8-year-old dies after allegedly mistaking
dad’s crystal meth for breakfast cereal
JACKSON COUNTY, IN – Prosecutors are hoping to put a man in prison for 50 years after his young son died from accidentally ingesting crystal meth.
Curtis Collman is charged with the death of his 8-year-old son, Curtis, Jr., in addition to facing charges for pointing a firearm, theft and failure to register as a sex offender.
On June 21, investigators said the second grader started eating what he thought was breakfast cereal on a plate after telling his father he was hungry.
Instead, police said the boy was eating crystal meth. By the time he was done, Curtis had consumed 180 times the lethal limit.
“Just your worst nightmare as a parent,” Jackson County chief deputy prosecutor Jeffrey Chalfant said.
The boy’s father allegedly threatened a female friend at gunpoint when she tried to call 911 for help. Prosecutors said he even stopped his own parents from getting help for the boy, who was having seizures and convulsing.
“An 8-year-old child more than likely suffered for many hours,” detective Tom Barker said. “It upsets you.”
Investigators said the elder Collman’s previous record includes charges for trafficking and sexual misconduct with a minor. He was also arrested by police once for a high-speed chase.
The suspect is seeking to have his bond reduced to await trial at home. Prosecutors say they’re going to fight to keep him behind bars.
Man wanted for sexual battery and
Child Abuse captured in Mexico after
27 years on the run
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
A fugitive is back in the U.S. after he had been hiding in Mexico for 27 years.
Earl Jay Slaton, 72, was seen in his mugshot wearing oxygen tubes.
Slaton was wanted out of Florida for sexual battery of a victim under the age of 18 and aggravated child abuse.
A warrant was issued for Slaton’s arrest in 1990.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals detective Rich White told ABC News it is common for the departments to cycle through old files to see if there are ever new leads. He said that Slaton’s case is the oldest file in their memory.
Investigators said a tip led to his arrest in a small town outside Mexico City, where he was living with his new wife.
Slaton is being held without bond at a Florida jail.
Father Arrested in Case of Child Abuse Caught on Camera
SAN JOSE, CA – Security camera video that showed a man dropping, throwing and slinging a child outside a Riverside home led to the arrest of the boy’s father, according to police.
In the video captured July 5, a man can be seen arguing with a woman identified as the man’s girlfriend, according to police. He is seen holding the young child — police said the boy is 18 months old — and speaking to the woman before dropping him.
During the confrontation, the man appeared to swing the boy at the woman.
Police were first alerted to the video by someone who posted it to a Facebook group page. Officers searched door-to-door in the neighborhood and located the man in the Montecito Estates subdivision of the Riverwalk neighborhood in Riverside.
The child suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated for cuts and bruises at a hospital. He was released to his mother.
The boy’s father, identified by police as 27-year-old Techoak Lim, was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment. NBC4 is attempting to confirm whether he has an attorney.
Police said the mother and father are separated and share custody of the child. The woman seen in the video is not the mother of the child.
AG Paxton’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Named Best in the Nation
AUSTIN, TX – Attorney General Ken Paxton today congratulated the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of his office after it received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s award of excellence in fighting fraud, waste and abuse.
Attorney General Paxton’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit was selected for the top award from 50 units nationwide because of its highly effective collaboration with the Office of the Inspector General, the FBI and other federal partners. During fiscal year 2017, the unit obtained 108 indictments, 137 convictions and led the nation in recovering more than $534 million.
“Medicaid fraud drives up the cost of health care for all of us and steals from taxpayer-funded programs that help Texans receive medical care,” Attorney General Paxton said. “All Texans should be proud that they have the best Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the country working for them. My office will continue to crack down on anyone who schemes to evade the law and profit from defrauding the Medicaid program.”
In honoring Attorney General Paxton’s Medicaid Fraud Unit, the Office of Inspector General highlighted several of the unit’s most notable collaborative successes from last year, including:
Participation in 121 joint investigations, such as a national health care fraud takedown involving 14 individuals and $49 million in fraudulent billings.
A multi-agency investigation resulting in the conviction of a Houston home health care owner and several individuals resulting in prison sentences and more than $22 million in restitution.
A multi-agency investigation that stopped a medical biller after it stole the personal identifying information of over 1,500 Medicaid and Medicare recipients, which was used to obtain food stamp benefit cards and credit cards in Texas and other states.
The Office of Inspector General’s prestigious award of excellence was presented to Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Division Chief Stormy Kelly during a ceremony on Monday in Washington, D.C. Since 2000, the Office of Attorney General of Texas has recovered more than $1.8 billion for taxpayers under the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act.
A Pennsylvania woman has been jailed and charged by Waynesboro police after a 1-year-old boy was treated in March for a number of injuries.
Jessica Samick, 21, of Greencastle, is charged with a felony count of endangering the welfare of a child and a misdemeanor count of simple assault.
According to court documents, the child’s mother filed a report of child abuse in March after her toddler was in Samick’s care for several days in Waynesboro. She told police she had a difficult time getting Samick to return her son and noticed bruising on his face once he was finally back in her care.