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Teacher arrested in hidden camera scandal
A state charter school teacher is in trouble, accused of putting a hidden camera inside a bathroom to record his female students and it may have been happening for weeks.
Houston police arrested Craig McDonald at Yzaguirre School for Success in southeast Houston Monday morning as he was getting out of his car. Students, faculty and parents were absolutely stunned when they heard the allegations against the 59-year-old teacher, who by all accounts was very well respected. Students at the Raul Yzaguirre charter school thought so highly of Craig McDonald that two years ago they voted him teacher of the year.
July 16, 2011
Area man gets 20 years in foster child's death : Big Country : Abilene Reporter-News
A Coleman man received the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison Thursday for recklessly causing serious bodily injury that led to the death of a 14-month-old foster child in his care three years ago.
The defense argued that the extensive bruising and head trauma could have been caused by CPR or the choking incident itself, and by common, everyday toddler falls. Coleman County District Attorney Heath Hemphill said Yarbrough will not be eligible for parole until actual time is served, and that any good conduct time equals one fourth of the sentence.
Abilene Reporter News
July 16, 2011
Boy Abandoned On Texas Interstate Remains In State Care
A 4-year-old boy who was dumped on a Texas interstate by his father will remain in state care for the time being, a judge ruled Thursday.
Child Protective Services spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner told The Associated Press that the boy's biological mother and an uncle each sought custody of the boy during a hearing Thursday in Nolan County. She said the case will return to court in Sweetwater within 30 days and CPS will make a recommendation.
July 7, 2011
Homeschooling a growing trend across nation
Public schools have been the main form of education for students for several years, but more recently, a different trend has emerged in the creation of homeschooling.
While Texas public schools operate on curriculum and guidelines handed down from the state, homeschooling operates a bit differently. In Texas, homeschools have been legally recognized as private schools, and as long as a homeschool uses a written curriculum and teaches the five core subjects of reading, grammar, math, spelling and good citizenship, it is legal, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association. Homeschools do not have to register with the school district, submit to home visits or submit their curriculum for approval by a school district. [Editors note: Portions of this article may be incorrect, according to some Texas Homeschoolers.]
July 7, 2011
Houston, Texas, Family Living in Self-Storage Shed
You can't put your children in self-storage: That's the message being given Prince and Charlomane Leonard by Texas's Child Protective Services.
The northeast Houston storage unit that the Leonards call home has 10,000 square feet-plenty of room for the parents and their six kids to roam around. It has air conditioning, beds, a bath tub, a microwave oven and two computers--among other amenities. But it lacks running water. And partly on that basis, CPS has taken custody of the couple's offspring.
July 6, 2011
Parents Accused Of Nearly Starving, Beating Twins To Death - Houston News Story
HOUSTON -- Two southwest Houston parents were charged with starving and beating their 9-month-old twins, nearly to death, officials said Monday.
Shantel Jefferson, 26, and Michael Kato Jr., 23, were charged with injury to a child. Jefferson was also charged with assault. Investigators said they received a tip that the couple's twins, a boy and a girl, were mistreated in their apartment in the 9100 block of Burdine Street on May 3. The twins were placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.
June 21, 2011
Texas Educators May Soon Gain Access to Student's Criminal Records
A piece of Texas legislation that would provide educators with detailed information about a student's criminal history is poised to become law.
If passed the measure would provide teachers and school officials access to juvenile records that have traditionally been confidential in most states, according to an Associated Press story. Educators and juvenile advocates were at odds about the effectiveness of the new measure. Educators said teacher safety was paramount, but advocates feared revealing students' criminal information would undermine the work of the juvenile corrections system -- a framework that aims to allow youth who's decision-making skills aren't fully developed to move beyond early mistakes in life, according to the AP.
June 16, 2011
First Reading: Sunday shows contemplate Perry candidacy
A recent class-action lawsuit against the state says there are far too many children like Honey in Texas, "stuck" in an understaffed and overburdened foster care system.
