lance from his mother because she was only 15 years old and was, herself, removed from her own home and confined to the Juvenile Detention Center for 45 days due to substance abuse.
August 14, 2011
Grandmother, cousins charged in Phoenix girl's death
A couple and two other adults have been charged in Phoenix in the death of a 10-year-old girl entrusted in their care. The child is believed to have suffocated in a storage box where she was forced to stay overnight as punishment.
The death of Ame Deal, who was put in the care of her adult cousins, was ruled a homicide on Thursday. The girl was found dead in a footlocker on July 12, and police initially declared the incident as a "death unknown" after family members said she had been playing hide-and-seek with other children in the home. Authorities later discovered an alleged pattern of abuse by adults responsible for Ame.
July 29, 2011
Girl, 10, suffocates after being put in box for taking popsicle
Phoenix police have arrested four people in the horrific death of a 10-year-old girl who investigators say had been locked inside a plastic storage container as punishment for taking a popsicle.
Police also say that the girl had been put in the box at least five times in recent months, and had been beaten and forced to eat dog feces and hot sauce. Ame often slept on a shower floor without any pillow or blankets as punishment for bed wetting, police say. Police have arrested John and Samantha Allen, both 23, Cynthia Stoltzmann, 44, and Judith Deal, 62. Deal was homeschooling Ame and the other children who lived in the house. Police are unsure where Ame's parents are.
July 29, 2011
Healthy Families: 20 years of reducing child abuse
In a time when Arizona's commitment to its children is in question, our state can be proud of a program that has a 20-year record of reducing child abuse and neglect while encouraging parents to create loving, stable relationships with their children.
This program delivers results. Between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010, Healthy Families served more than 3,200 families. An evaluation of Department of Economic Security families found that more than 97.4 percent had no substantiated reports with Child Protective Services.
June 20, 2011
Unusual bills state lawmakers considered
The Arizona Legislature this year got a lot of national media attention for some of its legislation, but it wasn't the only state lawmaking body to propose some unusual measures.
Arizona was the second in the nation to create an official state gun. Arizona's is the Colt Single Action Army Revolver. The Florida Legislature considered, but ultimately failed to pass, a measure to make it legal to ride a bicycle without holding on to the handlebars.
May 29, 2011
Chandler woman faces shoplifting, child-neglect charges
Chandler woman faces shoplifting, child-neglect charges, The Chandler Police Department said that Nicci Paige Rounsaville, 23, tried to steal several items from a Walmart near Pecos Road and Arizona Avenue on May 7.
Three employees saw her and tried to prevent her from stealing the items. Officials said Child Protective Services was called to place the child in protective care. His age was not released, but Chandler police said he is likely with family.
May 29, 2011
PHOTOS: How To Install Hidden Doors And Secret Passages In Your House
Secret doors and revolving bookcases are the stuff of Harry Potter books and spy movies, not real life.
Or so we thought until we came across these awesome photos of projects completed by Creative Home Engineering, a company that specializes in high-end secret passages. The Arizona-based company creates structurally engineered, fully automated, and security rated passages, and installs nationally. and basic projects start at around $6,500.
May 7, 2011
Gunwalking Across the Border
A secret operation to run guns across the border to Mexican drug cartels - overseen by U.S. government agents - threatens to become a major scandal for the Obama administration.
The operation, called "Fast and Furious," was run out of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) office in Phoenix, Arizona. ATF sanctioned the purchase of weapons in U.S. gun shops and tracked the smuggling route to the Mexican border. Reportedly, more than 2,500 firearms were sold to straw buyers who then handed off the weapons to gunrunners under the nose of ATF.
April 26, 2011
Arizona lawmakers OK bill allowing guns on campus
A proposal to let people have guns while driving or walking through state university and community college campuses cleared its final hurdle in the Arizona Legislature on Thursday.
The House passed the bill on a 33-24 vote, which will send it to Gov. Jan Brewer. Supporters said the bill would help people defend themselves from gun violence by someone who won't heed a campus's firearms ban.
April 8, 2011
Mountain Lion cubs spending spring at Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium
Litchfield Park -- Two mountain lion cubs are on temporary display at the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium Baby Animal Nursery.
These are the first mountain lions to be featured at Wildlife World Zoo in its 26-year history. Since its inception, Wildlife World has focused on featuring a growing list (currently more than 600 species) of nonnative exotic and endangered species from all over the globe.
February 20, 2011
Baby in CPS custody after pot-smoking mom leaves infant home alone
An 8-month-old baby is in the custody of Child Protective Services following the arrest of its 27-year-old mother who left the child home alone while she drove her boyfriend to work on a suspended license.
When the officer drove to Williams' residence, the baby was discovered sleeping in its bassinet. More marijuana was in a plastic bag underneath the bassinet and a glass bowl pipe was found on a couch near the bassinet, according to a police report. Williams told the officer she smoked marijuana every day, according to a police report.
East Valley Tribune
August 23, 2010
Program discusses living with urban black bears, other predators
White Mountain Wildlife and Nature Center presents living in harmony with urban black bears and other large predators on Saturday. Bring your family and friends and your favorite lawn chair and join us...
Lectures start at 10 a.m. and include talks on "Camping Safety in Black Bear Territory," by Ginny and Lee Smith; "Mountain Lion Facts and Fiction," TJ McMichael. There will be many displays and hands-on activities, and this will be your chance to meet a live wolf ambassador from the wolf sanctuary.
The White Mountain Independent (AZ)
July 23, 2010
German bureaucrats take children from abused U.S. mom
A new YouTube video and website are publicizing the plight of an American woman who lost her children to a state social services agency perhaps permanently essentially because she called police asking for help during an episode of domestic violence.
Her battle, according to the website, is against the German Jugendamt, the government youth welfare office. The agency has been at the center of a number of cases in which homeschooling families have clashed with a law dating back to the days of Hitler that bans parents from educating their own children.
World Net Daily
June 13, 2010
Hispanics flee Arizona ahead of immigration law
Arizona's tough new immigration enforcement law is fueling an exodus of Hispanics from the state seven weeks before it goes into effect, according to officials and residents in the state.
Though no one has precise figures, reports from school officials, businesses and individuals indicate worried Hispanics -- both legal and illegal -- are leaving the state in anticipation of the law, which will go into effect July 29. Schools in Hispanic areas report unusual drops in enrollment. "They're leaving to another state where they feel more welcome," he said.
June 9, 2010
Mountain lion suspected in attack of Prescott man
KINGMAN -- The Arizona Game and Fish Department and Wildlife Services have called off the search for a mountain lion suspected to be responsible for an attack on a Prescott man Sunday night.
On Monday morning Game and Fish received the call regarding an alleged lion attack and a wildlife manager was dispatched to the scene. After speaking to the victim and finding partial tracks, Wildlife Services attempted to track the mountain lion to no avail.
Arizona Game and Fish Department
June 8, 2010
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