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As many as two-thirds of the people in treatment for drug abuse reported being abused or neglected as children.

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Ohio CPS News Archive

Ohio News Coverage

by Sharon Coolidge

Three toddlers have died in 10 months despite intervention from the Hamilton County Job and Family Services agency. An examination of the agency reveals an overloaded system that lacks oversight.

The county is asking voters to renew a Children's Services levy on Nov. 8 that would bring in $39.1 million a year. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $50 a year, the same as the current levy. Last week, the Job and Family Services agency found itself the target of two investigations into the beating death of 2-year-old Damarcus Jackson, who had recently been in the agency's care.

October 29, 2011

by Staff

CLEVELAND (AP) - Police say a Cleveland couple tried to give their 2-year-old daughter to a neighbor, telling him they were going to drug rehab.

The neighbor told police the girl was with him for at least 10 days. He says the parents didn't go to rehab and, after a week, gave other excuses for leaving the child.

CNS News

October 28, 2011

The Trumbull County Prosecutor's office is recommending that an independent investigation be conducted in order to review the policies and procedures of Trumbull County Children Services.

Allegations are that the couple raped their 1-year-old, biological daughter during what was supposed to be a supervised visit at the Children Services Center on Reeves Road in Warren

October 18, 2011

by Maggie Schneider

Dozens of animals -- including bears, lions, tigers, cheetahs and wolves -- are on the prowl in eastern Ohio, authorities said Tuesday night.

Area residents were urged to stay indoors until all the animals had been controlled. Authorities were "shooting to kill," said Muskingum County Sheriff Matthew J. Lutz. Forty-eight had been freed, and as of 8:40 p.m. ET, about two dozen had been shot, Lutz said.

October 18, 2011

by Gloria J. Stewart

No child that comes to the attention of CSB does so because CSB drives the streets looking for children to rip from their homes. They come to CSB's attention because someone makes a report concerning suspected abuse or neglect.

While the child is in care, there may be numerous hearings to see if the family is making any progress toward reunification. Then there comes the even smaller percentage that require permanent removal. The natural family is given every opportunity to fix what caused the removal to begin with. They are given a written plan that tells them exactly what needs done and how they, with the help of CSB and other agencies, can achieve that goal.

October 16, 2011

by Jacqueline Sprague

As the economy declines, child abuse climbs, that's according to a new study by Pediatrics Online. the study of more than 420 children, from mostly lower-income families, found a 65% increase in child abuse, mostly in infants.

As the economy declines, child abuse climbs, that's according to a new study by Pediatrics Online. the study of more than 420 children, from mostly lower-income families, found a 65% increase in child abuse, mostly in infants.

October 15, 2011

by Doug Whiteman

A judge has upheld the firing of a central Ohio public school science teacher who was accused of preaching religious beliefs in class and of keeping a Bible on his desk.

The school board in the community about 40 miles northeast of Columbus first tried to dismiss Freshwater in 2008 after investigators reported that he preached Christian beliefs in class when discussing topics such as evolution and homosexuality, and was insubordinate in failing to remove a Bible from his classroom.

CNS News

October 6, 2011

by Ed Runyan

About 10 members of the public attended a Trumbull County Children Services Board meeting Tuesday to question the board about policies that protect the rights of the parents of children who come into the CSB system.

The group believes Trumbull CSB isn't following one of the Ohio Rules of Juvenile Procedure when a child is removed from a home over allegations of abuse or neglect. Smith said he believes the rules require a judge or magistrate to rule on whether there is probable cause for a child to be removed from a home, but no judge is involved in such cases in Trumbull County.

August 31, 2011

by Michael D. Pitman

It's been five years since the death of 3-year-old Marcus Fiesel at the hands of his foster parents that captured the attention of the region, state and nation, sent two people to prison and led to a child welfare system overhaul.

