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Teacher Not Reported For Child Sex Abuse

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Teacher remained in classroom seven years after the investigation.

District wastes $369,000 fighting
Child Abuse disclosure

East Bay Times, California  –  Let the case of Bay Area News Group vs. Mt. Diablo Unified School District serve as a reminder to all government officials that compliance with the state Public Records Act is not optional.

They have a responsibility to provide public documents, and there are consequences if they don’t.  If officials don’t understand the importance of transparency, they should quit.

At issue in the Mt. Diablo case was reporter Matthias Gafni’s request in 2013 for a 2006 investigation report pertaining to teacher Joseph Martin.

The report raised the issue of child abuse, but police were never notified.  Martin remained in the classroom another seven years after the investigation, before he was arrested and later convicted of molesting students.

For 2 1/2 years, the district fought release of the document.  Finally, in January, a judge ordered it made public, and the district was threatened with a contempt motion if it didn’t comply.

After losing the litigation, the district this month had to send our lawyer, Duffy Carolan, a $225,000 check to cover our legal expenses.  In addition, the district spent $134,000 for its attorney, Kevin Gilbert.

Mt. Diablo school Trustees Linda Mayo, Cheryl Hansen, Brian Lawrence, Barbara Oaks and Debra Mason owe taxpayers, parents, teachers, students and voters an explanation of why they wasted $369,000 of public money in a futile attempt to keep the report hidden.  That money could have funded four classroom teachers for a year.

For his part, Gilbert managed to supplement his billable hours, first at the Meyers Nave law firm and later at Lozano Smith.  He, too, owes an explanation of why he pursued such a misguided and costly legal strategy.

He will undoubtedly try to hide behind attorney-client privilege to avoid explaining the logic.  But trustees can, and should, waive that privilege.

The public is entitled to see reports that find employee wrongdoing.

In the 2006 findings, investigator Mark S. Williams, an attorney hired by the district, warned that “this report would not be honest and its conclusions not fully supported if I did not report that the circumstances surrounding these allegations did not at least suggest the subject matter of potential child abuse.”

The district’s leading argument for secrecy was that the report was legal advice protected by attorney-client privilege.  But that privilege doesn’t apply if Williams was acting as an investigator, which he was, and any privilege would be waived if the district shared the report with others, which it did.

Then, there’s the big question of why, after the investigator warned of potential child abuse, no one called police as the law requires.  For that, we still haven’t received a good answer.

We Appreciate You Sue!!!!

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Katrina Flores-Kennedy, 27

Woman arrested in Child Abuse case

LOCHBUIE, Colorado – A child seen being abused in a video shared widely on social media is now in protective custody and his mother in jail.

A Lochbuie woman identifying herself only as Sue, said she reported the abuse to police nine days after recording Katrina Flores-Kennedy on April 30.

The dark, cell phone video is disturbing.  The screams of who Lochbuie police believe is Flores-Kennedy can be heard yelling at her toddler son about a lost phone charger.

The boy, wearing a t-shirt and diaper, can be seen crying as his mother yells at him and hits him.

Sue did not want to appear on camera or give her full name, fearing for her safety after posting the video.

“I was only trying to help.  I know everybody’s seen (it), and everybody’s making it like I’m a monster for recording it, but they don’t understand the situation and the circumstances,” she said.

Sue explained she didn’t step in to help the child out of fear and did what she thought was best.

“She was still in my home.  I was scared.  I was terrified.  I didn’t know what to do,” she said.

Flores-Kennedy and her son were temporarily staying in Sue’s home at the time.  Now, the boy is in protective custody but only after Sue said she posted the video online when she didn’t think police were taking action to protect the child.

Sue’s sister said the family is getting death threats.

“It’s extremely hard.  People don’t know the emotional effects that we’re going through being the ones who put it out there.  But nobody wanted to see that baby hurt anymore and if this is what it takes, so what if the world hates us.  At least that baby is saved,” her sister said.

The 27-year-old mother is charged with three counts of child abuse.

She appeared in court by jailhouse video Thursday afternoon.  A judge ordered a $3,000 bond, and is keeping Flores-Kennedy from contacting her son or anyone under the age of 18.  She will be back in court next Friday.

The woman who recorded the video was also cited for child abuse. Late Wednesday night around 10:40 p.m., Lochbuie police officers wrote Sue a citation.  She said she will fight those charges.

