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Indiana CPS News Archive

The Indiana news section is your source for the latest in family rights news items, CPS reform efforts, open court demands, abolition of confidentiality laws that judges hide behind, foster care deaths and issues, legal cases and more... Please Email Kidjacked with news and information from the state of Indiana and I will include it here in our coverage.

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HUNTINGBURG, Ind. -- A Dubois County dentist and his wife were arrested this week on allegations they regularly keep one of their children locked in a "cage."

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Dubois County Circuit Court on Thursday, sheriff's deputies were called to Alan and Aimee Friz's home on Wednesday on a report of a developmentally disabled child who was out of control.

wibc.com

October 7, 2017

Two children who were reported missing in Alabama are now safe after being found in Lafayette.

Thirteen-year-old Jayden Scearcy and 4-year-old Jesse Reed were found in the 1000 block of 11th Street Saturday afternoon. The children were reported missing from their home in Anniston, Alabama, Tuesday. The children's grandmother, 56-year-old Donna Scearcy, was arrested by Lafayette police on a warrant for kidnapping.

wishtv.com

November 6, 2016

A Sparksville couple was arrested after police found their 18-month-old child in a home with trash, roaches and feces.

According to a Jackson County Police report, officers were called to the home of 58-year-old Johnny Tucker and 25-year-old Christina Tucker, after someone reported that an 18-month-old child had been living "in horrible living conditions" in a home on West Second Street in Sparksville with "a strong smell" coming from it.

wbiw.com

September 9, 2016

by Kristine Guerra

Under state law, a person who fails to report suspected child abuse can be charged with a crime, a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. But can that person also be sued for it?...

A Shelbyville doctor accused of not reporting suspected abuse of a child, who was later found dead, argues that, based on legal precedent in Indiana, he is immune to a civil lawsuit. A Marion County judge must soon decide whether that is the case.

indystar.com

May 5, 2016

by Dave Andrusko

For the second time this year, itinerant abortionist Ulrich Klopfer had a misdemeanor dismissed because he had completed a "pretrial diversion program," the South Bend Tribune reported.

Both charges were because Ulrich did not follow Indiana state law which requires that notice of abortions to girls under age 14 be filed promptly with the Indiana Department of Health and Child Protective Services -within three days. Indiana law specifies that sexual activity of a 13-year-old or younger, regardless of the perpetrator's age, is child molestation.

lifenews.com

December 3, 2015

by Marisa Kwiatkowski

The state has been ordered to pay more than $31 million to an Indiana family "destroyed" by wrongful accusations that the parents caused their 14-year-old daughter's death.

On Tuesday, a federal court jury determined that three Indiana Department of Child Services employees, an Indiana State Police detective and a doctor had violated the constitutional rights of Roman and Lynnette Finnegan and their children. The officials were accused of falsifying records, sabotaging investigations into what happened and retaliating against the couple for complaining about how they were treated.

indystar.com

November 14, 2015

by Niki Kelly

Who would you choose: your mentally ill wife or your 3-year-old daughter? That was the dilemma a Fort Wayne man faced when the Indiana Department of Child Services sought to terminate his parental rights.

He rejected leaving his wife, and his rights were severed by Allen Superior Court Judge Charles Pratt in April 2014. The child turns 5 in August and remains in foster care while the case is appealed. Indiana Supreme Court justices heard arguments in the emotional case Thursday, even referring to the end result as "draconian" and "enormous."

journalgazette.net

July 3, 2015

by Karen Biernacki

A baby is born addicted to opiates, a young child wakes up to find their parent unresponsive with a needle in their arm, siblings sit in the back seat of a car parked on a country road as their parents are shooting up heroin.

LaPorte County and Indiana are experiencing an epidemic. It is drug abuse. In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, epidemic is listed as affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community or region at the same time. Certainly we can describe the current rapid spread of opiate use an epidemic.

southbendtribune.com

June 29, 2015

A 22-year-old Chalmers man has been arrested following the death of a 2-month-old baby. Investigators with the Indiana State Police believe the infant was injured around 1 p.m. on Friday, June 5, while in the custody of his father, Conor Jackson.

