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Indiana CPS News Archive

Indiana News Coverage

by Marisa Kwiatkowski

INDIANAPOLIS - the General Assembly's interim study committee on the Indiana Department of Child Services will convene the first in a series of meetings to discuss the state agency's policies and procedures.

DCS has faced heavy criticism from legislators and child advocates throughout the state over the deaths of several Indiana children whose families had prior contact with DCS. They also have challenged the operation of DCS' centralized abuse and neglect hotline.

August 12, 2012

FORT WAYNE -- Indiana's Department of Child Services on Wednesday blamed a combination of low pay and job stress stemming from media coverage of the agency for an increasing turnover rate among child caseworkers.

DCS Chief of Staff John Ryan accused Indiana media outlets of singling out caseworkers for criticism, though he didn't provide examples. Scrutiny of the department has grown in the last year as newspaper investigations have detailed numerous child deaths.

August 9, 2012

by Evansville Courier & Press and Evansville Courier & Press

EVANSVILLE - A 6-year-old boy said he heard a bullet "pass by his head" after his mother's boyfriend reportedly fired a gun at a car the child was in while the couple argued outside, according to an Evansville Police Department report.

According to a probable cause affidavit, 23-year-old Vashon D. Sherman faces preliminary charges of two counts of criminal recklessness, a class D felony, and possession of a handgun without a permit after Wednesday's incident.

August 9, 2012

by Patrick McCarthy

An important success story for Indiana's children is unfolding with little fanfare: The state's child welfare system -- deservedly criticized for poor results in years past -- has been retooled.

The new system is making real, measurable improvements for children and is on the verge of further advances that will help abused and neglected children recover, grow up in strong families, and become well-adjusted, productive members of the community. Once at or near the bottom of virtually every category of child service performance measures nationwide, Indiana now ranks near the top in several areas. Among the most important:

August 5, 2012

The signs are everywhere. Stores like Wal-Mart, Staples, and Best Buy boast colorful displays of binders, spiral-bound notebooks, glue sticks and crayons to herald the approaching school season. If you are a parent, you may be busy shopping...

Is this the year to make the switch from public school to homeschool? And if so, do you have what it takes to be successful? How do you know if you smart enough to homeschool your own kids? If you worry about whether or not you are smart enough to homeschool, you are not alone. Many parents, even ones who have been homeschooling for years, tend to doubt themselves from time to time. Homeschool critics have protested loudly that parents cannot effectively educate their own kids.

August 2, 2012

A Lawrence mother is in custody after leaving her children, who could not swim, unattended at a public swimming pool for over an hour.

Officers were dispatched to the Hunt Club Pool after receiving a call about two young children unattended at the pool. Witnesses say the mother of the children, Vonda Goodman, did not leave her van when she dropped her 9-year-old and 5-year-old children off at about 3:30 p.m. She then went to her brother's apartment so she could "get out of the heat."

July 16, 2012

by Dana Hunsinger Benbow

INDIANAPOLIS -- There's shower gel made from carrots. Egg-white protein powder. Diapers with no chlorine. Medjool dates and dried papaya.

This isn't some exotic, hippy supermarket au natural. This is Kroger, one of the largest mainstream grocers in the nation. There seems to be a race to pure foods among the nation's largest supermarkets as they ramp up their offerings, even launch their own brands of organics and naturals, and then heavily advertise the healthy choice. It all makes sense, considering sales of this segment of groceries are outpacing traditional grocery sales.

July 7, 2012

by Kayla Moody

A Gibson County couple is cleaning up its act after police say their home was unsanitary for children.

In December police arrested Joel and Laura Frederickson on felony neglect charges and turned over their children to child protective services. Police say they discovered the couple's three little girls were living in a home heavily infested with cockroaches.

June 16, 2012

Three children were removed from their home and their parents arrested after police said they were found living in deplorable conditions.

Police went into the living room and reportedly found an infant asleep in a swing and his 2-year-old brother asleep on the couch.

June 13, 2012

Three people were arrested Friday after police discovered a meth operation in a northeast Indiana motel room with two young children inside, 1 and 2 years old.

Warsaw Police said officers were called to the Days Inn at 2575 E. Center St. and could smell a strong odor coming from one of the rooms. When someone inside opened the door, police reported, officers could see the children and items used to make methamphetamine.

June 8, 2012

Registered sex offenders who have been banned from social networking websites are fighting back in the nation's courts, successfully challenging many of the restrictions as as infringements on free speech.

The legal battles pit public outrage over sex crimes against cherished guarantees of individual freedom and the far-reaching communication changes brought by Facebook, LinkedIn and dozens of other sites. After hearing challenges, federal judges in two states threw out laws or parts of laws that they deemed too stringent. In Nebraska, the decision allowed sex offenders to join social networks.

May 30, 2012

In my last post, I argued that if homeschool parents don't want to lose the right to homeschool, they need to keep turning out well-educated children who are academically comparable or even superior to their public-schooled peers.

I pointed out that if our scores start to slip, critics will gain a foothold and find ways to impose unwanted regulations on us. I was criticized resoundingly for saying this. "You don't respect our freedom!" I was told. "You are being judgmental! Homeschooling is about the freedom to raise our kids however God directs us, even if that doesn't turn out a product according to your standards!" Frankly, we don't have the freedom under the law to do whatever we want.

