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Newborn Baby Kidnapped from Alabama Hospital After Parents Decline Birth Certificate and SSN
Theirs was a spiritual journey of getting back to nature and rejecting the materialism that they felt held them in bondage. Christian and Danielle Holm began their journey together in early 2016 as itinerant missionaries, traveling across the country.
The last thing that they expected was for Child Protective Services to seize their 1 day old baby literally off of his mother's breast in an Alabama hospital. What started out as an apparent case of mistaken identity has turned into a nightmare that the family cannot wake up from. They don't understand why their baby was taken from them, or why he still remains in state custody in foster care while social workers continue to challenge their religious beliefs.
December 4, 2016
'Spiritual' couple say their infant was taken away by DHR
Danielle Holm, 32, sat on a bench Wednesday afternoon outside the Cheaha Restaurant taking in the horizon where the mountain drops sharply down to Cheaha Lake.
Just out of Regional Medical Center, Danielle has a belly still swollen from a pregnancy that ended Monday with the birth of a healthy baby boy. Her arms, however, are empty. Her son was taken from her the day after he was born and is in the custody of the Cleburne County Department of Human Resources pending a hearing at Cleburne County Courthouse this morning.
December 4, 2016
Missing Alabama children found safe in Lafayette, grandmother in custody
Two children who were reported missing in Alabama are now safe after being found in Lafayette.
Thirteen-year-old Jayden Scearcy and 4-year-old Jesse Reed were found in the 1000 block of 11th Street Saturday afternoon. The children were reported missing from their home in Anniston, Alabama, Tuesday. The children's grandmother, 56-year-old Donna Scearcy, was arrested by Lafayette police on a warrant for kidnapping.
November 6, 2016
Alabama Child Protective Services Steals New-born Breast-feeding Baby from Rape Victim While Still at the Hospital
Baby Braelon has a high fever and was throwing up and his mother had to BEG the workers at her group home to take the baby to the local hospital first and then he was transferred around midnight last night to Children's Hospital because of the severity.
The negligence on the part of a group that is supposed to protect children is outrageous! Even though the baby had a dr's appt the day after he was discharged from the hospital it wasn't til TEN DAYS LATER that they took the baby to be checked!!
September 18, 2016
Police Officer Comforts One-Month-Old Whose Parents Overdosed
A touching photo of an Alabama police officer comforting a one-month-old after her parents overdosed on drugs is capturing the hearts of many on the Internet.
Birmingham South Precinct police officers responded to the scene only to find the mother and father of four young children unresponsive because of an overdose of drugs, according to AL.com.
September 18, 2016
June sentencing date set for Alabama man whose capital case changed way teens are sentenced
A Lawrence County man whose murder case in 2012 helped end automatic life sentences for juvenile offenders across the country will be re-sentenced this summer for the killing that put him in prison at 14 years old.
Lawrence County Circuit Judge Mark Craig on Wednesday set a June 29 sentencing hearing for Evan Miller, now 27, who was convicted of capital murder in the 2003 killing of his neighbor, Cole Cannon.
April 2, 2016
New ministry helps put clothes on foster children at placement
A local church is working to make the transition of getting foster children a little easier on foster parents, and they are asking for the community to step up and help as well.
Lesa Syler, Covington County Department of Human Resources Director, said that she was initially approached by Rex Jones about establishing a closet. Amy Jones of Central Church of Christ, said that Syler and Charles Willis, president of the Foster Parents Association, came and presented the partnership to the church.
April 2, 2016
Tuberculosis kills 3, sickens 26 in Alabama
A tuberculosis outbreak in western Alabama has killed three adults, the state department of public health confirmed on Thursday. Since January 2014, 26 patients were diagnosed, four of which are children.
The infection rate in the town of Marion is greater than those in many third world countries, public health officials said. "This is a case rate of 253 per 100,000 population in the town of Marion. This far exceeds the TB case rate of 2.5 per 100,000 in the whole state of Alabama in 2015," the department stated in a media release.
