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The good caseworkers don't last long. They're driven out by the nature of the work. What's mostly left are those who were abused themselves as children, or those who enjoy the power. -- Corvallis, Oregon family attorney

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Michigan CPS News Archive

Michigan News Coverage

by Joe Khalil

Steve and Maria Green, parents of six-month-old Brielle Green who was taken from their custody by Child Protective Services, will appear in front of a probate judge in an Ingham County Circuit Court this afternoon.

Maria Green says a judge will decided whether to grant the parents temporary custody of their daughter "Bree" while CPS continues its investigation, and decides what legal action it will pursue against the parents. "It's been a mess. It's been tumultuous, I spent all weekend crying," said Maria, "It's been kind of an emotional roller coaster ride, but I feel hopeful that things are getting done and things will turn out positively."

September 20, 2013

by Maggie Volpo

Steve and Maria Green, loving and devoted parents, had their cherished, healthy, well-cared-for infant child removed from their custody in direct violation of Michigan law.

They were informed the same day that Child Protective Services (CPS) was requesting the removal of their daughter due to their status as medical marijuana caregivers and related pending criminal cases. With the support of many members of the community, the Greens arrived in court. They had to proceed without their paid legal representation, as he was over an hour away. Still, the Greens skillfully countered the claims of CPS.

September 16, 2013

by Kevin Koeninger

A Michigan woman whose son died at the hands of his abusive father cannot pin the blame on Child Protective Services, the 6th Circuit ruled. Rebecca Jasinski had filed suit after her 9-year-old son, Nicholas Braman.

Police reportedly discovered the bodies of Nicholas Branam, his step-mother Nancy and his father Oliver Branam on a bed together in their Montcalm County home. Investigators found that Oliver first drugged the boy, then attached the exhaust from his truck to the dryer vent, flooding the bedroom with carbon monoxide.

Courthouse News Service

September 11, 2013

by Kidjacked Editor

After Child Protective Services kidnapped my daughter, they tried to enroll her into a high school. In spite of the fact that a diploma had been issued acknowledging the fact she graduated from a home school.

Even though the Governor, State Legislature, Michigan Department of Education all recognize a home school diploma, CPS claims they do not. Even though my daughter was 16, CPS does not have to follow the law. CPS is very knowledgeable of school laws in Michigan. Home schools are not required to register the school or student with any governmental agency. Home schools do not have to conduct standardized tests. Home schools do not have to report student progress to any governmental agency.

September 4, 2013

A federal appeals court says a judge was wrong to allow a civil suit to proceed against state Child Protective Services workers and the state by the mother of a western Michigan boy killed by his father in a murder-suicide.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled Tuesday that state workers' conduct wasn't the "direct cause" of injuries that killed 9-year-old Nicholas Braman. The appeals court reversed the decision of a federal district judge who'd refused to dismiss the agency and workers as defendants.

September 3, 2013

espite the well-documented benefits of vaccines - and the equally well-documented lack of risk - a growing number of Michigan parents are opting out of inoculations.

I come from the generation in which we were scared to death of getting polio. When they came out with the polio vaccine, we lined up to get our sugar cube. Even the children knew how lucky they were to get this. What has happened? We make our kids wear helmets when they ride their bikes, sit in car seats and wear seat belts, make them wear life jackets near water, and yet somehow think it is OK to skip inoculating them against diseases that could kill them.

August 19, 2013

by John Turk

A young Pontiac couple was recently arrested after officials say they brought their children to an apparent shoplifting scheme at a Rochester Hills grocer.

Deputies were sent to the Meijer at Rochester and Auburn roads around 6 p.m. Sunday after employees called to report a woman was stealing from the store. The woman, 21, was spotted leaving the store with a black duffle bag full of stolen items and running towards Auburn Road. She was then picked up by a black mini-van, deputies say.

August 19, 2013

by Gaylord Herald Times

The fatal shooting of William Reddie, 32, by a Crawford County Sheriff's Department deputy during the "emergency removal" of his 2-year-old son from an apartment they shared has many of his friends crying foul.

A Michigan State Police probe has concluded the shooting was justified because Reddie had a pocketknife and lunged at police. "I can't believe they (police) could not subdue Will without killing him, and over what, marijuana," said Joanne Michal, who knew Reddie for half of his life. "Why didn't police just arrest him or cite him for marijuana instead of removing his child?" Workers from the Department of Human Services along with the sheriff's deputy and an officer from the Grayling City Police went to Reddie's apartment with a court order to remove the minor child because Reddie had allegedly smoked marijuana in the presence of his son. Reddie was agitated and had allegedly threatened police when confronted with the marijuana accusation earlier in the day on Feb. 3.