A preliminary autopsy performed by the Marion County Coroner's Office on Wednesday shows the cause of death as non-accidental blunt force trauma to the head. Jackson was arrested Saturday, June 6, on a charge of neglect of a dependent causing serious bodily injury - a level 3 felony.

wlfi.com

June 11, 2015

by Dan Horn

Budget cuts didn't kill Glenara Bates, Jayniah Watkins and Benjamin Morris. Their parents did, prosecutors say.

Yet all three children died while under the supervision of a Hamilton County agency that has endured a decade of shrinking budgets, leaving it with fewer social workers and resources to protect abused and neglected kids.

cincinnati.com

April 25, 2015

A Chesterton woman was charged with neglect of a dependent after police allege she left her 7-month-old child in a car for hours while she was intoxicated inside a strip club.

Police said they later learned from Paduano that she had left her 9-year-old child at a home in Chesterton on his own while she was at the club - where witnesses said she arrived about 5 p.m. and police were called about 11 p.m. The investigation began April 28 when Polecatz manager Mario Robles called authorities and told police of the intoxicated woman and a baby he found crying loudly in her car.

nwitimes.com

August 1, 2014

by Lee Enterprises

LAPORTE -- Police got involved when a LaPorte woman left three children by themselves inside her still running car.

No arrest was made but a report is being submitted to Child Protective Services to further review, according to La Porte Police. At about 7 p.m. Sunday, an officer was called to Al's Supermarket,702 E. Lincolnway, and discovered two of the children were ages 2 and 10 months.

nwitimes.com

May 27, 2014

Finally some rational legislation is passed concerning 'public servants' unlawfully entering another person's property.

Well, Indiana has taken action to "recognize the unique character of a citizen's home and to ensure that a citizen feels secure in his or her own home against unlawful intrusion by another individual or a public servant."

thefreethoughtproject.com

April 1, 2014

A man was arrested Monday accused of molesting a young girl. Sean P. Brown, 40, who lists his address in Muncie, was accused of inappropriately touching a young girl at least once a year ago.

Child Protective Services alerted police to possible abuse. Brown is a member of the Indiana National Guard, was a friend of the family and had stayed at the girl's Shelbyville residence or near the Shelbyville residence periodically through the past few years.

shelbynews.com

March 21, 2014

A relative of a woman jailed in Delaware County spoke for the first time. She said she is shocked her sister would try to abduct a tiny infant.

Judith Walker is accused of wrapping a cord around Amy Everhart's neck this past week and demanding her to hand over her three week old baby. But Everhart fought back, escaping with her child and then called police. Walker's sister, Jeannetta Presley, spoke with WISH's Adrienne Broaddus Monday. Presley says her sister doesn't have children, but recently hinted she was going to adopt.

wane.com

June 25, 2013

Child Protective Services took two children into custody after they were found in a home with an active methamphetamine lab.

Indiana State Police said a 4-year-old and an infant less than 30 days old were in the apartment in the 1400 block of North Arlington Park in Bloomington while meth was being manufactured there.

theindychannel.com

March 28, 2013

Brian Christine, who served 12 years behind bars, had taken his three daughters at gunpoint in a case that brought national attention to parental rights.

Christine, took the girls at gunpoint near Myrtle Creek in 2001. Christine, his wife, Ruth and an accomplice were arrested days later in Montana. While awaiting trial, Ruth Christine appeared on NBC's "Today" show to assert that the state had overstepped its authority by taking custody of their children. The case also generated much interest from anti-government and parental-rights activists on the Internet and talk radio.

oregonlive.com

March 10, 2013

by Robert Barnes

Farmer Hugh Bowman hardly looks the part of a revolutionary who stands in the way of promising new biotech discoveries and threatens Monsanto's pursuit of new products it says will "feed the world."

