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Indiana CPS News Archive

Indiana News Coverage

by Dustin Kass

LOGANSPORT - A Cass County Jail inmate denies trading his 4-month-old son for money and drugs, saying he and his wife turned the child over to another couple because they could not care for him.

"In no kind of way did we sell our baby. Not money, not drugs, nor a simple car have any part in the adoption process," Brandon Riggs wrote in a letter to the Pharos-Tribune. Police say Riggs and his wife, Anna Riggs, sold their son for $13,000, a car and drugs to Stephen P. Lynch Jr., and his wife, Melissa D. Lynch. All four were charged with Class A felony conspiracy to deal in a narcotic, as well as conspiracy to commit child selling and profiting from an adoption as D felonies.

October 15, 2011

by Kurt Repanshek

An Indiana man has been indicted on six counts alleging child abuse stemming from rim-to-river-to-rim hikes in Grand Canyon National Park with his three grandsons during some of the hottest days of the summer.

The indictment was returned against Christopher Carlson, 45, on September 20 by a grand jury seated in Phoenix, according to agents who investigated the case. It alleged that Mr. Carlson exposed his three young grandchildren to "circumstances likely to produce death or serious bodily injury." "The indictment alleges that Carlson took his three grandsons, ages 8, 9, and 12, on two separate hikes in the park in August when temperatures were in excess of 100 degrees.

October 12, 2011

by Automattic

Weeks after Indiana began the nation's broadest school voucher program, thousands of students have transferred from public to private schools, causing a spike in enrollment at some Catholic institutions.

It's a scenario public school advocates have long feared: Students fleeing local districts in large numbers, taking with them vital tax dollars that often end up at parochial schools. Opponents say the practice violates the separation of church and state.

August 29, 2011

by Niki Kelly

INDIANAPOLIS - The vast majority of Hoosier foster care parents will see a cut in their daily state payment under a new methodology announced Friday by the Indiana Department of Child Services.

The parents will, however, receive some additional allowances for birthdays, Christmas and school activities. The new methodology was the result of a federal lawsuit after DCS tried in 2009 to arbitrarily cut the rate 10 percent - from $25 a day to $22.50 - as a cost-saving measure.

August 19, 2011

by Michelle Davies

A Fort Wayne man accused of neglecting his 2-year-old daughter and a Chihuahua has struck a plea deal with prosecutors that calls for him to serve as much as a year behind bars and a year on probation.

The toddler was placed in her grandmother's care after Child Protective Services intervened. Meanwhile, the Chihuahua, once an emaciated 3 pounds, now weighs about 6 pounds and has a new home. Antonio R. Morales, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Allen Superior Court to felony neglect of a dependent, felony marijuana possession and misdemeanor animal cruelty. A fourth count of drug paraphernalia possession is to be dismissed.

August 18, 2011

by Geoff Herbert

A 21-year-old Indiana man has been arrested for soliciting sex from a 12-year-old girl and sending graphic photos via text message.

Police say the child received a random text from the man and showed it to her mother, who then proceeded to pretend to be her daughter and continued communicating with Yoder. He sent nude photos and then arranged for them to meet at the Takehome Restaurant in Milroy, Indiana.

July 14, 2011

by Heather MacWilliams

A man was arrested Monday after police said he left his three-year-old son locked inside of a car while at a strip club.

The father, 33-year-old Thomas Yates of Greenwood, told police he came to the club simply to give his friend a ride home. Surveillance video showed a much different story, though. When officers began to arrest Yates, they said he put up a violent fight, striking and clawing at the officers who were forced to deploy their taser.

July 14, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis mother accused of leaving her children in a hot car and then attacking a woman who stepped in to help made a mistake, but she isn't a monster, her family says.

"She made a mistake. She's a 21-year-old girl," he said. "I'm kind of shocked at everything they put on the news. They're making her out to be a monster, and she's not a monster." Query's children were released to their father. Gomez said he hopes his stepdaughter will get a second chance.

July 13, 2011

JOHNSON CO., Ind. -- A Johnson County grand jury is expected to investigate whether two White River Township firefighters stole tens of thousands of dollars from taxpayers.

According to an audit released by the State Board of Accounts, firefighters Anthony Slusher and Mike Rude were paid more than $25,000 for overtime they never worked. According to the audit, Rude obtained a password to hack into the time keeping system and logged 1,660 hours worked for a total of more than $17,700.

July 13, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis mother is arrested, accused of leaving her children in a hot car and then beating a woman who stepped in to help, police say.

City Administrator Tim Miller confirms that a public hearing will be held during the July 18th City Council meeting to discuss two competing proposals. "The first ordinance would prohibit them within the City limits," says Miller.

July 13, 2011

DARLINGTON - The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a Darlington child.

Nicholas Marnell, 5, was pronounced dead at 11:40 a.m. Saturday at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health-Crawfordsville after being found in a swimming pool.

June 21, 2011

A death investigation is underway following a weekend drowning.

Child Protective Services, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department and the Montgomery County Coroner's Department are looking into the drowning of a child that occurred Saturday in Darlington.

June 19, 2011

Last week Devin Parsons became another heartbreaking statistic: a fatal victim of alleged child abuse.

