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From 1972 - 1997, over 46 million child maltreatment allegations have been made. Only 30-40% were substantiated.

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Utah CPS News Archive

Utah News Coverage

by Erin Alberty

Wildlife officials are searching for a mountain lion that took a swipe at a Wanship man.

The man was working Friday in his driveway alongside a fence when he heard a noise, Division of Wildlife Resources Conservation Officer Bruce Johnson said Sunday evening.

July 18, 2011

by David Montero

Rep. Carl Wimmer's bill to designate the Browning M1911 handgun as a state symbol shot through the House on Wednesday, though it did generate strong debate from opponents who felt it was insensitive in light of the mass shooting in Tucson.

The Herriman Republican, however, said it was simply about honoring John Moses Browning, a Utah native who invented the handgun still used today. "It's an appropriate and fitting tribute to a Utah icon," Wimmer said. "This firearm has defended liberty and freedom." But Rep. Carol Moss, D-Holladay, was among the first to oppose it.

January 29, 2011

by Brooke Adams

Families investigated for child maltreatment by Child Protective Services are no better off years later in seven key areas than other at-risk families.

The study compared families in seven areas: social support, family functioning, poverty, maternal education, maternal depression, anxious or depressed child behavior and aggressive or destructive child behavior.

The Salt Lake Tribune

October 4, 2010

by Brent Hunsaker

PROVO, Utah -- A 14-year old girl from Ireland confides to her sister in Utah that she was being abused by their mother. But that is not good enough for Utah courts.

She is ordered returned to the custody of her father without a full hearing. Wednesday morning, officers showed up at Timpview and yanked Shannon out of an LDS seminary class. They then handed her over to her father.

ABC News 4

September 17, 2010

by Brooke Adams

Until she entered foster care, Bianca Flores was too busy tending to her three younger siblings to attend school. Her mother was either sick or MIA, gone for nearly a week at a time. There was no dad - never had been. So Flores filled in as best she could

Numerous studies, both here and in other parts of the country, have highlighted the struggles of youth who age out of foster care, finding they are more likely to be homeless, unemployed, under-educated and in jail. One report released this month found nearly 60 percent of young men had been convicted of a crime, compared with 10 percent of young men who had never been in foster care. For women, three-quarters were on public assistance by age 24.

The Salt Lake Tribune

July 23, 2010

by Eileen Hallet Stone

Born in 1923, Abe Katz was a teenager when the Gestapo picked him up on the street outside his family home in the city of Lodz in central Poland.

Interned as slave labor for the German army, Abe was eventually sent to Auschwitz, tattooed with the number B6282, and with other prisoners put to work in the killing fields chopping wood, making bonfires, watching humanity burn, and burying bones. Four months later, he was shipped to the notorious satellite labor camp called Jaworzno.

The Salt Lake Tribune

May 6, 2010

by Brooke Adams

Numerous studies, both here and in other parts of the country, have highlighted the struggles of youth who age out of foster care, finding they are more likely to be homeless, unemployed, under-educated and in jail.

One report released this month found nearly 60 percent of young men had been convicted of a crime, compared with 10 percent of young men who had never been in foster care. For women, three-quarters were on public assistance by age 24.

Salt Lake Tribune

May 3, 2010

A generous heart, an innovative mind, tireless hands and an independent spirit. Dick died April 21 at age 94, having lived nearly his entire adult life in a cave above the Salmon River outside of Elk Bend.

Dick eschewed electricity and running water for life inside a cave and living off the land. Old windows from pickup trucks covered the front of his cave. He made what he needed -- from the yogurt to a fly swatter. He raised goats and grew his own food. He earned a few bucks by renting out nearby caves to those passing through, or those wanting to stay longer.

Salt Lake Tribune

May 2, 2010

WEST VALLEY CITY -- A missing 3-year-old girl from Minnesota was found in Utah after family reported her dad had taken her on Thursday.

Delpaso was arrested and booked into Salt Lake County Jail under a warrant out of Minnesota. The girl, Eva Anne, was refered to Child Protective Services. South St. Paul police are making arrangements to bring her home to her family, said West Valley City Police Lt. Dalan Taylor.

Deseret News

April 11, 2010

Child abuse investigations that involved "related parties" would be conducted by independent contractors if HB86 becomes law.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Lockhart, R-Provo, unanimously passed the Health and Human Services subcommittee Tuesday.

The Salt Lake Tribune

January 26, 2010

by James Thalman

A recommended 10 percent reduction in the budget for the state's foster families would turn taking care of the abused and neglected children in state custody from financial burden to financial impossibility, foster parents say.

A 10 percent cut is huge to foster families, all of whom spend more than they are paid for their efforts every month, Jennifer Gardner, a foster mother and foster family support group leader in Box Elder County, said Wednesday after lawmakers finished reviewing budget cut recommendations for this year and next. (This is simple not true -- ALL is a huge stretch. ~amh)

Deseret News

January 20, 2010

by Judy Fahys

Parker Jensen's parents -- who refused to have their son undergo chemotherapy for a diagnosed cancer -- clashed once again Thursday with Utah doctors and child-protection workers.

The state child protection office filed a medical neglect complaint against them when the Jensens resisted traditional treatment, and a judge ordered the state to take custody of the boy. But, after 11 court proceedings in five months, the state abandoned its fight for chemotherapy because Parker Jensen was convinced the treatments would kill him.

The Salt Lake Tribune

January 15, 2010

by Jason Bergreen

A 40-year-old Hooper woman was charged Monday with allegedly raping and having oral sex with her 14-year-old foster son several times in October.

