UPDATE – Special Ed teacher arrested, charged with CA
HENDERSONVILLE, TN – A George A. Whitten Elementary School special education teacher was arrested and charged with child abuse.
According to Sumner County School officials, 45-year-old April Chandler was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.
The arrest affidavit said an aide at the school told police Chandler forcefully and angrily grabbed a 5-year-old nonverbal autistic boy, causing him to have scratches and red marks.
The witness detailed another incident when Chandler was reading a story to the students as the young boy tried to sit in her lap. The affidavit says Chandler pushed the boy off of her and he fell down.
A second aide told officers Chandler was roughly changing the boy’s clothes. When the boy began to cry, she mocked the boy’s appearance.
After officers spoke with the school employees, Chandler was arrested on November 18. She has since been released on bond.
Chandler is expected to appear in court on December 11.
The Texas Medical Board has suspended the license of a North Texas physician after his arrest on charges of child sex assault and drug possession.
Timothy Morris Collins, 53, of Arlington was booked into the Tarrant County jail Oct. 30 on two counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of possession of 1 to 4 grams of a controlled substance. He posted $52,500 bond the following day, court records show.
A disciplinary panel of the state’s medical board temporarily suspended his license without notice Thursday “after determining his continuation in the practice of medicine poses a continuing threat to public welfare,” the board said in a written statement.
Collins, who specializes in family medicine, has been licensed since 1995. According to the board and his LinkedIn profile, he practices at Plano-based North Texas Medical Specialists.
Court records indicate that the incidents that led to the sexual assault charges took place in 1995 and 2012. Police have not released any additional information about those charges.
A criminal complaint for the drug charge says Collins was in possession of methamphetamine Oct. 29.
Collins was arrested in 2016 on a drug-possession charge after authorities said he had meth, but a Tarrant County grand jury opted not to indict him.
The state medical board has twice taken disciplinary action against him in the past.
In 2011, the board found Collins had failed to keep accurate records about his purchases and disposal of controlled substances and ordered him to take continuing medical education and pay a $1,000 fine.
Three years later, the board found that Collins had solicited a patient for financial help, kept medical records that didn’t support multiple patients’ prescriptions to controlled substances and didn’t cooperate with the board.
In lieu of suspending his license, the board put Collins on a probationary period that included a public reprimand, oversight of his practice by another physician and the requirement that he reapply to the Drug Enforcement Admin-istration and Texas Department of Public Safety to be able to prescribe controlled substances.
Woman charged with Child Abuse after jumping gate to attack neighbor kids
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT – A woman is facing child abuse charges after police said she jumped over the neighbor’s fence and attempted to assault two juveniles Saturday evening.
According to charging documents, police were called by a juvenile to a home on Redwing Street in West Valley City around 5:45 p.m. on a child abuse report.
When police arrived, they were told by two juveniles that Jessica Bawden had thrown multiple branches from a tree at them while they were playing in their own backyard and then she ran to the front of their home and jumped over a gate in the side yard that leads to the backyard.
The victims told police that the suspect then chased them around the backyard, screaming “I’m going to kill you!” and attempted to grab one of the juvenile’s neck but missed his neck and grabbed his shirt.
The juvenile was reportedly able to break free of Bawden’s grasp, enter his home, lock the doors and call the police.
When police approached Bawden and attempted to detain her, she resisted and pulled away from the officers. Officers had to use physical force in order to take her into custody.
Officers said Bawden smelled strongly of alcohol at the time of her arrest.
Bawden is facing charges of child abuse, interfering with arresting officers, the threat of violence and intoxication.
Man charged with murder, Child Abuse in Midland toddler’s death
MIDLAND, MI – A Kalamazoo County man is charged with murder in connection with the death of a Midland toddler.
Damian A. Garrett, 23, of Augusta, on Friday, Sept. 20, appeared in Midland County District Court for arraignment on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse. Both are life offenses, with the former mandating no possible parole if convicted.
The arraigning judge denied granting Garrett bond.
Police had arrested Garrett in the early morning hours of Thursday, Sept. 19. Two days prior, at about 3:05 p.m., police responded to an apartment in the 5200 block of Hedgewood Drive for a report of a child not breathing. They arrived to find emergency medical responders in the process of rendering CPR to an unresponsive girl.
The 21-month-old girl, identified by Midland County Prosecutor J. Dee Brooks as Skylar N. Papple, was transported to Mid-Michigan Medical Center where staff pronounced her dead.
Garrett was in a dating relationship with the child’s mother, police have said.
Brooks said Skylar died due to drowning and also suffered some secondary head trauma. Garrett had been home alone with Skylar, giving her a bath, Brooks said.
At some point, he ran to neighbors’ homes seeking help, then flagged down a UPS driver, who called 911, Brooks said.
Garrett is to appear for a preliminary examination at 2 p.m. on Oct. 15.