"Hell's fire," said the 75-year-old self-described "eccentric old bachelor," who farms 300 acres of land passed down from his father. Bowman rested in a recliner, boots off, the tag that once held his Foster Grant reading glasses to a drugstore rack still attached, a Monsanto gimme cap perched ironically on his balding head.

journalgazette.net

February 11, 2013

by Niki Kelly

INDIANAPOLIS - Legislators are wrestling this session with how to regulate prescription drug abuse at pain clinics around the state as a local case alleging several deaths and reckless practices unfolds.

Both the Allen County and Huntington County coroners' offices report a trend of growing prescription drug overdoses, usually involving highly addictive narcotics. And Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has targeted the abuse with a statewide task force, annual drug summit and by aggressively filing complaints against a number of doctors in Indiana.

journalgazette.net

February 3, 2013

Now, to the unraveling of a long, winding and weird custody battle. It's the story of a 24-year-old thought to be missing for decades. Now found, a grown, married man.

How did police track him down after all these years? And what happened here? Abc's john muller is on the story. Reporter: Dan, this case was so cold, indiana state police had to reopen it when the stepfather turned over his son's social security card a few months ago. It was that simple piece of information, a social security number, that led investigators to a 24-year-old whose name changed but whose license picture looked a lot like the 5-year-old boy who went missing. This is a lot for me to take in.

abcnews.go.com

February 1, 2013

On March 15, 2012, my 15-yearold cousin came to live with me as foster child after having been removed from more than eight foster homes because of her extreme behavior.

I decided to take her in to try to make a difference in her life not knowing what would happen when she moved into my house along with my three kids. In the beginning, she said she welcomed the opportunity to live with us. Soon after she got there, things changed. She started getting kicked out of school, being disrespectful, did not want to do chores or take medication prescribed to her for stress and a bipolar disorder. Her attitude changed. She started not coming home from school and I reported it to her caseworker but got no response.

frostillustrated.com

January 30, 2013

by Mark Wilson

An Evansville man already sentenced to 85 years in prison on child molesting charges in Vanderburgh and Warrick counties still faces Posey County felony charges from the same case.

Jacob A. Phillips, 35, was arrested in April 2010 after the Evansville Police Department and Warrick County Sheriff's Office began investigating a Child Protective Services hotline tip. During an interview at Holly's House, the victim described a series of incidents that took place over a nine-year period in Vanderburgh, Warrick and Posey counties.

courierpress.com

October 22, 2012

SOUTH BEND - The Indiana Department of Child Services has settled its part of a lawsuit involving the death of a 16-month-old girl while she was in foster care.

The lawyer for Alissa B. Guernsey's mother told the South Bend Tribune that the agency has agreed to pay $150,000 to Kelli Sprunger for its alleged role in her daughter's March 2009 death.

therepublic.com

October 13, 2012

(SALEM) - A Salem woman arrested last Friday night had a blood alcohol content of .28; more than three times Indiana's legal limit of .08.

Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, of the Leader-Democrat reports, Lola Kramer, 43, 218 E. Oak Dr., is employed by the Washington County Division of Child Services (formerly Child Protective Services). Kramer failed field sobriety tests and was transported to St. Vincent Salem Hospital for a blood test.

wbiw.com

October 13, 2012

by Nick Cusack

A Shelbyville man filed a tort claim against the Indiana Department of Child Services last week after his infant son died in January as he was under the state's care.

One-year-old Jayden Noel died of multiple blunt force traumatic injuries to the head in January in Indianapolis. His mother, Chelsea Taylor, and her then-boyfriend, Ryan Worline, were arrested and are facing charges of felony neglect of a dependent resulting in death, a Class A felony.

shelbynews.com

September 10, 2012

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by Annette M. Hall

Shelby County, TN: This case concerns the termination of parental rights.

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June 24, 2012

by Annette M. Hall

Roxanne Scarlett is fighting an uphill custody battle in an unfair nepotistic and unscrupulous judicial system.

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June 24, 2012

by Annette Hall

I live in Indiana and am trying to get my fourteen-year-old daughter out of residential treatment care. There are daily fights and I fear for my daughters health and safety. She was getting out of control and needed a wake up call, but she's had more than that.

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