Marcus' death during the weekend of Aug. 4-6, 2006, in the closet of the Carrolls' Union Twp. home in Clermont County placed a giant spotlight on some gaping holes in the child welfare system and led private foster placement agency, the former Lifeway for Youth, from operating in the state. While his death was the breaking point to prompt reform in Ohio's foster care and children services system, other children died while under the charge of Butler County Children Services: Tiffany Hubbard, 3, of Hamilton in 1986; Randi Fuller, 2, of Hamilton, in 2000; Christopher Long, 2, of Middletown, in 2001; Courtney Centers, 3, of Middletown in 2002; Jesus Rodriquez, 7 months, of Hamilton in 2003; and Justin Johnson, 13 months, of Middletown in 2004.

August 7, 2011

WARREN The cause of death of Tiffany Sue Banks-Cross was due to asphyxiation associated with multiple blunt traumatic injuries, according to Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk.

The girls April 2 death was ruled a homicide last week. Germaniuk released her death certificate today. The death certificate lists the cause. Banks-Cross, who was in foster care at the time, died in April.

Warren Tribune Chronicle

July 16, 2011

by The RAnts of RA

The Ohio House of Representatives voted to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks.

After the many years I spent picketing, rallying and rescuing Ohio infants at the Center for Choice II, in Toledo, Ohio, I never dreamed I would live to see the day that the children might some day be saved from certain death. If you haven't heard the news, let me be the first to share a much cherished moment.

July 3, 2011

by David DeWitt

Athens County Children Services came out with its annual report this past week, on the heels of a recent study showing that Ohio is last in the nation when it comes to providing funds to children's agencies.

Because voters have consistently passed levies to provide funds, however, including one in May, Athens County Children Services has been able to avoid the financial hardships that other counties around the state face. Revenue numbers from 2010 show that ACCS received 5 percent, or $327,135 of its funds from the state level and 58 percent, or $3,880,050, from local levies. The agency also received 35 percent of its budget, or $2,376,685, from the federal level, and 2 percent, or $126,453, from the local level.

June 13, 2011

OGALLALA, Neb. -- A family is looking for answers, wondering how their son died while in the care of the state of Nebraska. They're left wondering if their child got the oversight they feel he needed while in foster care.

A few years ago, Toby Mitchell discovered he had a son in Ohio named Billy. Toby said he moved Billy to their western Nebraska home in Ogallala to make him part of their family. Soon after, Billy began exhibiting disturbing behaviors, his parents said. They said Billy tried to poison the fish tank and made other threats. "He had thought of how to kill his brother and sister," Michelle said.

April 29, 2011

by Sharon Coolidge

Two Hamilton County hospitals last week abruptly backed off a request for more levy money to care for the poor - recognition, they said, that the county's new government would never give them an increase. Instead, they're hoping to avoid reductions.

A new Republican majority on the three-man commission has declared that their goal is to reduce property taxes, even if that means cutting levies that voters have approved in the past. Leaving the levy as is, as the hospitals and Department of Job and Families are asking, would mean taxpayers pay what they have been for those two levies: $95.72 a year per $100,000 in home value.

February 19, 2011

by Lisa Cornwell

An Ohio woman on Thursday admitted giving her 2-year-old daughter marijuana and using her cell phone to record the child smoking it.

Jessica Gamble, 21, of suburban Cincinnati, pleaded guilty in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to corruption of another with drugs and tampering with evidence, court officials said. Prosecutors dropped a child endangering charge in exchange for the plea, prosecutor's spokeswoman Julie Wilson said.

CNS News

November 18, 2010

by Doug Whiteman

MOUNT VERNON -- A 13-year-old girl missing for days was found bound and gagged but alive in a basement Sunday, and authorities hoped a man charged with kidnapping her might lead them to her mother, brother and another woman who disappeared with her.

Matthew J. Hoffman, 30, was arrested at his Mount Vernon home, where Sarah Maynard was found, Knox County Sheriff David Barber said. He said the girl was hospitalized in good condition but would give no details and did not say if she had been sexually abused. Barber did not say what led investigators to Hoffman's home, which is about 10 miles from the home of Sarah's family.

Boston News

November 14, 2010

by Lisa Cornwell

CINCINNATI -- A state appeals court on Friday reversed a woman's murder conviction in her baby daughter's burning death in a microwave oven.