CPS At Fault In 2 More Child Deaths

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Insist on Realignment of CPS

Investigation Faults NYC Child Welfare Agency in 2 Deaths

The long arm of CPS is very obvious in the latter part of this article, as the media attempts to downplay the severity of these Children’s deaths and suffering.  The corruption within CPS has ruined too many families, stolen too many of Our Children’s futures, and finally have been seen for what they are by at least 2 or more Federal Judges just in the last months.

How can over 3,000,000 reports of Child Abuse yearly equal just 686,000 legitimate cases?   Now you think about one thing, less than 25% of the cases of Child Abuse are reported, so in reality, that translates to over 12,000,000 instances of Child Abuse happen yearly.
~Robert StrongBow~

NEW YORK  –  “The children were placed in danger due to lax supervision by the Administration for Children’s Services and that the agency, known as ACS, failed to follow its own rules.”

New York City’s child welfare agency failed to protect two children who died and a third who was starved by his parents and nearly died in 2014, a report released Tuesday says.

The report by the city Department of Investigation found that the children were placed in danger due to lax supervision by the Administration for Children’s Services and that the agency, known as ACS, failed to follow its own rules.

“Our investigation demonstrated that in several instances ACS failed to property investigate allegations of child abuse and as a result missed opportunities to protect children,” department commissioner Mark G. Peters said.

ACS spokeswoman Jill Krauss said Mayor Bill de Blasio has invested more than $100 million to strengthen the child welfare system since the three cases happened.  The new funding has allowed the agency to hire 700 new staff members and reduce caseloads to “a historic low” of 10 to 12 children per caseworker, Krauss said.

The children in the three cases were identified by aliases to protect their privacy.

One of the cases involved a child who was abused and starved by his parents for at least two years before he was removed from the home.  The child is now in foster care and criminal cases against his parents are pending.

Another child died at home under suspicious circumstances.  During the 12 years prior to his death, ACS had investigated 11 reports of abuse concerning the boy’s mother.  The description appears to match the death of 4-year-old Juan Sanchez on April 29, 2014.  No one was charged in his death.

The third child was beaten to death by her mother, who is now serving a lengthy prison sentenceThe girl died despite a 12-year history of interventions by ACS into the mother’s parenting ability, the report said.

Some advocates said the focus on tragic deaths of children should not obscure the work that social service agencies do to support families in difficult circumstances.

“It’s unclear how much generalizing one can do from three admittedly horrible cases,” said Susan Jacobs, special counsel to the Center for Family Representation, which represents parents in family court.  “Every single day parents who struggle with the conditions of living in poverty are successfully reunited with their children with the help of many support services and advocacy efforts.”

Richard Wexler, executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, said that while it’s possible to learn from ACS’ worst failures, “those failures don’t, in and of themselves, tell us what is systemically wrong with ACS, or any other agency.”

Horrific Child Abuse Case

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House where “Horrific” Child Abuse was discovered

8 children rescued from San Antonio home

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Authorities have rescued eight unsupervised children from a San Antonio home where a two-year-old boy was chained to the ground in the backyard and a three-year-old girl was tied to a door with a dog leash, sheriff’s officials said Friday.

Deputies arrived at the home after receiving a call just before midnight about a child crying for a long time,  Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesman James Keith said.  The deputies didn’t get a response when they knocked on the front door, and when they looked in the backyard they discovered the two restrained children.

“It makes you sick to see something like this.  It makes you angry… This is as disturbing as it gets,” Keith told CBS affiliate KENS.

“To call this horrific would be an understatement,” he added.

The boy had a metal chain strapped around his ankle, with the other end of the chain fixed to the ground, Keith said, adding: “It was the same kind of setup you would use for a dog.”  Both children were taken to the hospital, and the girl was being treated for a broken arm, he said.

Deputies later found six unsupervised children inside the house on San Antonio’s northeast side.  Two people identified as parents of those six children arrived later and were taken into custody for questioning, Keith said.  The children, between the ages of 10 months and 13 years, were placed in the care of child welfare authorities.

The mother of those six children, 34-year-old Porucha Phillips, was later arrested, Keith said.  He said Phillips was being held at a county magistrate’s office facing two charges of injury to a child by omission.  One of the charges alleges serious bodily injury.

Keith said authorities believe that Phillips was also responsible for the two children found outside.  It was unclear if Phillips had an attorney, and The Associated Press couldn’t immediately find a working phone number for her or the home.

The local district attorney’s office didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment, and the name of the father hasn’t been released.

