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Baltimore uses trauma research to improve life for poor parents and their children
One day, when she was 14 and feeling ill, Daylesha Brown's mother took her to a Baltimore hospital and did not return for her. Child Protective Services (CPS) placed her in a group home and she was forced to move to other homes for the next three years.
So last year when Brown discovered her daughter, Sa-Maji, had lead poisoning, a lingering problem in Baltimore where the rate of poisoning among children is nearly twice the national average, she was wary that she would lose her child to CPS because of her transient lifestyle. She wanted to spare her child the misfortunes she had experienced.
August 22, 2017
Judge pleads guilty to ordering defendant to be shocked with 50,000 volts
A Maryland judge who ordered a deputy to remotely shock a defendant with a 50,000-volt charge pleaded guilty (PDF) to a misdemeanor civil rights violation in federal court Monday, and he faces a maximum of one year in prison.
Before jurors were brought in, the judge was asking the defendant if he had questions to submit to prospective jurors, who were not yet in the courtroom. Delvon King, the 25-year-old defendant acting as his own attorney, refused to answer several times.
May 9, 2016
Washington County foster care parents the first in state to be trained in childhood trauma
Foster care parents in Washington County will be the first in the state trained in a unique program to help children traumatized by psychological, sexual and physical abuse.
The therapy program is designed to help children cope, manage and heal from these experiences. The program will provide increased training to the foster parents who provide the direct care of children placed in their homes. They will be trained to recognize and understand the child's symptoms and emotional stress.
November 22, 2015
West Friendship family chooses homeschooling for family time
Every space in the first floor of the Walsh family's West Friendship home serves as a classroom - the walls of the mudroom are chalkboards, the windows in the dining room are lined with children's books and the kitchen holds recipes for reading...
"Some families have set up classrooms in their homes, but I wanted to teach my kids that learning can happen anywhere," said Allison Walsh, who began homeschooling her three youngest children at the beginning of September. "This is spontaneous." Annabelle, 7, points at the vocabulary words of the day written in chalk across the from the shoe rack in the mudroom.
October 4, 2015
Maryland free range parents cleared of neglect
A Maryland couple has been cleared of neglect in a case stemming from their children walking home alone from a nearby park.
Danielle said "relief" was her reaction to the ruling Monday. "Relief that it's just over. The whole saga is over. It's been really challenging and stressful."
June 23, 2015
After 'free-range' case, Maryland clarifies solo-kids policy
After an outcry over one family's "free-range" parenting case, Maryland officials on Friday clarified the state's policy on how authorities handle cases of children walking or playing alone outdoors...
Danielle Meitiv said she welcomed the clarification, saying it highlights an issue of growing importance even though she still thinks it doesn't go far enough.
June 12, 2015
Looking Out: Efforts to improve care for LGBT foster youth in Maryland expand
Nowadays, when Ann Marie Binsner holds trainings for foster care providers on ways to provide safe environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender kids.
Binsner, who is executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, in Prince George's County, has developed a reputation in the state for her work on the issue. She helped start a LGBTQ Task Force in Prince George's County in 2006 -- well ahead of the curve in directing attention to the issue -- and has now helped train more than 1,000 care providers across the state on the needs of LGBT youth.
June 11, 2015
Free-Range Maryland Family Cleared of Child Neglect Charge
Hallelujah! Danielle and Alexander Meitiv have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the Dec. 20 incident when they let their kids walk home from the park in Silver Spring, Maryland.
A Maryland couple investigated for neglect after they let their two young children walk home alone from local parks have been cleared in one of two such cases, according to the family's attorneys and documents.
May 26, 2015
Our say: Montgomery County parents told government knows best
This week, thanks to events in Montgomery County, we learned that most of us were victims of "neglect" when we were growing up. Who would have thought it?
Our unenlightened parents kicked us out of the house to play by ourselves, assumed we could walk alone through our own neighborhood and would have chortled at the notion that they had to watch us every minute. They thought it was unhealthy for school-aged kids to spend all day tied to parental apron strings.