August 9, 2013

Katelyn Anderson is five. She has Cerebral Palsy. When she was two months old she went into cardiac arrest, causing brain damage. Her mom says doctor's said she would spend the rest of her life in a vegetative state, and progress was slow, until...

When you meet her, you really understand just how much she means what she says. Seven days a week Katelyn walks about 100 yards from her home to her neighbors farm just so that she can be with her chickens. That is a feat her mom says doctors said she would never be able to do. For Katelyn, chickens are therapy.

July 31, 2013

When the state of Michigan asked Joseph Chmelar to pay child support for another man's son, the divorced dad of two turned to Target 8 for help.

Chmelar had been divorced less than nine months when he learned that his ex-wife had given birth. She had gotten pregnant by another man while she and Chmelar were separated prior to the divorce. In June, Chmelar got a letter from Ottawa County Friend of the Court saying he owed $8,500 in back child support for the child. "I thought, my God, this is hilarious. It's Father's day weekend and here's the biggest joke that I think I've ever had played on me transpiring right now," Chmelar said. But it wasn't a joke. In fact, it was perfectly legal.

July 25, 2013

by Henry Erb

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The State Department of Human Services says the Caring Meadows Living Center in Grand Rapids needs a license to operate legally, but now won't give it one.

Target 8 investigators obtained the DHS licensing report on the facility at 1001 Lafayette SE and found that last fall, its investigators concluded that it was operating illegally and had to be licensed as an Adult Foster Care home or a Home for the Aged.

July 1, 2013

by Gary Ridley

A Flint man was sentenced to prison after authorities say he critically injured his 4-month-old daughter.

Brian Scott Guest II, 28, was sentenced Monday, June 24, by Genesee Circuit Judge Judith A. Fullerton to 7 years, 4 months to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to second-degree child abuse. Guest was arrested after the girl suffered a skull fracture, facial injuries and rib fractures, which were more than a week old. She also had injuries indicating that she was squeezed or shaken, according to court records.

June 25, 2013

U.S. Navy veteran Ted Visner and his wife, Kathy Smith of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, have been living out a nightmare. It started two and a half years ago, when the family fell victim to an apparent real estate scam by a local sheriff's department employee.

Ted Visner, who builds custom homes for a living, said, "Although we were paying Sweet every month on the purchase of the property, she had not been paying the underlying mortgage and the home fell into foreclosure." I asked Visner if he had records of those payments, he said he does, including canceled checks. You won't believe what happened next. "On a weekend Sweet knew that we would be out of town, she offered the contents of our home to her friends and coworkers at the Isabella County Sheriff's Department, claiming we had abandoned the home. Many took her up on her free offer deal and took over $55,000 dollars worth of our personal property."

June 24, 2013

by Patrice Lewis

I saw an article this week that I first thought was a joke ... until I realized it was serious. The article linked to an InfoWars headline entitled "Homeland Security Funded Exercise Portrayed Homeschoolers as Terrorists."

"In 2004," notes the article, "cops in Muskegon, Mich., conducted a 'mock attack' on a school bus as part of a terrorism response exercise. The terrorists portrayed in the exercise were not fanatical Muslims or even phantom right-wing extremists - they were said to be fanatical homeschoolers. ... According to the Muskegon Chronicle, the exercise was a simulated 'attack by a fictitious radical group called Wackos Against Schools and Education who believe everyone should be homeschooled,' Homeschool World reported in September 2004. The simulated attack was funded by the Department of Homeland Security."

May 18, 2013

CENTREVILLE, MI -- The U.S. Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling that Child Protective Services workers cannot be sued in the death of Calista Springer.

A Centreville teenager who died in a 2008 fire, after being chained to her bed. The Department of Human Services clearly knew about complaints of ongoing abuse by Calista's parents, the three-judge panel said in a 13-page opinion issued last week. But the court ruled the state workers couldn't be sued for failure to remove Springer from her Centreville home. Calista died in a house fire, after being tied to her bed, in February 2008.

April 25, 2013

by John Turk

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office is currently looking into why and how a child apparently ate a cookie laced with marijuana Wednesday.

The incident occurred around 2 p.m., when deputies and Independence Township firefighters responded to the 70 block of River Birch on a call that a 4-year-old girl had some type of medical problem. She was found by her 25-year-old step brother, believed to have eaten something harmful.

