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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.
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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.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | January 23, 2014
An Aberdeen woman was found guilty Thursday of child abuse and neglect. A Harford County Circuit Court jury in Bel Air found Kayla Marie Barker, 25, guilty of first-degree child abuse and neglect of a minor after two hours of deliberation, according to Harford State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly. Cassilly said evidence presented over the course of three days of testimony showed Barker had repeatedly beaten her 8-month old daughter in the head on April 17, 2012, causing multiple skull fractures because the child would not stop crying.
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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.
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By Andrea K. Walker | October 1, 2012
Fractures, head trauma, burns and other serious injuries among child abuse victims is on the rise, despite what data from child protective service agencies show, according to new research by Yale School of Medicine. Serious injuries from child abuse increased nearly 5 percent in the last 12 years, the study found. Child protective service agencies show a 55 percent drop in physical abuses cases from 1997 to 2009. Yale researchers said it raises questions on the accuracy in the way abuse cases are reported to child protective service agencies.
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March 6, 2010
As Maryland's leading child-abuse prevention organization, we at The Family Tree know that Senate Bill 689 will help protect Maryland's children from maltreatment. By providing clear guidance about how a parent may discipline his or her child, the bill both teaches parents appropriate behavior and protects children from dangerous abuse. The Family Tree wholeheartedly endorses Senate Bill 689 and applauds its co-sponsors, Sens. Jamie Raskin and Richard Madaleno. Child abuse takes a tremendous toll in the United States.
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September 13, 2011
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The mother of a 2-month-old girl who was fatally beaten at her home in Brunswick has pleaded guilty to second-degree child abuse for failing to protect her daughter from the girl's father. Twenty-one-year-old Jessica Peavy entered the plea Tuesday in Frederick. Frederick County State's Attorney Charlie Smith says the state will seek a one-year jail term, with 14 years suspended, at Peavy's sentencing Oct. 27. He says prosecutors also will ask for supervised probation with drug treatment.
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By Meredith Cohn | February 9, 2012
When children are abused, the human costs are high, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention : Children who were physically, sexually or psychologically abused are more likely to have poorer health, social and emotional difficulties and lower economic productivity. But the abuse also substantially impacts the nation's health care, education, criminal justice and welfare systems - the costs from abuse and neglect are approximately $124 million just from one year's worth of cases over the abused lifetimes, the CDC says in a new report.
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November 11, 2011
The scandal currently rocking Penn State and its beloved football coach Joe Paterno sheds important light on how we respond to child abuse. It's a reminder that the impact of remaining silent in the face of sexual abuse can be devastating. We mourn the humiliation of the university and the coach, but let's give equal attention to the suffering of the victims. Some of the abuse was likely preventable had adults in the know, at the time, put their foot down. Children depend on adults to protect them.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2013
A Severn father was found guilty of child neglect on Wednesday, but was acquitted of the most serious charge facing him - child abuse - in a case that stemmed from his 5-year-old son losing consciousness after drinking methadone. In a bench trial, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Hackner found Paul K. Brooks Sr., 28, guilty of seven charges, including drug possession, stemming from the September 2012 incident. Hackner said Brooks should have acted faster to get the child medical help when he began to get sick - but he noted that Brooks ultimately made the 911 call, according to a recording of the verdict.
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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.
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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.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against a couple who were found living with their two boys aboard a cold, filthy sailboat in the Magothy River this winter. Sherri Kelly, 44, and John J. Kelly, 53, initially were charged with failing to send the boys to school, second-degree child abuse and neglect of a minor. Natural Resources Police officers found them living in squalid conditions aboard a 28-foot sailboat, Suki Too, anchored at the mouth of Cypress Creek on the Magothy near Severna Park on Feb. 14. According to police and court records, the couple, an adult son, their two teenage boys and two dogs were living in a 10-foot by 9-foot area with two small makeshift mattresses.
NEWS
April 22, 2014
Even before news of the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal broke several years ago, parents had long been wary of leaving youngsters in the hands of strangers, and justifiably so. Those who assume the role of a coach, like that of a teacher or clergyman, deserve some extra scrutiny because of the potential risks and vulnerabilities involved. So why not mandate that all recreational coaches and volunteers go through background checks? Clearly, the goal is worthwhile - to reduce the incidence of child abuse.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
A 24-year-old Annapolis man charged with sexually abusing a child he was hired to babysit said he is "ashamed" and has apologized to the victim's family. Anne Arundel County Police said Andrew Dickinson Grabau, of Annapolis, was arrested on a warrant charging him with sex abuse of a minor, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, and second-degree assault. The investigation stemmed from allegations that he abused a child, who he had been hired to babysit, on numerous occasions between April 2013 and October 2013.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 3, 2014
An Aberdeen woman received a 25-year prison sentence Thursday for the severe beating of her infant daughter in 2012. In January, a Harford County jury found Kayla Marie Barker, 25, guilty of first-degree child abuse and neglecting a minor. She was sentenced by Harford Circuit Court Judge Stephen M. Waldron. Police investigations and subsequent testimony at her trial disclosed Barker, then 23, had repeatedly beaten her 9-month-old daughter in May 2012 because the child would not stop crying.
NEWS
November 10, 2011
Today we have witnessed a complete and total failure of the American higher education system ("Paterno fired," Nov. 10).  I am embarrassed that the educational system that I am a part of was responsible for affecting the lives of children in a negative way, not the positive ways that the good people in my field strive to do on a daily basis. This appalling scandal is not about touchdowns, a coaching legend's fall from grace, or money, this about breaching the trust that every parent that sends their child to college expects from us as educators.  Every person in higher education has a moral responsibility and expectation to protect the young men and women we interact with on a daily basis.
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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.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
A former employee at the Maryland School for the Deaf was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for sexually abusing two girls at the school. Clarence Cepheus Taylor III, 38, showed no emotion as Howard County Circuit Judge William V. Tucker pronounced the sentence after a three-hour hearing. A young man seated in the spectator's gallery stood up quickly, shouted in protest and stormed out of the courtroom. Taylor, who worked as a school aide, was found guilty in a jury trial in November of two counts of child sexual abuse for inappropriately touching a 10-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl at the Columbia campus.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | January 23, 2014
An Aberdeen woman was found guilty Thursday of child abuse and neglect. A Harford County Circuit Court jury in Bel Air found Kayla Marie Barker, 25, guilty of first-degree child abuse and neglect of a minor after two hours of deliberation, according to Harford State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly. Cassilly said evidence presented over the course of three days of testimony showed Barker had repeatedly beaten her 8-month old daughter in the head on April 17, 2012, causing multiple skull fractures because the child would not stop crying.
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