April 18, 2015
Schools use new software to monitor students' social media posts
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - Officials in western Maryland's Washington County schools will be tracking students' social media activity while at school using new software that scans for keywords like "kill" or "bomb."
The district is using software called Social Sentinel that employs "geofencing" protocol to determine when students are on school grounds and scans their Twitter, Facebook and other social media posts for evidence of violent threats, harassment, drug or alcohol use, or similarly dangerous language, WJLA television station reports.
August 19, 2014
20-Year-Old Mother Arrested For Abusing Infant Son
A 20-year-old woman was arrested for abusing her infant son, Prince George's County Police say.
Officers arrived at her home just before 7 p.m. Monday for a report of an infant suffering a medical emergency. Police say the 10-month-old boy was taken to a local hospital where he is in critical condition.
June 4, 2014
Baltimore Mayor to Curfew Foes: Go Live On a Farm
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake doesn't have patience for critics of the curfew she wants to impose on the city's kids. WBFF reports:
Commenting for the first time publicly since the city council passed a law that would ban teens under 14 from being out after 9 p.m., the mayor took aim at concerns over the new restrictions, urging parents to get more involved with supervising their children. "If you want to have your kid run amok 24 hours a day, go live out on a farm somewhere."
May 15, 2014
Bill to give foster parents new tax credit ready for O'Malley
The work done across the state by foster parents has not gone unnoticed by Maryland politicians.
Commissioners' president hopeful Del. Peter F. Murphy held a news conference with Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot on Friday afternoon in La Plata to celebrate the passage of a bill that will give a $1,500 tax credit for care expenses that don't normally get reimbursed. Murphy (D-Charles) said the bill, which he said he has worked on since its inception, passed unanimously in both the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate, a rare feat.
May 14, 2014
Uncle Sam Revives Feudal Practice to Collect From Children of Debtors
Holding children responsible for the debt incurred by their parents is a feature of historical feudalism and a few modern third-world shitholes.
A few weeks ago, with no notice, the U.S. government intercepted Mary Grice's tax refunds from both the IRS and the state of Maryland. Grice had no idea that Uncle Sam had seized her money until some days later, when she got a letter saying that her refund had gone to satisfy an old debt to the government-a very old debt.
April 11, 2014
The Law's Role in Frederick's Deadly Child Abuse Case
Last Friday night, first responders were called to the Williams home for an unresponsive 21-month-old baby girl, who later died from injures from suspected child abuse.
Court documents show that last Friday wasn't the first time the infant was abused. States Attorney Charlie Smith said when Anayah was just four-months-old, her skull was fractured, which later caused her to develop cerebral palsy.
March 21, 2014
Talbot's Generous Juror program benefits foster children - The Star Democrat: Life
Generous Jurors is a program being used nationwide to allow jurors to donate their jury pay to a charity, organization or cause identified by the circuit court in their communities. Currently, there are several thriving programs in Maryland.
In Talbot County, jurors' donations go directly to the local Department of Social Services Foster Care unit. The donations are used to provide for foster children in the county items which state budgets do not always support, such as extracurricular uniforms, funds for field trips, and birthday and holiday gifts.
August 22, 2013
Enrollment deadline approaching for homeschool co-op
South Carroll Covenant Keepers Homeschool Co-op is currently enrolling new members for the 2013-2014 school year.
outh Carroll Covenant Keepers is a nonprofit organization open to all homeschoolers in the area. Classes meet at St. Joseph Catholic Community in Eldersburg. Classes offered are appropriate for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Subjects include art, music, science and physical education. A nursery is available.
August 18, 2013
2 Babies Die After Families Forget Them In Hot Cars
As summer temperatures soar to excessive levels across the Southland, two tragic cases from the other side of the country serve as reminders to anyone who has child care responsibilities.
