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When is a priest not a priest? When he's molesting a child, diocese says in defense of lawsuit
The Burlington County man sat in the gallery of the Delaware Supreme Court, watching as a lawyer for the Diocese of Trenton told the justices that the Rev. Terence McAlinden was not "on duty" when he allegedly molested Naples on trips to Delaware.
McAlinden, who once headed the diocese's youth group, had introduced himself to Naples at a church-sponsored leadership retreat in Keyport. He'd heard his confession, included him in private Masses and discussed matters of spirituality with him.
June 6, 2014
Legislature passes bill supported by IPA research recommendations
Delaware House Bill 163, designed to assist older teenagers making the transition to adulthood as they "age out" of foster care, is on its way to Gov. Jack Markell for his signature.
The DYOI working group, which also included IPA associate policy scientists James Flynn, Lisa Moreland and Kelly Sherretz, collaborated with Delaware's youth advocates and served as part of the House Joint Resolution (HJR) 18 Committee to propose a program to provide ongoing assistance to youth exiting foster care.
July 1, 2013
New Initiative provides free Developmental Assessments for Delaware Children Most at Risk
Kennedy Krieger Institute today announced a new, pilot initiative to help identify the red flags of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in infant siblings of children with ASD as early as possible.
Research studies have found that for families who have one child with ASD, the chance of a subsequent sibling developing the disorder is one in five. To bring support and awareness to families with children most at risk - infant siblings - Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland will provide free developmental assessments for infants between ages five to 10 months who have an older sibling diagnosed with ASD and live within Delaware.
April 9, 2013
Pediatrician Arrested for Waterboarding His Own Daughter
Delaware pediatrician Dr. Melvin Morse and his wife, Pauline Morse, were arrested on Tuesday after he was accused of waterboarding his daughter several times. They were officially arrested on charges of endangering child welfare...
Morse, who has done extensive research on near-death experiences over the years, especially of children, had his license suspended in light of the charges on Thursday. The pediatrician has appeared on several television shows, including Oprah and Larry King, and conducts seminars on the research of near-death experiences.
August 11, 2012
Child abuse initiatives taking hold
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden remains focused on making sure our children and grandchildren are better protected than they have been in the past.
In a meeting last week, Biden referred obliquely to the Bradley case in Lewes and the Sandusky case at Penn State. (Because the Bradley case is still in litigation, he does not discuss it directly.) The Stewards of Children initiative in the past 12 months has educated 4,000 Delawareans about their legal and moral obligation, said Biden, to report abuse or neglect of children. The goal is to take that training to 35,000 Delawareans over five years.
August 9, 2012
New Delaware Law Helps Foster Children
Identity theft has become an issue for children in the Foster Care system.
But Delaware legislators are hoping a new law will curb the problem. Gov. Jack Markell signed House Bill 269 on Wednesday afternoon. The law mandates the state to run credit reports for foster children when they turn 16.
July 26, 2012
Gov Markell Signs Bill to Protect Children Aging Out of Foster Care
Beginning on January first of next year, children who are aging out of Delaware's foster care system will receive a credit history report to protect them from identity theft. Governor Jack Markell signed House Bill 269 Wednesday.
Many foster children have no knowledge of their credit report information. This measure is one way the state can support its foster children when they turn 16. Because many foster children live with multiple families - they are more vulnerable to identity theft.
July 26, 2012
DOE Announces Free and Reduced School Meal Policy
The Delaware Department of Education Monday announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy for free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price for meals served under the National School Lunch Program.
Meal benefit forms will be sent home with a letter to parents or guardians. Children in foster care as well as homeless, migrant and runaway children are eligible for school meal benefits.
July 3, 2012
Delaware to hear final mercy appeal for death row inmate abused as child
The Delaware board of pardons will meet on Monday to consider whether to grant clemency to a death row prisoner suffering from severe mental illness caused by prolonged and savage abuse when he was a child.
The board of five elected and nominated members, chaired by the lieutenant governor, can recommend that Robert Gattis should have his death sentence commuted to life imprisonment without parole. But if they chose not to grant clemency, the prisoner will go to his death by lethal injection on January 20.
January 12, 2012
Did She Sell The Baby Or Foster Him?
The cross-jurisdiction Delaware-Pennsylvania case of a woman accused of selling her baby is a real problem for conservatives.
If they applaud her decision not to abort an unwanted pregnancy, they must support her decision to give the baby to a gay couple. If they condemn giving the baby to a gay couple, are they tacitly approving an abortion?
October 15, 2011
Two Wilmington Women Facing Charges for Leaving Children in West OC Hotel Rooms
Maryland State Police say charges are pending today against two Wilmington women who left their children in separate hotel rooms at the Bed Time Inn in West Ocean City Saturday night while they went to the boardwalk.
Police discovered the 3-year-old and her 10-year-old cousin were left alone in one room while five other children, ages 8, 9, 9, 12 and 13 were found alone in another room. Child Protective Services was also called to the scene.
May 30, 2011
School Budget Crisis: Illinois Loses Much-Needed 'Race To The Top' Funds
The already grim Illinois public education budget got even bleaker Monday, with the announcement that a desperately-needed infusion of federal cash is not coming.
Illinois did not make the final cut in its application to the Department of Education's "Race to the Top" fund. Delaware and Tennessee were the only two of the 16 finalists to receive funding, according to the Chicago Tribune. Illinois's application came in at fifth place.
The Huffington Post
March 29, 2010
Delaware Boy Scout leader indicted for sex crimes
State Police say a Delaware Boy Scout leader has been charged with sexually abusing two boys in his troop two years ago while they were on a whitewater rafting trip in Fayette County.
John Peden, 69, of New Castle, Del., was indicted on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian, according to the Fayette County prosecutor's office. Peden is free on bond.
The Register-Herald (DE)
June 1, 2007
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Jacked Up: No Where To Turn
Most states have safe haven laws on the books, permitting a new parent to drop off an infant at a local fire department or hospital without repercussions. This is a laudable service that I am certain has had a positive impact on more than one infants life over the years.
May 15, 2010