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Two officials resign from Dept. of Family and Protective Services
Paul Morris, the Assistant Commissioner for Child Care Licensing has announced he will be ending his time at the program this month. Additionally, the Director of Child Protective Services, Colleen McCall, is also resigning.
In his resignation letter, Morris said he is taking a new position as a consultant for emergency responders and the business community. Morris' last day with CPS will be April 30. During his time with CPS, Morris helped with national searches into illegal operations. He thanked the team of professionals he worked with during his three year career with CPS.
April 12, 2016
Child Protective Services questioned after UT homicide
One week ago Haruka Weiser disappeared. The 18-year-old Fine Arts major at UT never made it back to her dorm after leaving from class. Police found her body Tuesday morning on campus along Waller Creek.
Thursday officers arrested her accused killer,17-year-old Meechaiel Criner. We do not know when he'll be appearing in court as there are no pre-trial hearings on the calendar. We have learned his defense attorney is Ariel Payan. He's represented two high profile capital murder suspects in the past - Mark Norwood and Brandon Daniel. Payan couldn't tell us much this weekend when we talked to him. He said he has not met with Criner enough to release a statement. But we have heard from Criner's grandmother and his sister.
April 10, 2016
Toddler who died was in midst of getting 6 cavities filled
Parents of a toddler who died earlier this week while at the dentist said they are still in shock. All that was supposed to happen was routine. Daisy Lynn Torres needed to have two cavities filled, Betty Squier and Elizandro Torres said Thursday.
Because Daisy was 14 months old, a dentist at Austin Children's Dentistry was using general anesthesia. "They told me to sit down with her so they could put her under, and they told me to leave the room," Squier said. "So I left the room." After Daisy was anesthetized, Squier said the dentist, whom she did not identify, told her that her daughter needed additional dental work.
April 5, 2016
Death Panels: Texas Hospice Owner Tells Nurses to Overdose Patients to Speed Death
FBI reports a hospice owner in Frisco, Texas directed nurses to overdose patients to make them die quicker.
An FBI agent is reporting that Brad Harris, owner of Novus Health Care Services Inc. in Frisco, Texas "regularly directed nurses to overdose hospice patients with drugs such as morphine to speed up their deaths and maximize profits." According to the agent's affidavit, text messages were sent to nurses saying, "You need to make this patient go bye-bye."
March 31, 2016
Mother of kidnapped child arrested
The mother of the child kidnapped from an Odessa Child Protective Services office on Wednesday is now behind bars along with the child's father.
Shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday, Joshua Quijano, 22, fled from the CPS office in Odessa with his 2-year old son. The 2-year old had been removed from the home due to family violence and narcotics use. Quijano was only allowed supervised visits.
March 31, 2016
Children's Hope Residential Services campuses shut down
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services shut down two campuses run by Children's Hope Residential Services on Monday.
The state is investigating campuses at 2402 Canyon Lake Drive in Lubbock and 500 West Avenue in Levelland for multiple compliance violations. Children's Hope CEO James Aldrich said they worked with the department to move the children by bus to "home-type living" while the investigation is underway.
February 2, 2016
State briefs: Texas to appeal federal foster care overhaul ruling
The state of Texas plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling that the state's foster care system for nearly 30,000 children is unconstitutionally broken.
Attorney General Ken Paxton's office last week filed a notice of appeal and asked the judge to delay her ruling so it could present its case before a higher court.
January 10, 2016
Custody of burned child's siblings to be decided
As the parents of a 1-year-old girl who died last month in an oven await possible child endangerment charges, family members, prosecutors and attorneys agreed on how to determine custody and immediate care for the mother's other three children.
As part of the agreement on Wednesday, authorities will conduct home studies for many of the children's relatives, including grandparents and the father of a 5-year-old, to determine where it is safe for the youngsters to live.
December 3, 2015
Missing Children in Hill County Found, Turned Over to CPS
Two Hill County children who were the subject of an Amber Alert last month are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.
The Amber Alert was issued for 5-year-old Lulamae Ann King and 6-year-old Deondre King after authorities said the children were taken by their mother and believed to be headed to Oklahoma. The alert was later discontinued due to a lack of information.
