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Lufkin man gets 102 months for watching child porn with kids in room
BEAUMONT -- A 59-year-old Lufkin, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
According to information presented in court, on Jan. 26, 2010, law enforcement officers made contact with Taylor after receiving information that Taylor was viewing child pornography in a Lufkin motel room with at least one child present.
KTRE News 9
October 15, 2010
Shelter alters its handling of substance abuse
Nearly half a year after Haven for Hope opened with the ambitious mission of transforming the lives of the homeless, leaders are acknowledging a paramount impediment to that goal: drug and alcohol addiction.
About 60 percent of the campus residents remain addicts, officials say, despite detoxification and voluntary treatment services at Bexar County's Restoration Center across the street. In response, Haven has fundamentally restructured the campus, adding a mandatory 60-day substance abuse treatment program in which residents considered addicts must remain isolated from others.
My San Antonio
October 13, 2010
South Austin man faces sexual assault of a child charges
A frightening revelation for one Austin community tonight. One of their neighbors is charged with sexual assault of a child. Police say the man charged in this case had access to home schooled children for 3-4 years.
It's because of that access that they need to determine if there are any more victims. Investigators say from 2007 to 2008, Sweeten maintained an inappropriate sexual relationship with a15 year old female who had gotten to know Sweeten's daughter because they attended the same homeschool co-op together.
October 13, 2010
Race: County Court-at-Law No. 5
CORPUS CHRISTI -- The court handles a caseload of mostly Child Protective Services cases that involve the removal and placement of children as a result of abuse, neglect or abandonment.
Adoptions, guardianships and juvenile cases from throughout Nueces County also are handled by the court. Commissioners appointed Terry Shamsie, a Democrat, to the bench in 2008 to serve out the remainder of the late Judge Carl Lewis' unexpired term. Shamsie, a former county judge, is running for a full four-year term against Republican Brent Chesney, a city councilman, for the seat. The position pays about $139,000 annually.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
October 9, 2010
Complex child case shines spotlight on paternity law
FORT WORTH -- Nearly every morning for three weeks, Hope McClendon has been protesting outside the downtown Family Law Center, upset over a judge's ruling involving the placement of her granddaughter.
He removed the little girl, whose mother is dead, from McClendon and placed her with McClendon's ex-boyfriend, Devery Gladney -- a man who doesn't share the child's genetic code but who said he loves her as his own. But legal experts said that, while the case is unusual, paternity statutes give judges discretion in certain instances, especially if the child has been in the man's life and he has acted as the father.
October 9, 2010
CPS to hold townhall regarding Lubbock's welfare system
Child Protective Services is asking for your input on how to even out the disproportionate number of African American youngsters in Lubbock's child welfare system.
A townhall meeting on this complex problem is set for Thursday night at 6:30 at the Lubbock CPS office, 1103 Martin Luther King Boulevard.
September 21, 2010
Infant out of coma as man faces charges in shaken-baby case
Video Report -- A three-month-old baby girl is now out of a coma after a San Antonio man admitted to shaking the infant, police said.
The 21-year-old suspect has admitted to having an anger-management problem. Police arrested Bobby Fernandez just days after an infant in his care was rushed to University Hospital.
KENS 5 News
August 26, 2010
Child welfare workers under investigation
SAN ANTONIO -- The U.S. Department of Labor is keeping an eye on Child Protective Services investigators who are eligible for overtime compensation
News 4 WOAI has received complaints from current CPS workers who say they are being saddled with too many cases, claiming the agency has seen a mass exodus of experienced investigators. The U.S. Department of Labor would not go into detail about the investigation, citing it is an open case.
August 23, 2010
Home School Gaining Popularity In Texas
Even as thousands returned to the classroom for that first day of school, there are a number of children being home schooled in Texas. The Texas Home School Coalition said this has grown significantly in the past five years.
39 News spoke to one family who prefers home schooling over a public or private institution. Some families feel more comfortable keeping their children home schooled so they can incorporate religion into their studies more consistently. This was partially the case for Patricia Duvall, who home schooled her son for a few other reasons too.
August 23, 2010
Child rescued from hot car in Dallas
A security guard at the Texas Work Force Commission called police after observing the two-year-old boy alone in a car which wasn't running; the windows were partially rolled down.
The child may have been in the vehicle parked in the 2700 block of Stemmons Freeway for up to 15 minutes. The two-year-old's mother was arrested on charges of child endangerment. The boy in the car and an infant that the woman had with her were placed in the custody of Child Protective Services. The woman's name was not released.
August 23, 2010
Parents of dead toddler lose custody of their children
ROCKPORT - The parents of an Aransas County toddler who died last week in a hot SUV lost custody of their three children following a ruling Friday morning.
Bills and Hickey must attend parenting classes and undergo random drug testing and pay $50 a month to the state in child support, Yeager ordered. They must release their past medical and mental health records to the court, and both are ordered to counseling and to have psychological/psychiatric examinations. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services will assess the living conditions.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
July 23, 2010
Parents of slain Irving child were investigated by CPS in 2009, official says
IRVING -- Officials with Child Protective Services had investigated the parents of a 5-year-old boy who was strangled on Monday, but the boy and his younger sister were found to be in good health, a CPS official said Tuesday.
CPS officials received a referral on the family in May 2009 for neglectful supervision, and the parents admitted to leaving the boy home asleep while they took their toddler daughter to an emergency room for respiratory problems. None of the people whom CPS contacted about the incident had concerns about the children's care, according to CPS reports.
July 20, 2010
Woman accused of injuring toddler in her care in The Colony
A woman from The Colony has been accused of causing serious injuries to a 17-month-old child by repeatedly jumping on him while he was lying on the floor.
