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Michigan CPS News Archive

The Michigan news section is your source for the latest in family rights news items, CPS reform efforts, open court demands, abolition of confidentiality laws that judges hide behind, foster care deaths and issues, legal cases and more... Please Email Kidjacked with news and information from the state of Michigan and I will include it here in our coverage.

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Michigan News Coverage

LANSING -- Victims of imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar helped unveil what they described Monday as a sweeping rewrite of Michigan laws related to childhood sexual abuse, saying the changes would ease the ability to stop abuse...

The legislation is expected to win quick approval Tuesday from a Senate committee. The full Senate could vote as early as next week before the bills go to the House. Denhollandar called on lawmakers to pass the measures before their summer break.

March 7, 2018

by Rick Thompson

Max Lorincz and his wife will have custody of their six-year old son returned to them by court order in a Michigan case that made national headlines over a dispute with the State Police Crime Lab over marijuana testing.

Dante, the Lorincz's son, was removed from his Spring Lake home after investigators charged Max with possession of synthetic marijuana- a felony in Michigan. Lorincz is a registered medical marijuana patient and has always claimed that the substance found by police during a search of his home- a "smear" of substance, so small it's weight could not be quantified- was medicinal and derived from a natural plant source.

December 17, 2016

by Diane Bukowski

Despite dismissal of criminal charges vs. Godboldo twice, by two judges, Wayne Co. Prosecutor Kym Worthy continued persecution of mother. On eve of third trial May 16, Godboldo felled by massive brain injury.

Global hero Maryanne Godboldo, who stood off police tanks, helicopters, and assault weapons to save her 13-year-old daughter Ariana from state seizure in 2011, suffered a massive brain aneurysm May 15.

September 9, 2016

by Jackie Harrison-Martin

Woodhaven teacher under investigation for alleged inappropriate behavior with two boys - Police and school officials have launched investigations involving a 36-year-old teacher and her alleged inappropriate conduct with two 17-year-old boys at Woodhaven.

According to police, high school officials contacted the department Friday about the teacher allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to one student, and inappropriately texting and touching another student.

June 14, 2016

by Rebecca Williams

In 1973, a plant owned by Velsicol Chemical made a mistake and shipped a toxic flame retardant chemical to a livestock feed plant. The chemical is called polybrominated biphenyl, or PBB. It took about a year to discover the accident.

It took about a year to discover the accident. Millions of Michiganders ate contaminated beef, chicken, pork, milk and eggs. All these years later, researchers are finding that PBB exposure is linked to health problems. Michele Marcus is a professor of epidemiology, environmental health and pediatrics at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and Emory University School of Medicine.

May 5, 2016

Gruesome details were revealed in court, regarding what happened hours before 4-year old Kharisma Richardson was found dead in her north Kalamazoo home.

This comes as her mother sat in court battling for custody of her three other children. Child Protective Services gave a disturbing account of the horror that they say happened before Kharisma Richardson was found dead.

April 12, 2016

A Kalamazoo girl who died last weekend was reportedly abused, according to Child Protective Services.

The Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's office confirmed with FOX 17 that Kharisma Richardson was beaten with a belt, punched in the face and chest, and had suffered burns bad enough to blister her hands and feet.

April 1, 2016

While this article is specific to the Oakland County Court System, the advice contained here applies equally to most of our nations family courts. An old adage comes to mind, "Let the buyer beware" bodes true.

They all hide behind a government agency without fear or accountability for their actions and poor decision making and worse yet, are supportive of one another's decisions, no matter how wrong or unethical it is. The Judges and their employees have completely lost their focus on what is in the best interests of our children and instead base their important decisions not on the welfare of our children, but on their personal feelings.

March 13, 2016

by John Vibes

As the water crisis in Flint deepens, it is becoming apparent that the effects of the lead-infested water are not just a health hazard, but the situation has the potential of ruining many more lives outside of the poison issue.

There is no denying that the water in Flint is undrinkable and that it is contaminated with lead and other substances, and it is clear that the government of Flint is responsible for the problem. However, the city's government continues to charge people for the poison water and then threatening to foreclose their home or take their children if they refuse to pay. Michigan law states that parents are neglectful if they do not have running water in their home, and if they chose not to pay for water they can't drink anyway, then they could be guilty of child endangerment. Activists in Flint say that some residents have already received similar threats from the government if they refuse to pay their bills.

January 24, 2016

Last year Leiani McMichael was an honor student, artist, and a varsity swimmer at her high school. She was a good kid with a great life. Now the Michigan teenager's family fears for her life.

