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"The service that DCFS now provides is worse than the abuse that most abused children ever experienced. The trauma they inflict on ordinary children is unspeakable." ~Social worker Anthony Cavuoti

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Oklahoma CPS News Archive

Oklahoma News Coverage

by Sheila Stogsdill

TULSA -- A lawsuit has been filed in the July death of a 14-month-old boy while a criminal investigation continues.

Wagoner County authorities continue to investigate the death of Davis Ryan Brafford, who was hurt while in the care of his stepmother, Wagoner County District Attorney Jerry Moore said. He said there is no statute of limitations on filing a murder charge.


February 5, 2009

by Randy Ellis

DHS received serious complaints of abuse and neglect involving foster children in its care but failed to disclose the complaints to judges handling their child welfare cases, according to documents filed in an ongoing Tulsa federal lawsuit.

In one 2007 case, a boy told an Oklahoma Department of Human Services worker that his foster mother whipped him with a pink leather belt. The worker made a confirmed finding of abuse. "Nevertheless, DHS made no mention of this abuse" in its next report to the judge assigned to the boy's child welfare case.

News OK

December 28, 2008

The Department of Human Services reported recently that the number of Oklahoma children in out-of-home foster care has dropped below 7,000 for the first time in more than three years.

In September, the number of children in foster care was 6,902, reflecting the first time since July 2005 the number has dropped below 7,000. At that time, the number in foster care was 6,974.

Tulsa World

December 1, 2008

by Randy Ellis

WILSON -- A 5-year-old boy who was in foster care was killed today when he was hit by a car that a 13-year-old girl had started up to warm the engine.

The car was parked in a private driveway when the girl started the engine, shifted it into gear and moved forward, striking the boy, troopers said.

The Oklahoman

November 26, 2008

by Randy Ellis and Michael Kimball

WILSON -- A 5-year-old boy in foster care died Tuesday when a 13-year-old girl put into gear a sport utility vehicle she was warming up, running into the boy on a private driveway in Carter County, officials said.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol identified the victim as John Gifford of Wilson, and said the accident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. The boy died at the scene of head injuries, the patrol said.

The Oklahoman

November 26, 2008

by Randy Ellis

ELK CITY -- A 3-year-old boy was beaten to death at his home here, even though his foster mother said she begged a judge and the state Department of Human Services three months ago not to return him to his mother.

"I begged and pleaded and boohooed," said foster mother Danna Paulino. Paulino said she repeatedly complained to DHS workers after the boy would return from home visits with bruises. The state medical examiner determined Ryan died from blunt force trauma to the head and ruled his death was a homicide.

News OK

November 8, 2008

by Jerome R. Corsi

Unemployment rates are rising across the United States, except Oklahoma.

That state is experiencing the most dramatic reduction in unemployment since 2007, an improvement many in Oklahoma attribute to the passage last year by the state legislature of a strong employment-focused immigration reform law.

World Net Daily (OK)

April 24, 2008

SALLISAW -- An east Oklahoma woman accused of abusing her 4-year-old grand-nephew has been convicted of felony child abuse and faces a 40-year prison term.

A jury in Sequoyah County convicted Sharon Smith and recommended the prison term after about three and a half hours of deliberations Wednesday night. Smith was accused of gagging and tying up the boy with tape, stomping his feet and putting handcuffs on him and keeping him in a closet.

4029 News (OK)

June 7, 2007

by Professor Marci Hamilton

Last week, the Louisiana Supreme Court upheld the death penalty as applied to a child abuser. Louisiana has led the way in passing laws to execute pedophiles.

However, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Georgia, and Montana also have passed such laws, with Texas soon to follow when Gov. Rick Perry signs such legislation.

FindLaw Legal News

May 31, 2007

NEW BRITAIN -- Computer technicians would be obligated to report child abuse just like doctors, teachers and others who work closely with children, under measures being considered by lawmakers in two states.

At least five states - Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and South Dakota - require computer technicians to report child pornography. Connecticut and California are considering legislation that would go a step further, adding technicians to the list of "mandated reporters" who notify authorities about any type of child abuse and neglect.

Redding Record Searchlight (CT)

May 19, 2007

by Oklahoma Statutes Citationized

Oklahoma Juvenile Code: A child may be taken into custody prior to the filing of a petition alleging that the child is delinquent or in need of supervision...

When any child is taken into custody pursuant to this title and it reasonably appears to the peace officer, employee of the court or person acting pursuant to court order that the child is in need of medical treatment to preserve the health of the child, any peace officer, any employee of the court or person acting pursuant to court order shall have the authority to authorize medical examination and medical treatment for any child.

September 15, 2006

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