The New York-based group Children's Rights filed the case this year in federal court in Corpus Christi in conjunction with three Texas law firms, including Haynes and Boone in Dallas. The lawsuit claims that Texas makes "little effort" to find permanent homes for the 12,000 children who have been removed from their homes and have been kept in foster care more than one year.
June 13, 2011
State Child Protective Services Faces Lawsuit
The U.S. Department of Labor is suing the state's Child Protective Services for failing to pay workers overtime. The U.S. Department of Labor began investigating CPS in June of 2008.
The lawsuit claims that 800 current and former child protective service investigators and case workers were denied overtime pay. The suit is seeking more than $1 million in back pay plus interest.
June 11, 2011
Julianne McCrery questioned about death of son
CONCORD, Mass. -- The mother of the boy found dead in Maine was questioned by Massachusetts and Maine State Police on Wednesday. WHDH-TV in Boston is reporting she has confessed to killing her son.
Julianne McCrery, who is from Irving, Texas, reportedly cooperated with Massachusetts State Police as she was interviewed at the Concord barracks. She has not been charged. The Maine Department of Public Safety and the Maine Attorney General's Office say they have positively identified the boy. The name of the little boy has been reported as Camden Pierce Hughes.
May 18, 2011
In Texas schools, a picture's worth 1,000 calories
A $2 million project being unveiled Wednesday in the lunchroom of a Texas elementary school will use high-tech cameras to photograph what foods children pile onto their trays - and later capture what they don't finish eating.
Digital imaging analysis of the snapshots will then calculate how many calories each student scarfed down. Local health officials said the program, funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, is the first of its kind in a U.S. school, and will be so precise that the technology can identify a half-eaten pear left on a lunch tray.
May 12, 2011
2 young Nacogdoches kids left home alone for hours
Nacogdoches Police are investigating a case of two young children being left home alone for two to three hours.
According to the report, an anonymous tip led officers to an apartment in the 3000 block of North Pecan Street at 4:17 p.m. on Thursday, where two children, aged 3 and 5, were in the home alone.
April 29, 2011
Doctors, Chiropractors Square Off Over Bill
After a fierce fight, the state's leading physician groups won a change in legislation backed predominantly by Texas chiropractors that could have prevented one health care licensing agency from challenging the ruling of another in court.
The bill reached final passage on the Senate floor today after addition of an amendment added by Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, who authored the bill, reflecting a compromise between the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Chiropractic Association.
April 17, 2011
Father bonds out of jail after arrest for alleged excessive discipline
SAN ANTONIO -- Rene Medrano has bonded out of jail after being charged with injury to a child. San Antonio police arrested him Wednesday for alleged excessive discipline. He made a $15,000 bond.
According to an arrest warrant, the 29-year-old beat his daughter with a belt and made her drink Tabasco sauce. The alleged victim, who is younger than 7-years-old, misbehaved at school and used profane language at another child, according to the warrant.
April 15, 2011
The Rainbow Room is a Ray of Hope
A call is made to Child Protective Services caseworker Mary Smith at midnight. She is asked to check into a report on three children ages 2, 5, and 7. Their mother had left them with a baby-sitter three days earlier.
The most basic needs of a family in crisis are often unavailable, and caseworkers typically cannot provide the necessities from their personal resources. With the introduction of the Rainbow Room, assistance with basic needs becomes available. This helps keep families together through traumatic times and can be equally critical in developing a helping relationship between caseworkers and the families they serve.
April 15, 2011
Child's beating with belt one of the worst cases ever investigated
CASTLE HILLS, Texas - Police say it's one of the worst cases of child abuse they've invesigated and officers need your help tracking the suspect down.
Officers are searching for 31-year-old James Sterling Chapman. They say he beat a 10-year-old relative so severely, the boy was unable to sit down. Investigators say the child's teacher noticed something was wrong last week. Chapman is being investigated for possibly abusing another child. Both children are now in foster homes and Sgt. Pardaen said the 10-year-old's mother will also be charged.
February 20, 2011
Cockfighting ring busted in East Texas
TYLER - Authorities seized 44 roosters and an estimated 20 people were detained on Primera road last night near the Tyler city limits.
