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Couple Accused Of Locking Child In Cage
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.
October 7, 2017
Missing Alabama children found safe in Lafayette, grandmother in custody
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.
November 6, 2016
Sparksville Couple Arrested For Child Negelct
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.
September 9, 2016
Can doctor accused of not reporting suspected child abuse be sued?
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.
May 5, 2016
Abortion Practitioner Failed to Report Rape of 13-Year-Old Girl Has Charge Dismissed
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.
December 3, 2015
Jury awards Indiana family $31 million in suit versus DCS, State Police
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.
November 14, 2015
High court hears parental rights case
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."
July 3, 2015
Viewpoint: End this epidemic
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.
June 29, 2015
White County baby dies, child abuse investigation underway
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.
June 11, 2015
Less money, fewer workers to protect endangered kids
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.
April 25, 2015
Cops: Woman left baby in car at strip club
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.
August 1, 2014
Police: Kids left in running car outside LaPorte supermarket
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.
May 27, 2014
State Passes Law to Legalize Shooting Police
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."
April 1, 2014
Man charged with molesting child
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.
March 21, 2014
Snatcher's sister 'shocked' by crime
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.
June 25, 2013
Child Protective Services take custody of infant, 4-year-old
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.
March 28, 2013
Man who kidnapped daughters from child-welfare workers in Oregon to be released from prison
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.
March 10, 2013
Farmer's use of patented seeds Yields Supreme Court tussle
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.
February 11, 2013
State: Pain med abuse 'epidemic'
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.
February 3, 2013
Missing Boy Found as Grown, Married Man | Video
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.
February 1, 2013
Foster care system broken: Provider wants answers from state
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.
January 30, 2013
Child molester sentenced to 50 years; faces another trial
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.
October 22, 2012
Indiana child services agency settles lawsuit involving toddler's 2009 death in foster care
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.
October 13, 2012
Washington County Child Services Employee Arrested
(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.
October 13, 2012
Local father files claim against DCS
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.
September 10, 2012
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Corruption in Indiana Courts
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June 24, 2012
Jacked Up: Call For Help
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.
May 15, 2010