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Georgia CPS News Archive

Georgia News Coverage

by Bulloch County Sheriff

On 5/20/11 staff members at Smiles, Giggles, and Hugs Daycare on Joe Kennedy Blvd noticed what appeared to be visible bodily injuries to a five year old child who attended the facility.

As mandated reporters, staff members contacted D.F.A.C.S. in regards to the injuries. The D.F.A.C.S. case worker arrived on scene and then contacted Bulloch County Sheriff's Office for assistance in working the case.

May 25, 2011

by Kimathi Lewis

Perhaps the most disturbing thing isn't that a man of about 50 years old raped and molested a 5-year-old girl - it's that the girl's mother saw the assault and spanked the child.

It took three trials to finally convict the woman's boyfriend, Mr. Warren Fambro, and on Thursday a Fulton County judge sentenced the 57-year-old to life, according to the district attorney's office. The incident happened in 2004 when the young girl was left in the man's care, the district attorney's spokeswoman Ms. Yvette Brown said Friday.

April 2, 2011

by April Hunt

Giovan Bazan was 6 when a doctor first gave him medicine to treat his diagnosis of hyperactivity. Bazan admits he was unruly at the time. Perhaps it was because the only parent he had ever known, his foster mother since he was an infant, had just died.

No one asked about that. Nor did anyone check years later to see that he was on a double dose of Ritalin when another physician, seeing a boy so mellowed out that he barely reacted, prescribed an antidepressant. "They start you on one thing for a problem, then the side effects mean you need a new medicine," Bazan said. "As a foster kid, I'd go between all these doctors, caseworkers, therapists, and [it] seemed like every time there was a new drug to try me on." When he turned 18, Bazan elected to stop all medications. It turned out he didn't need any of them.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

February 20, 2011

by Political Insider: Jim Galloway

Oh, where, oh, where, to begin. The Judicial Qualifications Commission today lodged a complaint with the state Supreme Court against Judge Anthony Peters, a Catoosa County magistrate.

Among the allegations against the north Georgia judge: - He admitted to smoking marijuana for three months in 2010. - Peters went on the local cable TV show, called "Night Talk," and referred to the chief magistrate as "spineless." - On the same TV show, he displayed a photo of an individual and identified him by name as "a purported confidential informant of the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office."

February 8, 2011

DOUGHERTY COUNTY - Killer bees are now in Georgia. Tests confirm Africanized honeybees attacked and killed a Dougherty County man last week.

"Obviously we think they came up from Florida, but the Africanized bee and the regular honey bee are very similar about the only way to do any positive ID is through DNA," said Bee Keeper Dale Richter. Tests came back positive.

WLBT News 3

October 23, 2010

by Lydia Senn

Farrah Martin remembers Sha'Niya H. Moses as a sweet, happy baby who rarely cried and loved music.

Martin and her husband, Jeremy, became the baby's foster parents a week after she was born. They were still her foster parents when she died in 2005 at 3 months old. The Martins said they were making plans to adopt her. At the time of the baby's death, she was in the care of her biological mother, Shamekia Byars, during a court-ordered visitation.

Rome News-Tribune

September 21, 2010

Charges against an Augusta stepfather have been upgraded to murder after his 2-year-old step-son died Wednesday, according to Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles.

Charges against an Augusta stepfather have been upgraded to murder after his 2-year-old step-son died Wednesday, according to Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles. Darian Xavier Thomas, 20, of the 3500 block of Shadybrook Drive, has been held on charges of cruelty of children in the first degree since Aug. 19. Keontrez Demitrius Sherman was admitted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Aug. 18 after Thomas called 911 reporting the boy was unresponsive.

The Augusta Chronicle

August 26, 2010

by Jana Brown

A 27 year old Lakewood woman has been sentenced to a mere three years in prison for shaking her new born baby to death.

It is estimated that as many as 1,400 children die from Shaken Baby Syndrome each year in the United States alone. Shaking a baby is considered more dangerous than striking, because of their weak neck muscles, a large head in proportion to their body, and a brain that has not yet developed myelin, a protective, toughening layer of protein, thus making them more vulnerable to injury from being shaken.

Atlantic City Crime Examiner

August 26, 2010

by Amy Hatch

Think twice before you give your child that candy bar or cookie -- some are saying obese kids have abusive parents.

Two extremely obese Georgia children who were removed from their home last week have some people saying their weight is a form of child abuse, but experts disagree.

Parent Dish

August 23, 2010

by Ben Raines

The worst-case scenario for the broken and leaking well gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico would be the loss of the wellhead currently restricting the flow to 5,000 barrels -- or 210,000 gallons per day.

If the wellhead is lost, oil could leave the well at a much greater rate, perhaps up to 150,000 barrels -- or more than 6 million gallons per day -- based on government data showing daily production at another deepwater Gulf well.


April 30, 2010

by Ginnie Graham

Oklahoma has been as resistant as any state that Children's Rights has sued over child welfare concerns, the group's founder says.

Children's Rights began as a project of the New York Civil Liberties Union and later the American Civil Liberties Union. It became an independent nonprofit in 1995. The group has filed lawsuits against child welfare systems in Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

Tulsa World

April 28, 2010

by Stephen Gurr

Hall County's office for the state Division of Family and Children Services is about 30 percent smaller than it was two years ago, with fewer case managers, supervisors and fewer total positions.