The Humane Society of the United States says they have been monitoring cockfighting problems in East Texas for a year and a half, investigating 20 locations and 100 confirmed sites statewide. Officials say child protective services were present at the location as well, because children were present.
February 20, 2011
Longview mother arrested for child endangerment
LONGVIEW,TX - A Longview woman is jailed after police found her two children left alone at home. (Video Report)
Police say they found 20 year old Kimberly Flores' two children, a 2 year old and 3 year old, in the yard of their Eden Drive home, unsupervised in soiled diapers. Child protective services took temporary custody of two children Thursday.
February 19, 2011
2010 Christmas Appeal: When it hurts to dream
There is no telling what Mario remembers. He and his brothers were removed from their parents' care by Child Protective Services and placed with their grandmother, Pinky.
The family represents thousands who will be helped by the Caller-Times Children's Christmas Appeal. The names of the families profiled have been changed to protect their privacy. All money donated to the drive benefits the children; all overhead costs are borne by the Caller-Times and participating agencies.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
November 27, 2010
Partnership leads to homes for children
The Honorable Ron Pope and The Honorable Robert Kern finalized 14 adoptions on Friday in celebration of National Adoption Day. Six foster children were among the 14 children adopted.
In Fort Bend County, the 328th and 387th District Courts, Child Advocates of Fort Bend and its partner agencies, Arrow Child and Family Ministries, Child Protective Services, Fort Bend Bar Association, Fort Bend County Attorney's Office, Fort Bend Lawyers Care, the Fort Bend Court Team for Maltreated Infants and Toddlers, Bikers Against Child Abuse and the Lone Star Exchange Club worked together to celebrate the joys of adoption and encourage more families and individuals to give children permanent homes through adoption.
November 27, 2010
Dallas CASA seeks 1,000 more advocates for abused, neglected children
Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocates is an organization of volunteers trained to gather facts and give recommendations that help judges make critical decisions about child abuse cases in Dallas.
To commemorate its 30th year, Dallas CASA wants to reach even more children than it does now. Its goal is to provide an advocate for each child who goes through the system, which would require 1,000 more volunteers as well as the financial resources to train and supervise them.
The Dallas Morning News
November 7, 2010
Two fired after PISD bus incident
Two Plano ISD employees were fired following an investigation into an incident where a student was left on a school bus more than an hour after the student should have been dropped off at school.
The child was checked by personnel and appeared to be OK, said Lesley Range-Stanton, director of communications for Plano ISD. "The driver took the student to the transportation office, where the student's parents were called, and the incident was reported to Child Protective Services," Range-Stanton said.
Star Local News
October 22, 2010
Parents charged with injury to two children
Two Combes parents appeared before a Cameron County judge Tuesday morning on charges of child abuse while their 1-month-old son remained in a San Antonio children's hospital in critical condition.
The couple's 1-year-old daughter was taken into the custody of Child Protective Services after investigators found that she had what appeared to be a more than four-inch adult bite mark on her upper left thigh, records state. The girl also had a fractured left wrist, and a fractured rib that was healing, records show.
October 21, 2010
Frenulum Tear, Crushed Skull Sustained in Infant Death
Frenulum tearing and a crushed skull contributed to the death of a 1-month old child, the Star-Telegram reports. John Webb allegedly killed the infant while his mother slept.
Christian's 3-year-old sister has been placed in foster care, according to Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman for Child Protective Services. The girl was taken due to "circumstances surrounding the death," Gonzales said, but she appears to be healthy.
October 21, 2010
Lufkin mom arrested for drunk parenting
Hudson Police have arrested a woman who they say was intoxicated and passed out at a friend's house Monday evening while her 6-month-old child was left to fend for herself in another room.
Kelli Renee Thacker, 20, is charged with abandonment of child. Investigators say those charges may be changed to child endangerment depending on the outcome of their investigation. "She endangered her child's life," said Lt. Jimmy Casper, Hudson Police Department.
KTRE News 9
October 19, 2010
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