May 19, 2012

by Alex Brown

Metro Police have arrested a 21-year-old mother after she allegedly abandoned her two-month-old child.

Officers were called to the 400 block of North Kealing Avenue on the city's near east side on a report that a child had been left on the front porch of an unoccupied rental property. The landlord of the property found the child sitting in a car seat as he arrived to make repairs to the property. A diaper bag was left with the child and officers found information that identified the child's mother.

May 16, 2012

by Stephanie Rabiner, Esq.

Monday night was an unpleasant one for Aaron Stefanski and Jessica Clark of Fort Wayne, Ind. The pair was pulled over by a U.S Marshal who had noticed four kids strapped to the hood of their car.

Minutes before the arrest, a witness had called local police to report the couple. The witness had watched them strap the kids to the car while they were parked in a liquor store parking lot. Who would have guessed that Stefanski was drunk?

May 9, 2012

by Brooke

As a therapist I have had to educate several parents through the years that their "creative consequences" were not acceptable to the state agencies that regulate children's safety.

These agencies are called different things in different states, but Child Protective Services or Department of Child or Family Services. Just some of the punishments that are prohibited in Indiana include physical exercise or requiring to take an uncomfortable position. I suppose the military is all about push-ups and running with packs, but I was surprised to hear that Abercrombie & Fitch store managers in Milan were using similar techniques. The Italian labor union wasn't very impressed either.

March 10, 2012

A Spencer County, Ind., man was arrested Friday evening after Indiana State Police said he choked his teenage daughter and then shot at her boyfriend's pickup truck as they drove away.

Gerald Kline, 57, of Lamar, Ind., is facing preliminary charges of criminal recklessness with a firearm, domestic battery, criminal confinement, strangulation, battery with a deadly weapon and pointing a firearm.

March 3, 2012

A baby girl found alone in a field in Indiana after Friday's massive, tornado-spawning storms is being treated in a Kentucky hospital.

Richardson says the girl is in critical condition at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky. She says she can't release the name of the girl or her family.

March 3, 2012

by David MacAnally

Parents are defending a Fishers day care center where a worker was charged with battery.

The worker at Primrose Gray Eagle Preschool on Olio Road, 30-year-old Kristy Lopez was charged with battering a three-year-old. Police say Lopez slammed the child into the floor more than once, breaking a bone in the child's foot.

February 14, 2012

by Deanna Dewberry

A Fort Wayne girl is fighting for her life. She has an aggressive form of cancer that requires an equally aggressive approach to treatment. But this child is a ward of the state, and she said a secretive, bureaucratic system may be delaying her care.

Quinnasha is a fighter. Smart. Strong. Tough. Monday, she escaped the pain and uncertainty of fighting cancer by enjoying family fun at her favorite Fort Wayne bowling alley. And for a while she was able to forget about the cancer that stole her arm - forcing a dramatic amputation of her shoulder. It's the same cancer that now has returned to try to take her life.

February 14, 2012

by Virginia Black and Mary Kate Malone

A growing number of those involved in protecting Indiana's children are alarmed at the quiet revamping of the state's Department of Child Services - changes they say too often result in a reluctance to act appropriately on reports of abuse and neglect.

A Tribune investigation in the wake of the highly publicized beating death of 10-year-old Tramelle Sturgis in November and the deaths this year of several other Indiana children suggests that centralization, funding cuts and the mandated confidentiality of Child Protective Services is worrying social workers, doctors, program providers and even juvenile court judges.

February 5, 2012

PUTNAM COUNTY -- A man accused of molesting an 8-year-old female family member faced multiple felony charges in connection to the allegations, Indiana State Police said.

David Williams, 37, of Coatesville, was arrested Thursday and taken into custody at the Putnam County Jail on preliminary charges of child molestation, rape and incest, investigators said.

January 26, 2012

by Zach Myers

Frankfort police and child protective services were called to Green Meadows Intermediate School on Thursday after taking reports of a verbal and physical altercation between a 3rd grader and substitute gym teacher Steven Royer.

Details of the confrontation are still coming to light. But indications are that Royer was accused of kicking the 3rd grader during gym class. He was arrested there at the school and booked on two counts of battery.

January 16, 2012

by Adam Ziegler

Saint Mary's College students will be eating a lot healthier soon. The college has become the first in the country to endorse the "Real Food Commitment."

They'll "commit" to purchase at least 20 percent "real food" by 2020. It will also focus on helping students see their food as "food for thought."

November 8, 2011

Terry Sturgis, the 35-year-old father accused in the South Bend beating death of his son Friday, appeared in court Monday for arraignment.

Sturgis was charged with felony murder and two counts of battery in the death of 10-year-old Tramelle Sturgis. Tramelle Sturgis was found unconscious and not breathing after police were called to the 1100 block of West Washington Street about 4 a.m. Friday.

November 8, 2011

The deafening church bells rang loudly for more than 30 minutes straight as protesters across the street yelled in defiance.

The deafening church bells rang loudly for more than 30 minutes straight as protesters across the street yelled in defiance. Even 30 years later, York is still seething about her childhood years spent at the church, which just celebrated its 41st year in operation. The Bible must be coming in handy these days as the church comes under fire from dozens of former members and students claiming allegations of abuse, physical attacks, and over-the-top corporal punishment in the name of God.

October 15, 2011

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