The 2nd District Ohio Court of Appeals ruled there was prosecutorial misconduct and that the trial court erred in not allowing a material witness to testify in China Arnold's defense. Arnold was sentenced in 2008 to life in prison without parole for the death of her month-old daughter.


November 6, 2010

by Harlan Spector

A task force finds fault with child-protection services, but calls on the community to help keep children safe.

The panel appointed by Director Deborah Forkas issued 12 pages of recommendations, which deal in large part with beefing up services to combat threats to children from domestic violence, substance abuse and mental illness.

The Plain Dealer

October 14, 2010

by Harlan Spector

A task force has found the Cuyahoga County child-welfare department doesn't go far enough to protect children, after the agency made disastrous decisions to leave four children with mothers who prosecutors say later killed or starved them.

Questions about whether the county adequately protects children in high-risk households surfaced after Angel Glass beat her 5-year-old son to death last October and Tyesha Hamilton was charged with the scalding death of her 2-year-old daughter in February. Another mother, Phineas Scovil, was charged with starving two toddler sons nearly to death.

Cleveland News -- The Plain Dealer

September 25, 2010

CLEVELAND -- The man arrested in connection with the stabbing death of Tonya Hunter-Lyons on Monday has now been charged.

The victim's 4-year-old can be seen on video from that morning being left in the middle of a Cleveland street. The boy eventually led police to his mother's body. Tonya Hunter-Lyon's son was initially placed in foster care, but Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services placed the boy with a relative on his mother's side of the family.


July 28, 2010

by Tracy Miller

A college sorority is facing a two-year suspension after members allegedly trashed a slavery museum during a vandalism binge straight out of "Girls Gone Wild."

Members of the Alpha Xi Delta at Miami University and their dates are accused of a laundry list of bad behavior at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati during a spring formal, the Associated Press reported. Accusations include smoking inside the museum, excessive trashing of the dance floor and bathrooms, vomiting in different places, leaving puddles of urine in the men's bathroom, stealing bottles of booze from the bar and smuggling their own alcohol inside the museum in flasks and plastic bottles.

New York Daily News

May 14, 2010

by Bridget Tharp

An autopsy revealed Thursday that the toddler with cerebral palsy found burned and unresponsive in a bathtub had drowned, authorities said.

The drowning of Shaniya Sullivan, 3, of North Toledo, was related to scalding, said Dr. Maneesa Pandey, a Lucas County deputy coroner. That means "she was scalded, then she drowned," Dr. Pandey said.

The Toledo Blade

April 23, 2010

by Diane V. Grendell

As a child psychiatric nurse and a judge on Ohio's 11th District Court of Appeals, child maltreatment has been a considerable concern of mine for the past 20 years.

I am frequently faced with outrageous and unfathomable cases related to child abuse and neglect. As I researched child abuse and neglect data, I was both shocked and appalled at this country's horrific statistics.

The News-Herald Opinion

April 4, 2010

by Allison Hurtado

The subject of an Ohio Amber Alert was found safe in a Tempe hotel Tuesday, officials said. Ohio Protective Services issued the Amber Alert Tuesday morning after a follow-up at his foster home on Stuckhart Road in Trotwood, Ohio.

Officials worried Ashley Hill, 27, had taken her 3-year-old son, Adorian Hill, on Saturday. Apparently she had threatened to harm herself and the child in the past, according to the alert. Police found all three at an extended stay hotel. Adorian was taken by Arizona Child Protective Services.

The Arizona Republic

March 17, 2010

by Doug Page

CLAYTON -- A former Northmont High School teacher and coach was arrested last week on charges he violated his probation on a conviction for having inappropriate contact with one of his athletes.

Loren Meadows pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of contributing to the unruliness of a minor as part of a plea agreement. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail Sept. 23, 2009, and up to five years supervised probation by a sex-offender specialist. Besides surrendering his teaching license and agreeing to never coach minors, Meadows was barred from Northmont district property.

Dayton Daily News

February 15, 2010

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