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By L. Anthony Loman | July 25, 2014
Over the past year Maryland's Department of Human Resources has begun implementing a different approach to families reported for child abuse and neglect called "Alternative Response" (AR). Also referred to as "Differential Response," similar reforms to Child Protection Services (CPS) have been implemented in other states during the past 20 years. The common theme of these reforms is a recognition that the situations of families differ substantially and that responses to child maltreatment reports should vary accordingly.
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NEWS
July 18, 2014
We recently witnessed another senseless mass shooting that injured one child and took the lives of four children and two adults ("Texas shooting suspect collapses in courtroom," July 12). The shooting in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, illustrates how our federal gun laws are insufficient when it comes to domestic abusers and how easily they can still get their hands on guns. Ron Lee Haskell, the accused shooter, is a domestic abuser who previously had been arrested for assaulting his wife.
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By Daniel Heimpel | July 17, 2014
Earlier this month, The Baltimore Sun published an important story describing the expansion of Alternative Response (AR) across Maryland (" A new tactic to halt child abuse in Maryland ," July 5). The new system assigns child abuse and neglect cases to one of two tiered tracks based upon whether they are deemed low or high risk. High risk cases are formally investigated, low risk ones are not. While Maryland's Department of Human Resources, certain advocates, and a clot of consultants and evaluators celebrate the move to what they see as an evolution in the state's response to child abuse, they are missing - or worse, disregarding - simple documented truths that should shake any reasonable person's confidence.
NEWS
July 15, 2014
Anne Arundel County police say a 50-year-old Glen Burnie man has been charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult based on allegations he inappropriately touched a 21-year-old man. Police say on Monday they were called to Opportunity Builders, at 8855 Veterans Highway in Millersville, for a report of vulnerable adult abuse. A 21-year-old diagnosed with autism said he was sexually abused by a staff member sometime between May 15 and June 15. The man told detectives the staff member touched him sexually while he was using a bathroom at the center.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
A jury has convicted a Pasadena man of abusing and raping a young girl over a three-year period in the 1990s, according to the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office. Charging documents had alleged that the girl was abused dozens of times between the ages of 4 and 8 at a home in Glen Burnie. She reported the abuse last year when she was 21 years old, according to documents. James Patrick Lawyer Sr., 62, of the 800 block of Neptune Drive was convicted Friday of child abuse, two counts of second-degree sex offense, three counts of third-degree sex offense, second-degree rape and unnatural or perverted practice.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
A teenage boy has been charged with sexually abusing another boy while both were attending Young Marines activities in Anne Arundel County over the past two years, county police said Monday. Police said the victim reported Sunday that he was sexually abused by the older boy, police said. According to police, the older boy was a squad leader in the Annapolis chapter of the Young Marines and oversaw younger children in the organization. The abuse allegedly occurred at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Glen Burnie and a park in Pasadena, police said.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
A 19-year-old Baltimore woman was arrested and charged Thursday in the beating death of her 21-month-old son last week, police said. According to charging documents, Cierra Curtis ran up to officers about 11:50 p.m. on June 30 near the Red Carpet Inn in the 5800 block of Reisterstown Rd. saying, "I'm not a bad mother; my baby's not breathing. " Curtis' boyfriend carried the child, Jayden Curtis, who was gasping for air, to officers, police said. The officers performed CPR on Jayden Curtis, and he was taken to Sinai Hospital, but he was pronounced dead less than an hour later, police said.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
Baltimore is changing the way it handles cases of alleged child abuse and neglect - part of a broad social-services strategy that has been touted by Maryland officials but abandoned in some other states. The new approach, which is designed to lessen the adversarial relationship between families and caseworkers, puts cases on different tracks depending on whether they are deemed high or low risk. The tiered response, used in 23 states, is regarded as a best practice by many child advocates.
FEATURES
By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) is currently treating a 3-year-old mixed breed dog who appears to be the victim of severe abuse. Sophia was brought to the shelter last week by city animal control officers with multiple scars on her face and head and with no lower jaw. She is also missing upper teeth. BARCS officials said the wounds on her face looked to be bite marks. Despite her extensive injuries and clearly traumatic past, Sophia is loving and sweet and still trusts humans, they said.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
A former youth counselor at Fort George G. Meade has pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact and sexual abuse of a minor in federal court. Anthony Dennis Williams II, 28, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Friday. In the plea, Williams acknowledged engaging in sexual contact with a child between the age of 12 and 16. At sentencing, Williams will face a maximum of two years in prison on the sexual contact charge and 15 years on the sexual abuse charge. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys said a sentence of seven to 10 years would be appropriate, according to the plea agreement.
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