The details connected to the deaths of two babies over the holiday weekend -- in separate incidents but under similar circumstances and only a short drive from each other in Virginia and Maryland -- could hardly be more tragic: In both cases, police say, a relative forgot the babies in a car with outside temperatures hovering around 90 degrees. Unfortunately, such cases are not rare.
July 13, 2013
Baltimore Police Sued Once Again for Deleting Footage from Citizen's Camera (Updated)
The Baltimore Police Department is being sued for attacking a woman and smashing her camera, marking second time sued in two years for same thing.
With one of the worst reputations in the country for violating the rights of citizens with cameras, the Baltimore Police Department is being sued for attacking a woman and smashing her camera, marking the second time in two years it has been sued for destroying footage. The first suit earned them a federal reprimand. The second will hopefully earn them a federal investigation. In that suit, which was filed last week, Makia Smith says she was stuck in stand-still rush hour traffic in March 2012 when she saw a group of cops beating up a man...
May 15, 2013
Former Howard County school aide appeals sex abuse conviction
A former teacher's aide at a Columbia elementary school whose love letters to an eight-year-old pupil at his school led to a precedent-setting sexual abuse conviction asked the state's highest court Friday to overturn that conviction.
Karl Marshall Walker Jr., 41, was convicted in 2011 of sexual abuse and attempted sexual abuse of a minor based on his letters to the girl. His lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Katherine Rasin, told the Court of Appeals on Friday that Walker, a former teacher's aide at Bryant Woods Elementary School, neither molested nor sexually exploited the girl, nor had he tried to.
April 5, 2013
Maryland foster care violence detailed in agency records
The boy did not want to take a shower. After being asked to wash up, the 10-year-old began throwing glass cookware in the kitchen, turned on the stove and started a small fire, according to state records.
The violent incident in Wicomico County was one of several detailed in documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun as it investigated foster home violence that gained increased attention after a 2-year-old's death this summer. The Sun requested last year's incident reports for homes under the watch of the state's three largest social services agencies.
October 22, 2012
Experience of local foster parents leads to release of independent film 'The Boarder'
In the turbulent lives of hundreds of thousands of children, normal is a foreign word. There is nothing normal about being abused, neglected or abandoned.
It is their experience that has led to the release of the independent movie, "The Boarder." Before it hits theaters nationwide, the movie will make its premiere in Hagerstown at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Leitersburg Cinemas, north of Hagers-town. The movie premiere is sponsored by the Hagers-town-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
August 18, 2012
Amazing journey from foster care to Annapolis
This week 17-year-old Tim Cecil began his first year of post-high school military education at the Naval Academy Preparatory School, in Newport, R.I. After that he'll spend four years at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
For the past several years Tim has studied hard and played hard. He likes volleyball, track and field, cross-country running, soccer, golf, ultimate frisbee and, naturally, watching sports. Music, writing and drawing are his creative interests. At 5-foot-11 and 135 pounds, no one would guess by looking at him how fragile his life was as an infant in the foster care system. "It's incredible what he's doing, because none of this was supposed to happen," his mom said.
July 28, 2012
Can the State Force Vaccinations on Your Child?
Nearly 800 parents from Prince George County in Maryland whose children did not have their latest vaccinations received ominous-looking letters in November with the State Courthouse address stamped on it.
They were "strongly urged" to attend a hearing on November 17th, after which they were informed that if they did not get their children vaccinated on the spot (medical technicians from the state health department were on hand), or prove they already had them, they would face either $50 fines or up to 10 days jail time.
July 3, 2012
Woman Faces Felony Child Neglect Charges
Home alone. A woman under arrest for leaving her two young children unattended.
Wood County Home Confinement had Ashley Berry in their custody. Berry was under house arrest for driving on a suspended license for a DUI. During a routine house check officers found her one and two-year-old home alone.
June 23, 2012
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Jacked Up: Attachment Parenting Lost
How long does it take for a traumatized child to recover? Who can and should be held accountable for inflicting undo stress and emotional abuse on innocent children? These are questions that must be answered. How many children must suffer before our government takes action?
May 15, 2010