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African American children make up 15% of the U.S. population, but represent 34% of the children in foster care.

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Pennsylvania CPS News Archive

Pennsylvania News Coverage

by Tom Murse

Lancaster woman seeks $50M after child, 6, dies in foster care. Michelle Gochenaur was fighting to bring her 6-year-old daughter home to Lancaster.

The 28-year-old says she cleaned up her life since losing Taylor Webster to a foster family while serving a two-month prison term in 2002. But just days before her open-adoption case was to be heard in New York last week, Gochenaur got the phone call she never expected. Her little girl was dead.

Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

May 27, 2008

by Dr. Elizabeth J. Roberts

At the urging of parents, doctors are medicating far too many kids who just need a better upbringing.

On Dec. 13, 2006, 4-year-old Rebecca Riley died, drowning in her own lung secretions. Her death was the direct result of psychiatric medications which had been prescribed to her for a presumed diagnosis of bipolar disorder -- a diagnosis first given to her when she was only 2 years old.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

November 18, 2007

by Carl Lindquist

Violent sexual predators could be monitored at all times to help keep them away from schools, day-care centers and the homes of their victims with a new GPS tracking system that the county plans to begin using.

TrackerPAL is an anklet that combines GPS and cellular phone technology and allows the person to be monitored every minute of every day. The county plans to use the technology to help probation officers monitor sexually violent predators and domestic violence offenders.

The York Dispatch (PA)

March 25, 2007

The parents of a toddler who died in a foster home after eating baking soda were expected to sue Contra Costa County after the board of supervisors rejected their demand for about $20 million.

Deonna Green, 2, died in December while under the foster care of Khareasha Pugh. The girl and her sister had been in her care for about three months when Pugh called 911 because Deonna was having convulsions.

The Union Tribune (CA)

March 17, 2007

The father of a young girl who died of exposure had knocked her unconscious because he was angry, then took her outside in subfreezing temperatures and left her there, police said before the man's arraignment Thursday.

Nyia Miangel Page, who was about to turn 2, was found dead Sunday on a wooded knoll about a 10 minute walk from the family's home. Tiny footprints in the snow suggested she had gotten up and wandered around before she died, police said. Her father, William Lorenzo Page, 23, of Braddock, was arrested on charges of criminal homicide, kidnapping, false reports and simple assault.

MSNBC (PA)

February 8, 2007

Teachers and administrators at Central Elementary School knew they had a problem with F.H., a 12-year-old who had been accused of going into a bathroom stall and sexually assaulting a first-grade boy.

But instead of calling police and removing F.H., district officials covered up the attack and allowed him to remain in class, leading to the sexual assault of three more first-graders, parents say.

MSNBC (PA)

February 7, 2007

This summer, county welfare departments began filing brief questionnaires about child abuse and neglect cases that led to deaths or near-deaths.

They filed these reports because they had to -- California was on the verge of losing millions of dollars in funding for failing to comply with federal reporting laws. It's thanks to this bureaucratic snafu that we know about Deonna Green.

San Francisco Chronicle (CA)

December 18, 2006

The poison control center serving the Bay Area said it has no record of a call a Pittsburg foster mother told police she made last week after a 2-year-old child reportedly ate baking soda.

That child, Deonna Green, died Wednesday night at Children's Hospital in Oakland. A deputy coroner said that an autopsy was conducted on the child's body Thursday, but no cause of death has been determined. Officials are now waiting for the results from a toxicology test.

NBC 11 News

December 14, 2006

by Barbara White

Pennsylvania pays more than a million dollars a day to house and care for some 8,900 abused, neglected, unruly, delinquent and mentally ill children, but it lacks essential tools to protect these children from harm.

Dillon Kindling was 14 when the state took custody of him and placed him in institutions it had licensed to shelter and treat troubled teens. The first fracture occurred in a fight with another boy outside a Spectrum Family Network group home in East Liberty while the institution's solitary worker cooked inside.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

September 18, 2005

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