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Most abused and neglected children never come to the attention of government authorities. Therefore, official government statistics do not indicate actual rates of child abuse. -- Jim Hopper
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Rip-off Report: Child Protective Services - Lockhart Texas
CPS is part of a $14. billion dollar a year, tax payer fueled, child abuse industrial complex which provides jobs for caseworkers, judges, lawyers, bailiffs, court personnel, psychotherapists, foster homes, pharmaceutical vendors and a host of others.
CPS routinely employs unconstitutional actions, fraud, extortion, deceit, kidnapping, and conspiracy in an ongoing criminal enterprise designed to cheat the public and destroy the families of the United States of America for profit, for agrandizement and to delude the public into thinking their actions are for the general welfare of this nation.
August 22, 2007
Mother accused of fatally beating two-month-old infant as revenge
Houston -- Prosecutors say a mother brutally beat her own two-month-old child to death, all because she was mad at someone else.
On Friday, Jessica Ann Hoosier's young child died. Hoosier was booked into jail over the weekend and appeared before a judge today. Prosecutors tell us that Barry Theus, Jr. was only two months old, and they believe he sustained violent abuse for half of his short life.
ABC 13 (TX)
June 12, 2007
Family who refused cancer treatment for teen sues Texas
HARLINGEN -- The family taken into custody after refusing medical treatment for their teen's cancer has filed a federal lawsuit saying their constitutional rights were violated.
Katie Wernecke was 12 in 2005 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymph nodes. Her parents refused to allow radiation treatment, arguing chemotherapy already killed the cancer and saying they feared the radiation would do more harm than good. Her doctor contacted Child Protective Services, now the Department of Family and Protective Services.
International Herald Tribune (TX)
June 12, 2007
States Move to Enact Laws Allowing the Death Penalty for Pedophiles
Last week, the Louisiana Supreme Court upheld the death penalty as applied to a child abuser. Louisiana has led the way in passing laws to execute pedophiles.
However, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Georgia, and Montana also have passed such laws, with Texas soon to follow when Gov. Rick Perry signs such legislation.
FindLaw Legal News
May 31, 2007
Woman, 3 children found hanged in Texas
A young mother who may have been depressed apparently hanged three of her small daughters and herself in a closet using pieces of clothing and sashes, authorities said Tuesday.
The only survivor was an 8-month-old baby, saved by her aunt when she made a noise in her tiny noose, made out of a sweater. She called 911 and said through sobs that the baby was dying.
May 29, 2007
Microwaved Baby Released From Texas Hospital
GALVESTON -- A two month old baby has been released from the Shriners Burn Hospital and placed in foster care 11 days after her father allegedly placed her in a microwave oven.
The infant suffered third degree burns on the left side of her face and left handin the incident which occurred May 10. She has received at least two skin grafts. The baby reportedly did not suffer any internal injuries and is recovering.
North Country Gazette (TX)
May 24, 2007
Injuries of teen inmates probed
Texas authorities are investigating whether guards at state juvenile detention facilities broke the bones of 60 young offenders as a result of abusive tactics.
The investigation is part of a criminal inquiry into the Texas Youth Commission, one of the nation's largest juvenile justice systems, with about 4,000 offenders. It was triggered by medical reports over five years showing inmates were treated for suspicious breaks.
USA Today (TX)
May 15, 2007
Collaborative law keeps divorce from being nasty
Divorce is never nice - but it doesn't have to be nasty. That's the theory behind collaborative law, a friendlier way of dissolving a marriage.
Unlike court cases, collaborative law relies on problem-solving negotiations with no adversarial tactics. At each get-together, they hash out their differences, deciding who will have custody of the kids, how to divide property and any other pertinent matters.
April 1, 2007
New Judges in Texas Mean New Approach to Family Law
The change in judges 9 weeks ago means that Collin County residents considering divorce will want to pay particularly close attention to the family law attorney handling their case.
"When you go through a divorce, the judge to whom your case is assigned determines how the divorce will be handled. We know how to help clients best position themselves to be the parent with primary custody because we are familiar with the philosophy of the Collin County judges," says Sharon Easley, partner at the Easley and Marquis Law Firm
PR Leap (TX)
March 30, 2007
Mom Charged With Drowning 5 Kids Gets $200K Bail
A judge set a $200,000 bond Wednesday for Andrea Yates to leave jail for a state mental hospital where she will await her retrial on capital murder charges in the drowning deaths of her children.