The 17 year old was seized from her family by Child Protective Services on November 4, 2015, after the University of Michigan Mott's Children's Hospital called CPS and accused her mother of Munchausen by Proxy. The family and supporters believe that Mott's is trying to cover up their poor care of Leiani. Doctors and social workers are blaming the teen for her debilitating illness, but her mother, Rebecca Campos-Santana, insists that there is no way this is all in her head - it's in her digestive system.

January 21, 2016

by Bill Draper

A Detroit brother and sister vanished more than two years before they were found dead in a freezer in their home, and an 11-year-old Florida girl disappeared more than a year before she, too, turned up in a family freezer.

And a 7-year-old Kansas boy hadn't been seen for more than a month before authorities found the gruesome remains of a child in a pigsty inside his family's barn. All of them were home-schooled, but despite their disappearances going unnoticed for so long, opposition from the government-wary home-schooling community means it's unlikely these states will start keeping closer tabs on home-schooled children.

December 24, 2015

by Bill Draper

A Detroit brother and sister vanished more than two years before they were found dead in a freezer in their home, and an 11-year-old Florida girl disappeared more than a year before she, too, turned up in a family freezer.

And a 7-year-old Kansas boy hadn't been seen for more than a month before authorities found the gruesome remains of a child in a pigsty inside his family's barn. All of them were home-schooled, but despite their disappearances going unnoticed for so long, opposition from the government-wary home-schooling community means it's unlikely these states will start keeping closer tabs on home-schooled children.

December 24, 2015

by Jacob Sullum

On a Wednesday evening in September 2014, Max Lorincz called 911 after his wife, Erica Chittenden, fell unconscious on the kitchen floor of their house in Crockery Township, Michigan, apparently after overdosing on prescription drugs.

Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputy Patrick Gedeon, who responded along with an EMT from the Crockery Township Fire Department and an ambulance from North Ottawa Community Hospital, noticed a clear plastic container on the kitchen counter containing a tarry residue that looked like butane hash oil (BHO). Lorincz explained that he had a state-issued medical marijuana card and had obtained the BHO from a dispensary in Muskegon. Gedeon removed the plastic container from the house, setting in motion a series of events that ended with Lorincz facing a felony charge and the loss of his 6-year-old son. The puzzling case revealed a change in policy at the Michigan State Police (MSP) Forensic Science Division that Lorincz's lawyers say may have tainted hundreds of convictions by falsely identifying cannabis extracts as synthetic THC.

November 2, 2015

by Jenny Hopkinson

en. Debbie Stabenow wants to see the Senate pass a GMO labeling bill by the end of the year, but there are a lot of questions that have to be answered before that can happen.

The Michigan Democrat and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee used Wednesday's hearing on biotechnology to call for legislation that must prevent the creation of a patchwork of state laws and inform consumers without stigmatizing the science. But that could arguably be applied to the industry-backed bill from Rep. Mike Pompeo, or, depending on whom you talk to, the mandatory labeling bill from Sen. Barbara Boxer. Stabenow told reporters she doesn't back Pompeo's Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, but she isn't signed on to Boxer's Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act either.

October 22, 2015

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - Investigators in Battle Creek calling it the most gruesome case of child pornography in decades, after a man sharing child porn in an adult store is arrested.

28-year-old, Benjamin Knight of Eaton Rapids is now charged on multiple counts of possessing child pornography, distributing the material and using a computer to commit a crime. It all started at Romantix Adult Store here Battle Creek, leading investigators to Knights phone and home computer, which had an overwhelming amount of graphic and disturbing images.

August 31, 2015

by John Vibes

Peck, MI - A woman was arrested this week and had her child taken from her after she called 9-1-1 to report that she was being attacked by her husband. When police arrived on the scene just after noon on Tuesday.

The man was taken into police custody, but they did not stop there. They also attempted to place the child in government custody, and when the mother objected to them taking away her child, they arrested her as well. As any caring mother would do, the woman attempted to prevent the police from stealing her baby, at which point they became violent with her, even using a stun gun on her.

July 24, 2015

by Jason Colthorp

NOVI, Mich. - About two and 1/2 months after 4-month-old twin boys were taken from their parents they returned home Thursday to cake, balloons and a celebration.

From the start, family and friends never doubted the parenting of Melissa and Anthony Geers. However, Child Protective Services cited suspicious broken ribs on the twins and removed them from their parents' home. The Geers say the boys have brittle bone disease and low vitamin D levels. Their attorney says CPS missed that.

July 9, 2015

by Taryn Asher

Three Bloomfield Hills kids who refused an order by a judge to go to lunch with their father have been ordered to a juvenile detention facility.