December 3, 2015
Records show CPS involved in case 17 months before Lufkin child'
A Child Protective Services spokeswoman said Thursday that the 21-month-old son of Claudia Morales was initially taken from her custody during an investigation into his welfare, but he was returned to her care before he died on July 3.
According to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, ACSO detectives arrested Claudia Morales, 25, of Nacogdoches, on three felony counts of injury to a child and a felony count of manslaughter. Collectively, her bail amount has been set at $160,000. The arrest was made after an Angelina County jury indicted Morales on the charges on Nov. 24. The indictments were connection to the death of her son, Gitgley Mederamo. On July 3, ACSO deputies responded to Morales' home off of FM 2251 and started the investigation. The child was pronounced dead later that night at CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial in Lufkin.
December 3, 2015
Baby dies after siblings put her in oven, turn it on
An absolutely awful story out of Houston, where police say four children were left alone Monday night and their mother came home to find one of them dead.
The two 3-year-old siblings of the 19-month-old little girl who died, J'Zyra Thompson, told authorities that one of them put the baby in the oven and the other one turned it on and made it "hot," ABC 13 reports.
November 21, 2015
Texas and region
A Houston woman who operated a foster care and child placement agency has been accused of adoption fraud. Simone Swenson was arrested Friday after being indicted by a federal grand jury in Houston.
Prosecutors said Sans Pareil defrauded couples seeking to adopt by promising the same baby to multiple families. The agency's license was revoked in 2012 after regulators discovered money intended for foster families was used for mortgage payments and for visits to a nail salon.
August 1, 2015
Man gets 30 years in plea deal for Cedar Park baby's death
The man accused of killing an 11-month-old in a Cedar Park foster home where they lived accepted a plea deal of 30 years in prison.
According to KVUE's partners at the Austin American-Statesman, Jacob Salas, 34, pleaded guilty to injury of a child in a Williamson County courtroom Thursday. He will receive credit for the more than 20 months he has already served in jail. Salas had been indicted on a charge of capital murder of a child under 10 years old.
July 2, 2015
Buddy Cook's parents cleared over his 2013 death in Texas
Two parents who were wrongfully accused in the death of their adopted son claim their biological children were physically abused in the care of their foster families while they were protesting their innocence.
Angel Cook, 37, and her husband David, 48, were charged in May 2013 with felony injury to a child after their four-year-old son, Buddy, was discovered dead in his bedroom at their Texas home. At the time, they were accused of neglecting and starving the youngster. However, the charges against the couple were dismissed last December after new witnesses and evidence emerged.
June 29, 2015
Texas Attorney General Issues Stunning Order to Fight Back Against Supreme Court
In a stunning move, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton bucked the Supreme Court and declared that county clerks have the right to refuse to perform a same-sex marriage if they have a religious objection to doing so.
This legal opinion comes after the Supreme Court controverted the decisions of a majority of state governments and their citizens and imposed gay marriage on the entire country, offering little to no protection to Christians and others who may have sincere, faith-based objections to the practice.
June 26, 2015
Bill to protect child victims of trafficking signed into law
Governor Abbott signed House Bill 418, authored by Representative Gene Wu (D-Houston), into law on Tuesday. Representative Wu authored the bill to help rescue children who are victims of human trafficking or sex trafficking.
Effective September 1, 2015, House Bill 418 will allow law enforcement and Child Protective Services (CPS) to immediately take suspected child victims of trafficking into protective custody and place them into care. "This law will provide real protection for child victims of trafficking," said Wu. "Police officers will now have the ability to place child victims in protective custody-instead of trying to find ways to arrest or confine victims in order to protect them."
June 11, 2015
CPS takes custody of 19-month-old accuses parents of medical neglect
"It's just painful it makes no sense," says Olubunmi Giwa.The Giwa's are not the kind of parents who come to mind when you think Child Protective Services.
This medical document lists his diagnosis as "failure to thrive lack of normal physiological development." The reason? The document states, "unspecified." "It hurts knowing he's that way if we could fix it we would," Giwa says. "We've done therapy we've seen a lot of doctors."