She was convicted of two capital murder charges for the drowning of three of her five children: 7-year-old Noah, 5-year-old John and the youngest, 6-month-old Mary. Evidence was presented about the drownings of Paul, 3, and Luke, 2, but Yates was not charged in their deaths.
February 1, 2007
4 -year-old Accused of Improperly Touching Teacher
BELLMEAD- A four-year-old hugged his teachers aide and was put into in-school suspension, according to the father. But La Vega school administrators have a different story.
Damarcus Blackwell's four-year-old son was lining-up to get on the bus after school last month, when he was accused of rubbing his face in the chest of a female employee.
December 8, 2006
No More Smoking For Foster Parents
Texas will join a handful of states that prohibit foster parents from smoking in front of children in their homes and cars when a new state rule takes effect Jan. 1.
"We already have a shortage of homes and more kids coming in, and these standards could limit the ability of some families to take children in," Block said. "I feel like the state does everything they can to discourage fostering."
December 5, 2006
People for Equal Parenting
People for Equal Parenting, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoration of the Traditional American Family.
This involves two priorities: Reform of child custody laws when both parents are fit; and Reform of No Fault Divorce Laws. Find attorney referrals, mentoring, news, case law and more...
December 1, 2006
Local man arrested for threatening CPS
Local man arrested for threatening CPS An Athens man wanted for threats against individuals at Child Protective Services was arrested Tuesday at the local Texas Department of Health and Human Services office.
Henderson County Sheriff's Department Investigator Kevin Hanes said a warrant for retaliation was served on Paul Allen Templeton, 39, as he arrived at the office for what he believed was a scheduled visit with a child.
Athens Review (TX)
November 10, 2006
Texas prosecutor commits suicide
A Texas prosecutor killed himself Sunday as police tried to serve him with an arrest warrant alleging he solicited sex with a minor, authorities said.
Louis "Bill" Conradt Jr., 56, chief felony assistant district attorney for nearby Rockwall County and former district attorney in Kaufman County, died Sunday. Police forced their way into Conradt's Terrell home after hearing a gunshot when he refused to answer the door.
November 7, 2006
About Child Protective Services
The Child Protective Services Division investigates reports of abuse and neglect of children.
It also: provides services to children and families in their own homes; contracts with other agencies to provide clients with specialized services; places children in foster care; and places children in adoptive homes.
September 15, 2006
Comptroller Strayhorn Statement On Foster Care Abuse
"In November 2004, I launched an investigation into possible Medicaid prescription drug fraud and abuse in our state's foster care system."
"I am here today to release disturbing information found during my investigation about the deaths, poisonings, rapes and pregnancies of children in our state's foster care system."
June 23, 2006
Frew v. Hawkins and HSC
As a participant in the Medicaid program, Texas must meet certain federal requirements, including that it have an Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program for children.
The petitioners, mothers of children eligible for EPSDT services in Texas, sought injunctive relief against state agencies and various state officials, claiming that the Texas program did not meet federal requirements.
January 14, 2004
Mom Jailed for Protecting Kids from Convicted Sex-Offender
A Northern California woman who ignored court orders and fled to Texas with her two young daughters to keep them away from her ex-husband, a convicted sex offender, was sentenced Jan. 11 to a year in jail, the Associated Press reported.
Debra Schmidt, who was convicted in December of felony child abduction, has been ordered to return the children to California. She was also sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay more than $44,000 in fines and attorney's fees to the children's father, Manuel Saavedra, who has had a variety
National Organization for Women
January 15, 2002
CPS: Protecting Children or Destroying Families?
Robin Cash is on a mission: to win a battle against the state's Child Protective Services arm of the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.
The department, she charges, is doing more harm than good to Texas families and their children. To Cash, those abuses include under-trained caseworkers, caseworkers lying in court documents, kids being sent to unqualified therapists, and parents who are railroaded into relinquishing their parental rights.
The Austin Chronicle (TX)
December 28, 2001
Two-year-old dies in foster care
A foster parent in Milam County is in jail charged with murder after the two-year-old girl she was taking care of died in her custody.
According to Rockdale police, emergency crews responded to Sherill Small's home in Rockdale when they received a 9-1-1 call on Monday evening stating that a child was not breathing and unresponsive. The child, Alexandria Hill, was flown to Scott and White McLane Children's Hospital in Temple where she was placed on life support.
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