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Being abused and/or neglected as a child are not the only painful and potentially damaging experiences that human beings may suffer in childhood. -- Jim Hopper

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Colorado CPS News Archive

Colorado News Coverage

NEWARK -- The father of three children who have names associated with Nazis is accusing the state Division of Youth and Family Services of taking his children under false pretenses and says one of the kids appeared neglected when he saw them last week.

Heath Campbell told The Associated Press on Saturday that he and his wife, Deborah, have been allowed to see their children once since state child-welfare workers removed them from the family's home Jan. 9.

The Denver Post (NJ)

February 5, 2009

by Christopher N. Osher

Faced with a possible $29 million deficit by 2010, leaders of Denver's Department of Human Services may renege on their commitment to boost the number of caseworkers who protect children from abuse.

Last year, the agency asked the Denver City Council to authorize the hiring of an additional 38 child- protection workers, saying doing so was needed to stem a growing controversy over the deaths of children who were killed by caregivers after being seen by caseworkers and left in abusive homes.

The Denver Post

February 5, 2009

by Hank Lohmeyer

Western Colorado's much-prized insulation from the ups and downs of the national economy is beginning to wear a little thin locally.

Reports from the county's Health and Human Services Department during Monday's Board of County Commissioners meeting indicate that tough times are hitting close to home, and they are expected to continue for at least a time.

Delta County Independent

January 30, 2009

by Debbie Kelley

The statistics paint an alarming picture: Six children in El Paso County died as a result of child abuse or neglect in 2008 - double the number in 2007.

The economy might be partly to blame, because financial pressures add another stressor to the already tough job of parenting. But when children are severely battered, as the three babies were recently, it's not normally related to the economy, said Shirley Rhodus, administrator of protective services for DHS.

The Colorado Springs Gazette

January 30, 2009

by Will Bublitz

A Grand Lake woman has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of a foster child last January.

Michelle Baber is accused in the Jan. 9 death of 3-year-old Daisai Derzon, a foster child in her care who died of head injuries.

Summit Daily News (CO)

October 11, 2008

by Elisheva Hannah Levin

What happens when a government agency is allowed to operate outside the Rule of Law?

In all states that I am aware of, various versions of New Mexico's Children, Youth and Families Department operate outside the Rule of Law. That is they may make whatever accusations they please or accept anonymous accusations of child abuse, and act on them by invading the sanctity of the people's homes and remove children, all without being required to follow the normal constitutional procedures that protect the rights of the accused.

Ragamuffin Studies

July 10, 2008

by Russ Rizzo

A Colorado woman being investigated for placing possible prank phone calls that helped trigger a massive raid on an FLDS ranch in Texas waived her right on Monday to a first appearance later this week in an unrelated case.

Rozita Estraletta Swinton, through a defense attorney, waived her right to a first appearance set for Thursday in another prank-calling case in which she is accused of pretending to be a teenager held in a basement. The 33-year-old Colorado Springs woman was arrested April 16 after Texas Rangers contacted Colorado Springs about possible prank calls.

The Salt Lake Tribune

May 28, 2008

by Kirk Mitchell

A 29-year-old foster mother has been arrested for investigation of felony child abuse in the death of a 3-year-old girl, officials say.

Michele Baber of Granby is being held in the Grand County Jail in the death of Daisia Derzon, who was injured Jan. 9 and died several days later, Grand County Sheriff Rodney Johnson said today. Bail has not been set in the case.

The Denver Post

February 4, 2008

Almost six dozen passers-by in downtown Greeley have been tapped on the shoulder and ordered to report for jury duty - immediately, in a fiasco that still hasn't been explained fully.

Court officials said of 200 summonses sent recently to residents of Weld County, only 39 reported for their civic duty, so an order was issued by District Judge Roger Klein for court administrators to simply hand out orders demanding immediate jury service to anyone they could find.