May 5, 2015
Texas Takes on Agenda 21
Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) and Rep. Molly White (R-Belton) have filed identical bills taking aim at Agenda 21, a nonbinding United Nations resolution.
In addition to promoting environmental conservation, Agenda 21 aims to combat poverty and promote public health. Like many U.N. initiatives, it contains lots of high-minded ideas, but not much in the way of an enforceable plan of action. But according to a growing number of Texans, Agenda 21 represents something more sinister: a plan for U.N. global domination via a Soviet-style world government.
April 17, 2015
Deaths of 3 children draw foster care scrutiny from Abbott :: WRAL.com
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is putting more scrutiny on the troubled Texas foster care system following the deaths of three children this year who were under state supervision.
Abbott on Wednesday ordered the Department of Family and Protective Services to enforce face-to-face visits between caseworkers and children and develop new screening methods for foster placement. Read more at http://www.wral.com/deaths-of-3-children-draw-foster-care-scrutiny-from-abbott/14538813/#ZLoerqbcxiIzvQpg.99
March 25, 2015
CPS kidnaps sick infant after doctors injected her with dangerous vaccine against parents' wishes
The time may be now to hold an official funeral for the death of freedom in the U.S., as "Child Protective Services" has reportedly kidnapped yet another young child from her parents.
Four-month-old Kathryn Blalock of Lubbock, Texas, is currently being held at UMC Children's Hospital in Lubbock by CPS workers who plucked her from her mother's arms just days after hospital workers injected the young girl with a hepatitis B vaccine against her family's wishes.
March 7, 2015
10-day-old baby taken by CPS, lawsuit filed
The League of United Latin American Citizens filed a federal lawsuit on Feb. 6 against Child Protective Services, alleging the department abused its power.
LULAC said that CPS took a 10-day-old baby away from its mother because of alleged drug use. The woman and baby did not test positive for drugs, but CPS still took the baby away.
March 7, 2015
Texas Rushes to Medical Tyranny: 9 Bills on Vaccine Coercion Proposed!
They say "Everything's bigger in Texas." It appears that Texas wants the biggest and most intrusive mandatory vaccination policies in the U.S. as well, as no less than NINE bills are currently being considered in Texas for forced and coerced vaccinations.
If you live in Texas and do NOT believe that one of the things that should be "bigger in Texas" is GOVERNMENT intrusion into your private lives, then you better high tail it over to Austin this week and let lawmakers know! Lawmakers in Texas want to force EVERYONE to register with the State and declare their vaccine status!
March 2, 2015
Welch: Chick-fil-A adds food trailer | Amarillo Globe-News
In the north part of Amarillo with a Chick-fil-A craving and no time for a crosstown dash to satisfy it? The Chick-fil-A on Georgia Street can help with that.
The store has worked out a deal to serve lunch from its food trailer on the parking lot of Donut Stop at 515 E. Amarillo Blvd. as part of a push to meet a year-end sales goal. The menu offers the basics - a Chick-fil-A sandwich, regular or spicy, plus waffle potato fries, warm chocolate chunk cookies and beverages, General Manager Ben Word said.
November 22, 2014
CPS arrest: Klapheke family happy 'somebody else ... taking some blame'
Tiffany Klapheke's adoptive father on Sunday said he's "happy to see that somebody else is gonna start taking some blame" in the highly publicized 2012 Klapheke child death case.
Tiffany Klapheke, in February, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for her role in her 22-month-old daughter's death from severe neglect. According to jail records, Whitaker was charged with tampering with physical evidence on Aug. 29, 2012 - one day after Klapheke's daughter Tamryn was found unresponsive in her Dyess Air Force Base home.
July 29, 2014
After Drowning, State Halts Foster Care Placements With Contractor
Following the drowning of two foster children in Lake Georgetown on Sunday, the Department of Family and Protective Services has placed a temporary hold on foster care placements by a state contractor that was responsible for overseeing.
DFPS said on Monday that placements of foster care children with Providence Service Corporation have been temporarily suspended pending an investigation into the death of a 4-year-old boy and his 6-year-old sister, who had been placed in a Cedar Park foster home. Officials with Providence could not immediately be reached for comment.
July 7, 2014
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