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Seckman pleads guilty to misdemeanor charge
Joseph Seckman, a subject of a nationwide law enforcement search in September, 2011, appeared in Tyler County Circuit Court on Thursday, July 19.
Seckman and his wife, Jessica, were apprehended in Flagstaff, Ariz. in October following a routine traffic stop, and were extradited to Tyler County to face charges. The couple had fled the state while under investigation by Child Protective Services, taking Mrs. Seckman's daughter out of school and failing to inform the child's father of her whereabouts for over a month, in violation of a a custody agreement.
July 25, 2012
W.Va. to cut child care, social program funding
West Virginia plans to scale back child-care aid - freezing enrollment and then ending it for some families while increasing costs for the rest - and also will cut $9.5 million in annual funding for other social services.
The changes would drop an estimated 1,425 children from a program that helps their parents afford day care and other settings outside the home. The program served more than 24,000 children during the past budget year, at a cost of $54 million, according to figures provided by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
June 21, 2012
Hundreds of W.Va. families to lose child-care subsidies
An estimated 800 families with 1,400 children will be affected by cuts to child-care subsidies by the state Department of Health and Human Resources, starting next year, DHHR officials announced today.
Eligible families will also have higher co-payments, starting Aug. 1. The co-payments will more than double, rising from 5 percent to 12 percent. Between cuts to eligibility and the increase in co-pay amounts, the state expects to save nearly $8 million per year, DHHR spokesman John Law said.
June 21, 2012
Wandering boy claimed by parents
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An unidentified 4-year-old child who wandered away from home was found "roaming the area" of the 3200 block of Third Avenue this morning.
Patrolman Mike Dolin of the Charleston Police Department said they received the complaint at about 9 a.m. The complainant could not locate the child's parents or caretaker. For about an hour, police went door-to-door to area residents in hopes of identifying the child. "We brought him back to the station and contacted (Child Protective Services)," Dolin said. "We signed custody of the kid over to CPS, and about half an hour later we put out a newscast."
June 15, 2012
Mother's care was spotty, case manager says in murder trial
A case manager with Child Protective Services relied on the mother of a 3-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis to say whether the child consistently received medication and went to doctors' appointments, a Putnam County jury heard Tuesday.
Testimony continued Tuesday during the trial of Tracy Wright, 28, of Hurricane, who is accused of neglecting the medical condition of her daughter, Ashley, which allegedly resulted in her death. Wright is charged with murder of a child by a parent, guardian or custodian by refusal or failure to supply necessities and child neglect resulting in death. Jurors heard about two hours of testimony Tuesday from Gail Noullette, a case manager with the state Department of Health and Human Resources. Noullette relied on Wright to know whether Ashley had received her prescribed medications and attended doctors' appointments, she said.
October 18, 2011
West Virginia State Superintendent: Homeschoolers Need More Oversight
In her first address to West Virginia's joint standing committee on education this week, incoming West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple criticized homeschoolers.
According to a West Virginia homeschooler who posted to an Internet group, Speaker pro tem and Delegate Ron Fragale told her that Mrs. Marple said "West Virginia homeschoolers need more oversight, better standards, better evidence of progress; homeschoolers have too much flexibility." "West Virginia already requires an annual notification and annual assessment from every family. Only a minority of the United States require this much interaction between homeschoolers and government officials," he added.
May 19, 2011
State gets $1M-plus in adoption incentives
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- More than $1 million in federal funds have been approved for West Virginia to encourage more adoptions of children in foster care.
The funding was announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The department said the adoption incentive awards are intended to improve states' child welfare programs.
The Charleston Gazette
September 16, 2010
Woman charged with abusing son
A Charleston woman is facing a child abuse charge after an elementary school principal noticed severe bruising on her young son's upper body.
Charleston detectives and Child Protective Services workers went to Kenna Elementary School Friday morning to investigate after Karen Price, the school's principal, noticed bruising on a 9-year-old student.
Charleston Daily Mail
June 2, 2010
New WVU course trains lawyers on child abuse and neglect cases
A new West Virginia University College of Law course aims to teach future lawyers how to handle these physically and emotionally intense cases.
West Virginia ranks high among states in the nation in the number of children who are abused or neglected. The most horrific situations often end up in the court system. The "Child Protection and Law" course starts this semester. Catherine Munster will lecture to a full class of law school students each Thursday night.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
January 12, 2010
Lonaconing man charged in alleged abuse of child
LONACONING -- A 27-year-old Lonaconing man was arrested by C3I Friday on a warrant charging him with third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense and sexual abuse of a minor.