As of last week Hall County child protective services had 416 active cases. Georgia has diverted close to half of the neglect cases which in the past would have resulted in children being placed in foster care. By placing children temporarily with other relatives or friends until an investigation is completed and a case is resolved, DFCS has seen a decrease of about 40 percent in the number of children in foster care, Carter said.

Gainesville Times

April 18, 2010

by Alan Judd

Georgia officials decided last year that a rules violation by a private foster care agency was so egregious it warranted one of the toughest possible penalties.

The newspaper reviewed more than 1,500 reports of state inspections and investigations, which provide an astonishing narrative of stark conditions and inadequate oversight in small foster homes and large group facilities alike.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

April 18, 2010

by Richard Wexlar

The group that so arrogantly calls itself "Children's Rights" has filed another one of its Mclawsuits against a state child welfare agency - this time in Massachusetts. And NCCPR's sources say that another such Mclawsuit, in Texas, is imminent.

Meanwhile a group which is unaffiliated with CR but has the same myopic outlook about how to fix child welfare systems, the National Center for Youth Law, has filed the same kind of suit in Nevada. All of these child welfare systems almost certainly are every bit as bad as CR and NCYL say they are.

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

April 15, 2010

by Mashaun D. Simon and Aaron Gould Sheinin

Conservative political activist and former state Sen. Nancy Schaefer and her husband Bruce have died of an apparent murder-suicide.

Few details were available Saturday, the day after the couple's bodies were found. It could be weeks before autopsy results are available, Habersham county Coroner Kasey McEntire told the AJC Saturday.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

March 27, 2010

Lewis County deputies said a high school Spanish teacher was part of one of the county's most elaborate pot-growing operations.

More than 700 marijuana plants were found in the basement of the Glenn Larson's home in the 100 block of Davis Hill Road in Centralia. Larson, 41, pleaded not guilty to manufacturing marijuana, theft and leading organized crime. A spokesperson said the teacher also worked as a student advisor and coached the girl's bowling team.

WALB News 10

February 15, 2010

by Mark Berman

Every parent has their own style of disciplining their child. None is right or wrong. But we can probably all agree the alleged actions of a Georgia mother are just plain wrong.

According to a report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the 12-year-old boy came home with a bad grade last week. Police say as punishment, Lynn Middlebrooks Geter handed the boy a hammer, and told him to kill the hamster.

Opposing Views

January 25, 2010

by Craig Schneider

Foster children in Fulton and DeKalb counties are experiencing a "high" rate of abuse and neglect while in state care, according to a report by federal monitors of these child welfare systems.

The report for the first six months of 2009 found that 25 of the 2,348 children in those foster care systems were abused or neglected while in the care of the state. The report emphasized that the two child welfare systems, overseen by the state Division of Family and Children Services, have "no higher obligation" than to ensure the safety of these children.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 24, 2010

by Craig Schneider

The Georgia Child Advocate said he is concerned some state caseworkers are not adequately investigating complaints of child abuse and neglect, placing children at risk of injury and even death.

Child Advocate Tom Rawlings said some caseworkers have told his office that they believe the agency is pressuring them to keep down their number of formal investigations by shifting families to community services such as counseling.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

December 29, 2009

by Joe Gould

When Spc. Alexis Hutchinson's airplane left Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., for Afghanistan on Nov. 5, she was not on board.

The 21-year-old single mom stayed home because she had no one to care for her 10-month-old son. Her mother in Oakland, Calif., initially took the boy in but became "overwhelmed" and refused to keep him for the deployment. Hutchinson, an Army cook assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, was arrested the day after she skipped her flight. She is confined to Fort Stewart, Ga., hoping for a discharge instead of a court-martial.

Army Times

November 28, 2009

America is poised to adopt the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). We must strongly oppose the CRC and get the Parental Rights Amendment passed to prevent its ratification by the United States.

We must strongly oppose the CRC and get the Parental Rights Amendment passed to prevent its ratification by the United States.

The Camden County Tribune and Georgian

October 14, 2009

by Jessica Hawley-Jerome

A mother accused of depraved indifference for the welfare of her young child has stepped out from behind the curtain with her side of the story, proving there are always two sides to consider.

Franki Hill was arrested two weeks ago after authorities deduced that she not only requested her boyfriend physically discipline her 6-year-old son, but stood by and watched while things grew out of control. Now out on bail and working with Child Protective Services to regain custody of her boy, Hill said it's not all that it seems.

The Bandera Bulletin

October 13, 2009

by Carrie Teegardin

The on-campus credit card gantlet, characterized by free pizzas and T-shirts for every completed application, is enjoying its last hurrah before a new federal law kicks in next year.

Walker grew up in foster care in California and was living on her own, working and going to college part-time. It didn't take long to amass $30,000 in debt on her credit cards and car loan. "I went from one credit card to the next, thinking I can manage my money and survive," she said.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 5, 2009

by Danielle Bailey

Earlier this year the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia granted permission for state colleges and universities to accept applications for joint enrollment from independent homeschool students.

This change was not a mandate. Each institution must take action to change its own admission policy to allow independent homeschool students to apply. Georgia Tech is one of the institutions that does not permit independent homeschool students to apply for joint enrollment. We have learned that they will be examining their admissions policy this month.

Atlanta Northside Parenting Examiner

September 2, 2009

by Laura Diamond

Georgia Institute of Technology officials suspended an associate professor Friday for allegedly using his computer for "illicit activities."

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating professor Faiz Al-Khayyal, university spokesman Matt Nagel said. Channel 2 reported GBI confiscated Al-Khayyal's computer, looking for evidence that he downloaded child pornography.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 7, 2009

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