April 25, 2013

by Danielle Salisbury

Amanda Redman, 30, of Blackman Township has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and two counts of second-degree child abuse in the April 2 death of her 27-day-old daughter, Amillia Redman.

Amillia was Redman's seventh child. Five of the children had been removed from her care and her rights to three of them, including an obese 3-year-old, were terminated. Her oldest son, now 14 and adopted, weighed more than 100 pounds at age 3. Publicity surrounding the case led to Redman's 2003 appearance on the "Dr. Phil" show.

April 12, 2013

by David Eggert

More than 1,000 jobs, or nearly 9 percent, would be cut from the Michigan agency that handles welfare, food assistance and child abuse investigations under a budget approved Tuesday by a Republican-led House panel.

GOP lawmakers voted to hire fewer additional child protective workers than proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder and cut more than 200 public assistance caseworker positions along with hundreds of other staff in the Department of Human Services. Three juvenile justice facilities also would be closed and the youth offenders sent to private facilities under the budget.

April 9, 2013

by The Midland Daily News

Nothing is more exhilarating for savvy consumers than finding great deals on organic products. Not only will they start to live healthier, they get to share it with their friends and family as well.

However, finding just the right organic products is usually found to be challenging and tricky, as sources of organic products are not easily found since there are not many websites offering consumers a full range of organic products. OrganicCentury, a leading website that specializes on organic as well as health and beauty products from around the world, has recently launched their brand new website that will provide the solution consumers are looking for. By pulling together hot new deals and offers from manufacturers and showcasing them on their own, they are providing an easy one-stop location for their customers to purchase healthy lifestyle products.

April 1, 2013

A Birmingham chiropractor has adopted a program that emphasizes a more positive view of ADHD so that patients and their families can emphasize on supportive wellness care.

Dr. Jennifer Bonde of Birmingham Wellness Center states that the clinic has embraced the SHINE (Special Help Integrating Neurological Experience) Program developed by Dr. Edward Hallowell, M.D., Ed.D. "This program allows patients to sidestep negative feelings about their ADHD and see it as a source of tremendous creative energy," says Dr. Bonde. "This enables them to feel pride instead of shame and helps us focus on supportive treatment."

April 1, 2013

by Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.

According to  Fox News Radio , a Michigan elementary school confiscated homemade cupcakes from a third-grader because they were decorated with plastic green Army soldiers.

The mother of the student, Casey Fountain told Fox News that the principal of the Schall Elementary School in the town of Caro, Michigan, called the cupcakes "insensitive" in light of the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

CNS News

March 8, 2013

by Scott Sutherland

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as of Tuesday, water levels in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron have reached their lowest levels since record-keeping began, nearly 100 years ago.

Concerns had already been raised since the end of last summer, due to a combination of last year's warm, dry La Nina winter, followed by low rainfall amounts coming into the Great Lakes region due to the drought in the United States, and a late start to the snowy weather this winter. These natural effects are possibly enhanced by climate change, as greenhouse gas emissions continue to turn the global temperature up, however there is a more direct man-made reason that contributes to the low water levels.

February 10, 2013

by Jessica Lal

MARSHALL TOWNSHIP, Mich - Calhoun County Sheriff's Deputies found a meth lab in a home in the 17000 block of 15 Mile Road after receiving an anonymous tip and getting a search warrant.

The 48-year-old homeowner was at the house, along with two women and a three-year-old child. Subsequently, deputies called Child Protective Services, who then took the three-year-old from the home.

January 30, 2013

by Mark Hicks

A report of suspected child abuse, neglect or endangerment has been filed after a woman was charged with driving drunk with a Macomb County judge and his two children in her car, police said.

Judge Richard Caretti has not been charged in the Saturday night incident, but his companion, Brenda Conway, was arraigned Tuesday in 46th District Court in Southfield on one count of operating while intoxicated with occupants under age 16, said Det. Lt. William Castro of the Franklin-Bingham Farms Police Department. Her next court date is scheduled for Jan. 28.

January 16, 2013

by Norb Franz

The father of an infant girl left alone in a vehicle moments before it was stolen outside a Warren gas station won't face criminal charges, police said Wednesday.

With little Aubrey Ann Williams, 3 months old, in a car seat, Greer, who resides in the city, stopped at Metro Gas on Nine Mile at Hoover Road at 6:50 p.m. Monday on his way to pick up his girlfriend at work. He said he left the 1995 GMC Suburban's engine running and the doors unlocked when he walked into the gas station to prepay $5 for gasoline.

January 10, 2013

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