The mother of the 6-year-old victim reported possible child abuse by a relative to the Maryland State Police. The name of the suspect is being withheld by C3I in an attempt to help protect the identity of the victim.
January 9, 2010
Fayette man charged
A Fayette County man was jailed on $250,000 bond after being charged with nearly 100 counts of sexual offenses against three minor children, authorities said.
Christopher Michael Wilson, 33, of Glen Jean, was charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian, 40 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, 10 counts of employment of a minor to produce obscene matter and two counts of use of obscene matter with intent to seduce a minor, Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said.
August 21, 2009
Inwood man charged with 'beating' child
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Sgt. D.E. Boober of the West Virginia State Police was notified by Child Protective Services that they had received a referral on July 7 that a juvenile female victim, who was currently in foster care, has been beaten by Lowman, 31, according to the criminal complaint.
July 18, 2009
Prison Nursery Programs a Growing Trend in Women's Prisons
The Women's Prison Association (WPA) has released the first-ever national report on prison nursery programs. The report examines the expansion of prison nursery programs across the U.S.
These programs allow incarcerated women to keep their newborns with them in prison for a finite period of time. The report finds that the number of prison-based nursery programs is growing, but that such programs are still relatively rare.
July 13, 2009
Baltimore foster care case nears end
For a quarter-century, lawyers for Baltimore foster children have been telling a judge horrific stories of abuse and neglect. The child welfare system, failed these children time and again by shrugging off reforms it was ordered to make as a result of a f
That has changed, the lawyers said Tuesday. Convinced that the state Department of Human Resources, which oversees child welfare and the city's more than 5,000 foster children, has finally made enough progress on changes first ordered by a judge in 1988, the lawyers on Monday filed a motion that could eventually end federal court oversight.
The Baltimore Sun
June 24, 2009
133 Indictments On Child Sex Assault Charges
Douglas Charles Jackson faces 133 felony charges resulting from alleged sexual offenses against two family members.
Jackson, 40, formerly of 504 1/2 N. Wabash St. on Wheeling Island, has been held since Oct. 23 at the Northern Regional Jail at Moundsville in lieu of $1 million bond.
May 13, 2009
Parents charged with child neglect
HUNTINGTON -- Police removed two children from non-livable conditions early Monday morning in Marcum Terrace, according to an incident report filed at the Huntington Police Department.
The police report described the children as a 2-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy. It states they were "naked, unkept and unattended inside of the residence." Police found numerous potentially fatal objects and substances within reach of the children. Child Protective Services took custody of both children.
The Herald Dispatch
February 9, 2009
Woman sentenced for child neglect
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman charged with a felony count of child neglect after her 23-month-old boy was found shivering and poorly dressed outside in sub-freezing weather conditions in December.
Wanda M. Murphy, 41, of 320 Twigg Drive, was placed on unsupervised probation for two years, Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Saunders said. A 90-day jail sentence was suspended and Murphy was ordered to pay court costs, Saunders said.
February 5, 2009
As year comes to end, Maynard looks back
CHARLESTON -- As the year 2008 draws to a close, so does my third term as Chief Justice as well as my term on the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.
In 2007, there were 34,556 new cases filed in family courts in West Virginia. Of those, 14,779 were domestic violence, 11,796 were divorces, and 7,981 were other domestic relations. There also were 15,539 modification and contempt proceedings in cases reopened during the year, which were not counted as new cases filed. Those proceedings accounted for 44.9 percent of the family court judges' statewide workload.
West Virginia Record
December 11, 2008
Child Found Wandering, Child Protective Service To Investigate
According to deputies, Child Protective Services plans to investigate a local mother whose child was found wandering in Wheeling.
Reports said a couple driving by saw a 4-year-old child alone at Kruger Street and Sligar Avenue Wednesday afternoon.
September 18, 2008
Social work officials: More help is needed
During this year's regular session, the West Virginia Legislature considered, but did not pass, a bill designed to improve social worker safety.
The bill would have increased criminal penalties for those who commit felony or misdemeanor assault and battery on child protective or adult protective service workers in the field. The Legislature this year did pass a bill providing adult and child protective services workers personal immunity from civil liability, meaning that they cannot be sued for doing their job.
August 5, 2008
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