World Net Daily (CO)

January 18, 2008

by Bob Unruh

The Colorado sheriff who dispatched a SWAT team to break into a family's home, hold them at gunpoint and take custody of an 11-year-old boy, saying the boy's father told officers to "bring an army" if they returned.

The 11-year-old, Jonathan Shiflett, had suffered bruises while horsing around in a mobile home park near New Castle where the family lives. But his father, Tom Shiflett, refused to allow paramedics who arrived after a neighbor apparently called 911 to treat his son, and refused to allow the ambulance crew to take Jonathan to a hospital.

World Net Daily (CO)

January 12, 2008

by Bob Unruh

Nearly a dozen members of a police SWAT team in Colorado invaded a family's home, demanding that an 11-year-old boy accompany them to the hospital, on the order of Garfield County Magistrate Lain Leoniak.

The boy's parents and siblings were thrown to the floor at gunpoint and the parents were handcuffed in the weekend assault, and the boy's father told WND it was all because a paramedic was upset the family preferred to care for their son themselves.

World Net Daily

January 6, 2008

by Arthur Kane

One of the two nonprofit organizations conducting an external review of the Denver Department of Human Services after the deaths of two children has received city contracts totaling at least $3 million over six years.

The other agency provided the department with a grant of up to $200,000 this year and is using Denver as one of 15 sites where it will study how its child-protection proposals work. The review is a response to the deaths this year of two children - Chandler Grafner and Neveah Gallegos - whom human-services workers had the opportunity to remove from homes where abuse was suspected.

The Denver Post

October 11, 2007

by Sarah Pulliam

The newborn girl who was left at a police station Saturday was discharged from the hospital in good condition and transferred to a foster family Monday, Penrose Hospital spokeswoman Amy Sufak said.

The foster family lives in El Paso County and will likely adopt the baby, who remains under the custody of the Department of Human Services. This is the third time in the past year that someone has left a newborn in the care of authorities, said Department of Human Services spokeswoman Shirley Rhodus.

Colorado Springs Gazette (CO)

August 7, 2007

Colorado Divorce Information provides a plethora of divorce information.

Resources include: Colorado divorce mediation and Colorado child custody laws, as well as how to choose a divorce lawyer in Colorado.

coloradodivorceinfo.com

September 9, 2006

by Robert Muchnick

Information and advocacy for the rights of children to access to both parents after divorce or separation.

The words "prejudice" and "corruption" do not really convey what family courts are about. They are the linchpin of a massive political machine that thrives and grows by systematically destroying families.

childrensjustice.org

September 9, 2006

by Millete Birhanemaskel

Their stories would make any parent's heart bleed. "I got my husband to confess to (sexually) assaulting my daughter. He went to jail, and then they took my daughter away from me," one mother says.

"My daughter ran away, and they don't know where she is," another mother chimes in. "They never come back the way they leave." "They believe the state is the mother, the nanny. This is a Watergate, it truly is," said Ray Dixon, a grandfather.

The Greeley Tribune (CO)

April 1, 2006

Colorado children are dying from neglect and abuse even after social service agencies receive warnings of trouble. Yet a system created to learn from the deaths is plagued by mistakes and incomplete records.

In 41 percent of Colorado's child abuse and neglect deaths during the past decade, social service agencies charged with protecting children had warnings - sometimes numerous warnings - of problems in the home, a Denver Post investigation found.

The Denver Post

June 8, 2005

by Patricia Callahan and Kirk Mitchell

Eleven children were molested. One was forced to have sex with a dog. One lay injured on a bathroom floor, his face smeared with his own feces. That toddler, Miguel Arias-Baca, later died.

They are the state's dirty little secrets. Foster children, wards of the state taken from abusive or neglectful relatives, suffered again in foster homes that were supposed to keep them from harm. Colorado child-welfare officials have watched these horror stories and many others unfold in foster homes chosen and supervised by private foster-care businesses.

Denver Post (CO)

May 21, 2000

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