Weber County deputies interviewed the boy at the Ogden Children's Justice Center. He said he didn't want to get his foster mother in trouble but acknowledged she had asked him not to "disclose information which could ruin the family or put Montag in jail," court documents state. Liz Sollis, spokeswoman for the Utah Department of Human Services, said all foster children have been removed from Montag's home.

The Salt Lake Tribune

November 3, 2009

Shaken baby syndrome. The seemingly innocuous term doesn't begin to describe the horrible damage that can be inflicted by simply shaking an infant so that the baby's head flops back and forth, even a few times.

Sometimes babies are shaken by abusive caregivers, but more often the shaking happens when a parent or sitter becomes frustrated with a period of constant crying and reacts without thinking or without knowing what harm it can cause. Tragically, shaken baby syndrome is on the increase, from 16 cases in 2005 to 48 in 2008.

The Salt Lake Tribune

November 3, 2009

by Kathryn Joyce

Carol Jordan, a 32-year-old pharmacy technician, was living in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1999 when she became pregnant. She'd already decided against abortion.

Looking through the Yellow Pages for help, she spotted an ad under "crisis pregnancies" for Bethany Christian Services. Bethany, it turned out, did not simply specialize in counseling pregnant women. It is the nation's largest adoption agency, with more than eighty-five offices in fifteen countries.

Pound Pup Legacy

August 26, 2009

by Kristin Chapman

A Utah judge has ruled against a lesbian woman who sought parental rights over a 2-year-old boy born to her former partner. The June 30 decision upheld Jana Dickson's right as the boy's biological parent to refuse visitation to Gena Edvalson.

"The fundamental rights of parents to raise children the way they see fit should not be threatened by the wishes and desires of a legal stranger," said ADF-allied attorney Frank D. Mylar. "The court correctly ruled that this little boy's right to his mother under state law is of far greater value than the wishes of someone who has no legal relationship to the child."

World Magazine

July 27, 2009

by Jacob Hancock

A South Salt Lake man faces up to 60 years in prison after disturbing medical evidence suggested he severely abused a toddler during several episodes of discipline over a two-week period while the child's mother, the man's girlfriend, was out of the house

Due to "severe blows to the lower abdomen" levels of a digestive enzyme in the toddler's pancreas soared from a healthy-high of 130 to 2,038, a 1,468 percent increase, the doctor told investigators. Elevated enzymes also indicated "traumatic injury" to the child's liver, the doctor reported.

Deseret News

July 17, 2009

by Kindall Nelson

Mentions of being paddled at school or having a corporal punishment policy tend to conjure up mental images of one room school-houses and boys in suspenders who were caught putting a frog in the lunch pail of a little girl with pigtails.

In fact, many parents are confounded to find out that their state actually allows children in public schools to be spanked by teachers and administrators. While Illinois has outlawed corporal punishment since 1993, there are still 22 states that still permit paddling, with only three have laws that restrict that use (AZ, OH, UT).

Chicago Special Education Examiner

June 10, 2009

by Julia Lyon

Utah's disabled residents, the mentally ill and at-risk youth would see dramatic cuts to the services they receive, including the elimination of scores of child abuse caseworkers, under legislators' budget recommendations for fiscal 2010.

An $8.1 million general fund slash to the Division of Child and Family Services budget would require the elimination of about 170 jobs, most of which would be caseworkers. Remaining caseworkers would see their caseloads rise sharply.

Salt Lake Tribune

February 12, 2009

by Brooke Adams

Attorneys for an FLDS mother will ask a Texas judge to seal a report leaked this week that described text messages sent to the woman's 14-year-old daughter.

Lawyers Valerie Malara and Brett Pritchard, who represent Barbara Jessop, said the report prepared by a guardian ad litem takes the calls out of context and does not accurately reflect the actual text messages.

Salt Lake Tribune

February 4, 2009

by Nadine Wimmer

At a time when budgets are tight, the state is launching a new investment program of sorts. It's offering college scholarships to several of Utah's most vulnerable young people, and the payoffs are already coming in.

Few people view studying for finals as a dream come true, but Heather Todd-O'Brien sees it that way. She was about to age out of the state's foster care system when she qualified for a new scholarship.

KSL News 5 (UT)

December 4, 2008

by Heidi Atkin

The Salt Lake County Youth Government Commission intends to minimize homelessness by creating housing options for foster-care children too old to remain in state custody, according to Marianne Brough, Youth EmployAbility Services.

She says that as many as 65 percent of youth who become too old for foster care land on the street within two years. As a ward of Utah's foster-care system, Michelle Connelley will lose her right to live with a foster-care family when she turns 18 next year. She is unsure where she will go or how she will afford her new independence; she says she feels anxious and naive.

The Salt Lake Tribune

October 11, 2008

by Ben Winslow

Texas child welfare authorities have begun drafting service plans for the children taken from the Fundamentalist LDS Church's YFZ Ranch.

"It's the plan that has to address the permanency," said Mary Walker, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. "Whether or not children will be unified with their parents or whether or not they will remain in foster care."

Deseret News

May 8, 2008

by Brian West

A former member of the Fundamentalist LDS Church herself, Mackert is making the rounds to talk about her past life as a polygamous wife.

Born and raised in Hildale, Utah, Mackert said she became the sixth of seven wives to a 50-year-old man when she was 17. "He was older than my father," she said.

Deseret News

April 28, 2008

A trial date for a homeschooling mom from Utah who fled the state when a judge threatened to take away custody of her children has been vacated, officials have confirmed.

Mafi had fled her Carbon County, Utah, home after a judge had ordered her to enroll her children with a public school within a day or he would remove them from her custody.

World Net Daily (UT)

January 12, 2008

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