Priscilla Marie Pena, 22, was arrested by Lewisville police June 28 for injury to a child, a second-degree felony that carries a possible punishment of two to 20 years in prison and up to $10,000 fine. She was released on $300 bond. The boy was injured May 17 when he was left in Pena's care while his mother went shopping, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
The Dallas Morning News
July 8, 2010
Mom goes to trial in 4-year-old's death in Harris County
A year after a suburban 4-year-old's gruesome death helped force a state review of child abuse investigations in Houston, there's little else to show that Emma Thompson passed through this world.
She's buried next to a grandfather she never met and no formal headstone is placed on her tiny grave, which features a humble funeral home marker and half-dead petunias. Young faces up to life in prison if convicted on the one count of injury to a child by omission.
June 28, 2010
Outlook grim for little girl police say was beaten by aunt | outlook, aunt, police - Local News -
A three-and-a-half year old girl authorities say was beaten by her aunt isn't expected to survive more than two to four weeks, according to a spokeswoman for Child Protective Services.
The girl's aunt, Wadren Alice Hilger, 31, is charged with injury to a child. If the little girl dies, the law allows for the possibility of a capital murder charge to be filed. Chief Allen says Hilger's two biological children are now in the care of CPS.
KFDM News 6
June 18, 2010
Boyfriend remains jailed in death of infant
An infant male taken into custody by Child Protective Services after the April 29 death of his 34-month-old sibling.
The infant's half-sister, Tiffany Wells, was initially transported to Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie on April 27 with seizures.
Waxahachie Daily Light
June 18, 2010
State halts placements at youth facility that held 'fight club'
Texas officials have suspended all placements to Daystar, a facility for troubled children, and assigned the center a monitor following revelations that it had a "fight club"-style incident two years ago.
The center, which receives about $3 million a year from DFPS to care for mentally ill or developmentally disabled foster care children, has had more than 72 children at a time, but has averaged about 44 children the past three years.
June 14, 2010
Local Family Fights For Child
Family and friends are working to get a little boy back to his mother. 15 month old Jacob Perry has a cleft palate and Child Protective Services took him away when he was just 13 days old because of what CPS called "failure to thrive."
However, Dorothy Perry, who is mentally challenged, says she was working to get treatment for her child. She planned to care for Jacob with the help of her parents. Now they are constantly in and out of the courtroom. The child's grandfather, Al Perry, is trying to help get his daughter's child back. "We're fighting a never ending battle."
KHSL TV News 12
June 13, 2010
Center changes name but goals remain the same
The center, previously known as the Collin County Children's Advocacy Center, is undergoing a facelift with a new name, new logo and new mission statement.
Last year the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County had 4,251 referrals for services. On average they see 275 clients a week in the therapy department. They served more than 1,200 in the center's Rainbow Room. The Rainbow Room is set up almost like a mini department store for the child. It is an emergency resource center stocked with all new items -- clothes, toys, books and toiletries.
June 10, 2010
Second foster daughter sentenced in connection with Woodward murder plot
WOODWARD -- A teenage foster daughter who authorities said had been returned to the state by two different adoptive families pleaded guilty Wednesday in a plot to kill her foster parents.
Kelsey Beames, 16, pleaded guilty in Woodward County District Court to shooting with intent to kill and conspiracy to murder. She was sentenced to remain at the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center until five months after her 18th birthday, said Danny Lohmann, assistant district attorney.
June 10, 2010
Child Killing Center 'Sacred and Holy Ground'?
The city of Houston boasts the largest regional Planned Parenthood in the nation. The 78,000 square-foot building will serve as headquarters for 35 counties in Texas and Louisiana.
During the opening of the abortion mill, the audience is heard reciting or repeating something about "sacred and holy ground" on the video. Were they praying (to whom?), and if so, were they referring to the center as sacred and holy ground?
June 3, 2010
Political parents a no-show at foster care 'family reunion'
Video Report: Jokes, music and food were aplenty at the third annual family reunion of Texas Foster Care Alumni, but amid the celebration Saturday, a missing presence was no joke at all.
The hopes of Miller and her fellow event organizers were dashed when not one lawmaker showed up at the reunion. "For those of us who aged out of foster care, the government is kind of our mom and dad," Miller said. "So being able to have their support, and being able to hold our event on their grounds, it's kind of like our home."
News 8 Austin
May 22, 2010
Editorial: Permanent custody for children
Abused and neglected children live with turmoil long before they are placed in foster care. Yet foster care can bring even more pain, especially if they are moved across the state and separated from their brothers or sisters.
Advocacy organizations are gearing up for a change that will help relatives take permanent custody of children whose parents have been deemed unfit and whose homes are unsafe. For the first time, relatives who secure legal guardianship will receive a monthly payment from the state under the new law.
Dallas Morning News
May 21, 2010
More Texas youths placed in foster care
AUSTIN -- Texas' foster care rolls have surged, outstripping expectations by more than 1,000 youngsters this year, Child Protective Services officials said Thursday.
State child welfare authorities attributed the surge in part to strains on families caused by the recession. They also noted that CPS workers are more inclined to remove children from homes, after a rash of high-profile child deaths and as workers and state district judges got used to a federal appeals court's 2008 edict tightening child-removal procedures in Texas.
The Dallas Morning News
May 13, 2010
They're getting suspicious
Due to an increase in the number of homeschoolers in Texas, experts are getting suspicious about who is really homeschooling.
I've seen the similar dropout arguments made by legislators and educators in Michigan as well as in other states with "lax" regulation on homeschooling.
May 11, 2010
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