January 8, 2016
Controversies - New Mothers Tested for Drugs without their Consent by Some Alabama Hospitals
Having a baby in some Alabama hospitals can mean getting tested for drugs without a woman's consent-and winding up in jail for a positive result.
A woman who tests positive for drugs in a hospital can be arrested. For just exposing their baby to drugs, the mother can receive a prison sentence of one to 10 years. If the baby shows signs of exposure or harm, the mom can go prison for 10 to 20 years. If the baby dies, the sentence can go up to 99 years.
October 2, 2015
New Alabama Law Will Allow Children To Have Handguns
Alabama already has one of the loosest gun restrictions in the country, but lawmakers felt there was one area that Alabamans were still be oppressed: Kids couldn't legally carry around handguns.
To rectify this gap in the unstated "guns for everyone" mentality of Alabama's Republican-led legislature, lawmakers have proposed an amendment to the state's gun laws that would allow minors to acquire their very own pistols. At the moment, the law is on a bit more even keel, stipulating that "no person shall deliver a pistol to any person under the age of 18." Lawmakers want that changed to allow minors to have pistols, but only if they get the permission of a "parent, guardian, or spouse who is 18 or older.
June 23, 2015
Teen in foster care wins Miss Alabama pageant-and a new family
A high school foster youth pulled off a surprise win at Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen Pageant earlier this month.
She not only won her first-ever pageant, but preparations for the event led her to a family who decided to take her in. Kaitlynn Campbell, 17, attends Hayden High School in the small town of Hayden, Ala., located 30 miles north of Birmingham.
April 17, 2015
Homeschooler Denied Cosmetology School Admission
A couple of weeks ago, a graduate of a church school's home instruction program asked Home School Legal Defense Association to intervene when she was denied admission to the cosmetology program of the Paul Mitchell School in Huntsville.
The admissions official was insisting that the applicant provide verification that the church school from which she graduated was approved by the Alabama Department of Education.
January 26, 2015
Former DHR case worker forced sex acts 'in return for not taking her kids,' woman claims in lawsuit
A former Department of Human Resources case worker who faces criminal charges in a sexual assault investigation has now been named by the alleged victim in a civil lawsuit.
Brandon Howard Daniel, 29, was arrested last August and charged with soliciting for the purpose of influencing official action, indecent exposure, harassment and theft of property. He is out on bond on the charges.
August 26, 2014
Father charged with domestic violence assault against 1-month-old
A father of a one-month-old baby has been jailed on child abuse charges after the infant was hospitalized with severe head trauma.
The Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit says officers responded to Northport-DCH on May 7 after getting a report on the injured child from hospital staff. The baby was transported to Children's of Alabama with life-threatening injuries. The child had suffered multiple skull fractures and other injuries.
June 6, 2014
Opposition To "Tebow Bill" By Some Educators
Some area principals and superintendents are expressing their opposition to a bill that would let homeschool athletes compete for their local public high school.
HB 503, better known as the "Tim Tebow Act", has already been approved by a committee at the Alabama House and now awaits a vote on the floor. HB 503 is named after former Florida quarterback and Heisman Winner Tim Tebow, who famously led his high school to a state championship during his senior year while being homeschooled. 29 other states already have similar versions of the Tebow Act, but not Alabama.
March 17, 2014
Muscle Shoals children's minister charged with child sex abuse once worked at juvenile detention center
A youth pastor arrested Tuesday on 35 counts of child pornography and sex abuse has been on the staff of Highland Park Baptist for 16 years and formerly served as a juvenile detention officer in Tuscumbia.
Jeff Eddie, who was charged with two counts of child pornography, 31 counts of second-degree sodomy, and three counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, lists the Tennessee Valley Juvenile Detention Facility as a former employer on his webpage.