June 24 court transcripts showed how upset the judge was. She ordered the Tsimhoni kids ages 14,10 and 9 to have a "healthy relationship" with their father. She criticized them for avoiding him and even compared them to Charles Manson and his cult. Gorcyca then ordered the children to apologize and have a nice lunch with their dad. When they refused, Gorcyca held them in contempt and had each child hauled off to Children's Village's juvenile hall - until they are 18 years old.

July 7, 2015

by The Numbers

A girl was injured during an unsupervised visit with the parents she'd been taken away from. Kids with a history of inappropriate sexual behavior were placed in homes with younger children. A child ran away and police weren't notified for days.

A decade ago, the death of Williamston 7-year-old Ricky Holland at the hands of his adoptive parents revealed fatal flaws in the state's safeguards for foster kids. Seven years ago, a class-action lawsuit in federal court mandated improvements. Still, Michigan continues to fail hundreds of kids a year, court-appointed monitors say.

July 1, 2015

by Private Agencies

Despite official statements to the contrary, state employees and some private providers suspect Michigan is working toward fully outsourcing foster care services in the state.

Currently, the more than 12,000 foster care cases in Michigan are split about evenly between private providers and the more than 700 foster care workers at the state Department of Health & Human Services. The division varies by county, but state employees and others look to Kent County - where recent legislation fully privatized foster care case management and established a pilot program for a performance-based funding model - as one of several clues that 100% outsourcing is coming down the pike.

June 29, 2015

by Elisha Anderson

A mother accused of killing two of her children and keeping their bodies in a deep freezer at her Detroit home returns to court this morning for day three of a child protective proceeding involving her two living kids.

Mitchelle Blair has had repeated outbursts during the first two days of the hearing before Wayne County Circuit Judge Edward Joseph, including some aimed at the fathers of her children. "I did it! I never tried to say I didn't. I did it!" she yelled on the first day. "But that does not negate the fact that they were never there for their children."

June 11, 2015

The new director of the Michigan Department Health and Human Services has his work cut out for him as he oversees the state's largest and newest department, with 14,000 employees and a $24 billion budget.

To name just two projects, Lyon is in the early phase of completing the merger of two departments that account for 45 percent of the state's annual budget - the Department of Community Health and the Department of Human Services - and he heads the state's largest rebid of Medicaid contracts that will direct $8 billion to 13 competing private health maintenance organizations for care coordination of 1.7 million low-income recipients.

June 3, 2015

by Araz Hachadourian

The USDA is putting $31 million behind a program that helps low-income families take home twice the veggies, and local farmers make twice the money.

Vicki Zilke is a farmer in Ypsilanti, Mich., population 20,000, where more than a quarter of residents live below the poverty line. Every week, she sells her vegetables at Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market, one of two in the city. Nearly 40 percent of the shoppers at both hubs are on some form of food assistance funding from the government.

April 26, 2015

by Jim Lynch

Federal efforts to protect and preserve the northern long-eared bat population could hurt jobs in Michigan, according to a group of U.S. House members.

For roughly eight years, northern long-eared bats have been under attack from the white-nose syndrome disease. In America's Northeast region alone, the bat population has plunged 99 percent.

April 19, 2015

by Jennifer Bisram

A new homeschool bill was introduced this morning after a young brother and sister were found dead in their mother's freezer last month.

Parents or a guardian who choose to homeschool would have to provide their address and the names of their children being homeschooled to their school district. There would also be two visits to the home every year from either a doctor, teacher or social worker. But not everyone is in favor.

April 17, 2015

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by Annette M. Hall

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September 8, 2023

by Annette M. Hall

The Judges and their employees have completely lost their focus on what is in the best interests of our children and instead base their important decisions not on the welfare of our children, but on their personal feelings. Avoid the Court System at all cost.


September 8, 2023

by Annette M. Hall

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December 3, 2020

by Annette M. Hall

Links to websites with more stories of corruption, abuse and lies perpetrated on families by Child Protective Service workers around the nation.


June 24, 2012

by Annette M. Hall

Angered by new state Supreme Court rules requiring attorneys who represent juveniles to visit their clients every three months in their placements, some veteran juvenile court attorneys say they will no longer represent children.


June 24, 2012

by Annette M. Hall

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June 24, 2012

by Annette Hall

Michigan Parents call to action, in support of Midland mother scheduled for TPR hearing.


May 15, 2010

by Annette Hall

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May 15, 2010

by Annette Hall

Maureen Whittmann reports that Michigan Candidate, Mark Meadows vows to restrict homeschooling for Michigan residence.


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