The two children found confined in the backyard also are in the temporary custody of child welfare workers.  Keith said the boy and girl are believed to be siblings, and that authorities were “actively trying to find their parents.”

CO School Board Member Has Child Abuse Past

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MiDian Holmes

New DPS board member once convicted of
Child Abuse

DENVER, CO  –  The newest board member for Denver Public Schools was once convicted of child abuse, according to court documents obtained by 9NEWS.

MiDian Holmes, the newly appointed board director for northeast Denver and DPS Board President Anne Rowe spoke exclusively to 9NEWS reporter Noel Brennan Wednesday afternoon at the district’s headquarters.

“I guess the best way to put it, is my biggest nightmare as a parent happened,” Holmes said, describing a November 2005 incident involving her then two-year-old daughter.

Holmes said she was getting ready for work when her daughter wandered out of the apartment.  Holmes said she discovered her child was missing and noticed her front door was cracked open.  She said she went outside to look for her child.

“A neighbor saw me panicked and looking – she saw the panic in my eyes and she came to me,” Holmes described.  “She said, ‘Do you have a daughter?’  And I said, ‘Yes’ and she said, ‘I found her and I took her to the leasing office.’”

Holmes said police were called and she was charged with “wrongs to minors,” a violation of Denver city code.  Court records obtained by 9NEWS show the case was dismissed and Holmes was ordered to take parenting classes and sentenced to one year of probation.

“I wanted to move forward.  I wanted to move on,” Holmes said.  “I wanted to, you know, put this behind me and raise my kids, and I did.”

School Board President Anne Rowe said Holmes disclosed details of the 2005 incident during the application process.

“MiDian was very up-front and candid with regard to the situation that happened approximately 10 years ago with her daughter,” Rowe said.

However, court records obtained by 9NEWS showed a separate 2006 case in which Holmes pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child abuse charge.  The records showed a jail sentence of 15 days was imposed and Holmes’ probation was extended six months.

Holmes denied that the 2006 case was separate.

“The case would have to be related to the situation that took place with my daughter,” Holmes said, adding “I’ve never been to jail.”

Holmes later clarified that she spent 16 hours in jail after failing to appear in court for a traffic ticket.

School Board President Anne Rowe said she couldn’t comment on the 2006 child abuse case.

“I can’t really speak to that right now,” she said.  “I am comfortable in the decision we made.”

A spokeswoman for Denver Public Schools also addressed a typo in a press release sent out Tuesday which stated MiDian Holmes graduated from the University of Denver.

According to DU, Holmes attended two quarters at the university but did not graduate. Nancy Mitchell, DPS chief communication officer, clarified Wednesday that Holmes received a degree from National Association of Credit Management.

On Wednesday, Denver Public Schools sent out the following statement:

While we have directly responded to a number of inquiries today regarding our newly selected board member, MiDian Holmes, we would like to take this opportunity to respond in writing.  Prior to Ms. Holmes being appointed to the board seat representing Northeast Denver, she informed board members about a situation in which she was accused of neglecting her 2-year-old daughter.  Here is what she shared with board members:

When this occurred more than a decade ago, Ms. Holmes was the single mother of three young children under the age of 10.  After seeing her two oldest children off for the day, and while her young daughter was sleeping, Ms. Holmes showered in preparation for her work day.  When she emerged from the bathroom, she discovered her daughter was no longer in bed and the apartment door was ajar. She ran outside to search for her child and a neighbor, noticing her frantic searching, let her know that she had found the young girl and had taken her to the leasing office of the apartment complex.  Ms. Holmes went to the office and was told they had contacted police; police had picked up the girl.  Ms. Holmes was charged with neglecting her daughter in the case.  She was unable to afford an attorney but did not meet the income requirements to qualify for a public defender.  She represented herself and, after a discussion with the prosecuting attorney, agreed to plead guilty.  She was eager to put the situation behind her and move forward with her family. Ms. Holmes was sentenced to parenting classes and she satisfactorily completed the requirement.  At no time did Ms. Holmes inaccurately respond to questions on the board member application or questionnaire.  She also did not represent on her resume that she graduated from the University of Denver; she simply indicated she had attended the school.  The press release from the DPS Office of Communications incorrectly stated she was a DU graduate.

Holmes was selected from nine finalists to complete the four-year term vacated by Landri Taylor who resigned in February.  Landri’s term is set to expire in 2017.

During a special meeting Tuesday, the DPS Board of Education announced Holmes as the new Board Director for northeast Denver. She is set to be sworn in at the Board of Education work session Monday, April 18.