February 10, 2014
Legal services for the poor face sharp cuts in Alabama
The cuts to legal services have been felt statewide, said James Fry, executive director of Legal Services Alabama, which handled 13,000 cases last year. Fry said dating back to 2010 their budget has been cut from $10 million to $6 million.
The lawyers work focuses on basic needs cases, Rawls said, aimed at helping maintain family stability. That covers a wide array of cases including family law -- custody, child support, protection from abuse and divorce - veterans issues, consumer credit, and housing. But the local group and similar efforts across the country are facing funding cuts by Congress.
November 22, 2013
Alabama Elementary School Wants Permission to Beat Your Kids
Parents won't and can't discipline their children with physical force because it's frowned upon and grounds for a visit from child protective services.
So a school in Alabama has taken the initiative to do it instead. Yep, you read right. Wendy Chandler, an Alabama mother, was outraged and baffled when she received a "corporal punishment consent form" from Leeds City Schools in her daughter's back-to-school packet asking permission to "administer physical force as a form of discipline on her child." Even worse? It's opt out, not opt in.
September 20, 2013
Ex-Shelby Co. DHR employee charged in connection to sex crime
A Shelby County DHR employee and former Birmingham police officer has been charged in connection to an ongoing sex crimes investigation involving a DHR client, authorities said Thursday.
Brandon Howard Daniel, a 29-year-old man from Pelham, is charged with indecent exposure, soliciting for purpose of influencing official action, harassment and theft of property. "The investigation is still ongoing and additional charges may be pending," Alabaster police chief Curtis Rigney said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.
August 22, 2013
Former DHR worker charged with sex crime
Alabaster police say 29-year-old Brandon Howard Daniel, a case worker with the Shelby County Department of Human Resources, allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with a female client during a home visit.
"It's a serious crime, very unfortunate that somebody who allegedly committed this crime is an employee in this stature where they are supposed to be helping the public and instead they hurt," said Curtis Rigney, Chief of Police for the Alabaster Police Department.
August 22, 2013
Toney man gets 40-year prison sentence in child sex abuse case
A Toney man was sentenced today to 40 years in prison after his conviction in October 2012 on child sexual abuse charges.
Mason was convicted on four counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12. The victims in the case were the daughters of a close family friend of Mason and his family, according to trial testimony.
April 9, 2013
College scholarships for foster care students
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - There's a new partnership between the University of Alabama, University of North Alabama and the UMCH that could give more students a chance at a college education.
The United Methodist Children's Home is providing an opportunity for young people using its existing Tuscaloosa and Florence group homes starting in fall of 2013. The UMCH is offering scholarships and housing opportunities to foster children attending college.
February 28, 2013
World of Coca Cola Homeschool Day Dec. 6
The Georgia Aquarium is hosting an instructor-led education program for homeschoolers Dec. 6 (which is sold out) however In conjunction with that program, the World of Coca-Cola is offering homeschool discount rates all day (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
The World of Coca-Cola discounts are: - The $10 school group rate for youth ages 3-12 will be extended to all students up to 12th grade/age 18 (normally $15). - The World of Coca-Cola also is offering one free adult chaperone ticket for every two students (maximum of five free tickets per group). Additional adults will receive the $15 adult school group rate.
December 3, 2012
Voters in Six States Approve Measures Nullifying Federal Acts
Of those 72 hours of election coverage not one minute was devoted to reporting the results of several ballot initiatives nullifying unconstitutional acts of Congress.
Massachusetts: A substantial majority of voters (64 percent) in the Bay State voted in favor of a law "eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana, allowing patients meeting certain conditions to obtain marijuana produced and distributed by new state-regulated centers or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their own use."
November 8, 2012
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DHR Charged With Medical Neglect
Alabama Department of Human Services in violation of court order, charged with Medical Neglect and Parental Interference. This is the sworn affidavit of Jeanne M. Wonders-Kritner, filed with the court on behalf of her children.
June 24, 2012