The 12-year-old's death apparently came at the hands of his own mother, who is charged with murder. Tasha M. Parsons, 29, beat her son for hours until he collapsed and died at their Greensburg home, police reported, because he took prescription pills and refused to tell her where they were.

June 11, 2011

by Prescott Carlson

A former official at Indiana Child Protective Services is admitting some culpability in the death of a 13 year old boy that was allegedly kept in a dog cage and beaten to death.

Police allege that the last few years of Christian's life were spent mostly locked up either in a room in the basement or in a dog cage that Choate had purchased from a neighbor. When not in the cage, the couple forced Christian's 17-year-old sister to chain him up and be responsible for his care, and she told police that if she didn't do as she was told Choate would abuse her as well.

May 26, 2011

by Ken Kusmer

Two former Indiana welfare workers and a current employee stole nearly $200,000 in food stamps and other benefits, federal prosecutors alleged Tuesday.

A federal grand jury indicted Timberly Snyder, Robert Edwards and Adina Lopez on charges of theft. During an initial court appearance Tuesday, all pleaded not guilty and were released their own recognizance, U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said.

May 24, 2011

"Teen Mom" Amber Portwood knew she was being filmed when she beat her baby daddy, Gary Shirley, in front of MTV's film crew for the hit, TV series, "Teen Mom".

What she didn't know when she was "beating his ass", was that Child Protective Services would be watching, too. Despite being beaten on several occasions by Amber, Gary is standing by Amber and assisting her through her ordeal with the courts. According to Portwood's brother, the beaten baby daddy is the one taking care of Amber now.

December 27, 2010

by Nick McGurk

When police responded early Friday morning to a call of fighting in South Bend's near northwest neighborhood, they found a home with horrible living conditions.

Police say more than 20 people were staying there. Of those, 14 were juveniles, including a two-month old toddler. The home didn't have running water; police said the ceiling had holes; and police report a toilet was filled with feces.

December 3, 2010

by Mark Wilson

After his children died in an alleged arson fire in April, Steven Lynch has found a way to deal with the loss.

Lynch, who lives in Panama City, Fla., said that during a visit, his children told him they had been abused by Jeffrey Weisheit, their mother's boyfriend. He said he called Child Protective Services to report it, but that the department did not follow up on his report.

Evansville Courier & Press

October 5, 2010

by Nichole Eggenberger

Amber Portwood and Gary Shirley got into a violent fight in this week's Teen Mom after Gary threatened to report her to Child Protective Services.

"We were made aware of the domestic abuse following the episode that aired on MTV," Anderson Public Information Officer Mitch Carroll of the Anderson Police Department told Radar Online. "Based on that there was a case drafted and a detective was assigned," Carroll explained. "The Department of Child Protective Services in Indiana notified us that they had been aware of the incident as well."

OK! Magazine

October 1, 2010

by Phyllis L. Smith Asinyanbi

On September 29, attorneys from the Chicago-based Thomas More Society began defending an Indiana faith-based homeschooling group, before the Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC), against charges of "disability discrimination" and "retaliation."

The case began with a disagreement over menu choices for a homeschooled teen who has severe allergies. Charges were brought against Fisher's Adolescent Catholic Enrichment Society (FACES), a volunteer group of 11 homeschooling families. Civil rights laws were never intended for this purpose and a threat to homeschoolers any where is a threat to homeschoolers every where.

The Homeschooling Examiner

October 1, 2010

TERRE HAUTE -- The Villages of Indiana, a statewide agency for foster care and adoption, is recruiting therapeutic foster families in the area.

Families would be required to work with the children on educational, mental health, developmental and behavioral challenges, as well as assure visitations with the children's biological families occur as required.

The Brazil Times

July 8, 2010

by Brandon Bartlett

EVANSVILLE - An Evansville woman is arrested after police say she left her infant inside a car.

When officers arrived they say they found a young girl screaming and sweating inside a vehicle that was unlocked with the windows down. Child protective services were called to the scene to take the baby.

14 WFIE News

June 12, 2010

by Jeremy Brilliant

Marion County -- An Indianapolis woman has until noon Friday to give her baby to child welfare workers or she could be arrested.

19-year-old Tasha Miller appeared in Marion County Juvenile Court Wednesday afternoon, but she would not answer questions, citing her Fifth Amendment right not to self-incriminate. She says she gave birth on May 10th in her East 11th Street apartment. She told child welfare workers the baby died and she placed it in a dumpster.

13 News WTHR

May 19, 2010

by Holly Abrams

A Fort Wayne father faces formal charges on accusations he repeatedly had sex with his teenage daughter, according to Allen Superior Court records filed Monday.

Fort Wayne police learned of the case in January when the girl told a North Side High School conflict mediator that her father had intercourse with her. The mediator called the Indiana Department of Child Protective Services to report the abuse. A Child Protective Services worker interviewed the girl, who said the abuse had been ongoing for the past two years.

The Journal Gazette

April 20, 2010

by Teri Stoddard

When the Illinois Family Law Study Committee met in Chicago this morning they were greeted by dozens of parents with signs and banners.

Mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles and grandparents hoped to educate the committee on the suffering that current family law causes. Participants in the Save Our Families Rally came from as far away as Indiana and Wisconsin.

Family Rights Examiner

April 11, 2010

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