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January 14, 2012
The circumstances that led to the arrest of Robert Richardson III on charges of killing his father were tragic ("No bail for Bel Air teen accused of patricide," Jan. 12). Although many details have yet to be revealed, this clearly was a family struggling with a multitude of social issues in addition to the tragic loss of a mother and wife. As an educator, what I find the most perplexing and disturbing is the fact that the Harford County Sheriff's Department were called to this residence 12 times in recent years, and not one report was made to Child Protective Services.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
As Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake set out on foot Saturday to pitch an upcoming community forum on the city's new youth curfew law, the controversial measure drew — as it has in the past — a mixed response from residents. Charlie Heyman, an Ednor Gardens-Lakeside resident and father of seven, said children need more "structure" and responsibility in their lives. "I would love to have this enforced," Heyman, 49, said after shaking hands with the mayor. "I was raised on a curfew, and I see the benefits of a curfew.
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February 7, 2012
We agree with Anne M. Brown! As soon as I saw the headline - "Didn't anyone see it coming?" - my stomach did a flip because I knew exactly what the letter was about. My friends and I have expressed the same words and feelings verbatim! Sadly, a life possibly destroyed because no one helped. As Anne Brown said: "Where was the potential help for this kid? The School System; Child Protective Services' the Neighbors, The Sheriff's Office? How could he become invisible to anyone who could have and should have made a difference?"
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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 Kristine Henry,
The Baltimore Sun
| April 26, 2013
I met Jill Smokler for coffee this morning for a Q&A that's scheduled to run in our Scene section on Mother's Day. She's the Scary Mommy blogger and author of the bestseller " Confessions of a Scary Mommy " and the new book " Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies) . " I won't steal my own thunder here but will say two things: She is not so scary that I wanted to call child protective services, and that she probably had the pleasure of looking up my nose way too many times as I threw my head back in laughter.
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March 24, 2011
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Frederick County sheriff's deputy faces charges of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that 46-year-old Sam Bowman of New Market was charged Wednesday night. Bowman didn't immediately return a call to his home seeking comment. No defense attorney is listed in court records. Bowman has been with the sheriff's office since August. He was a school resource officer at Walkersville High School.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
A man and woman have been charged with child abuse after Natural Resources Police officers found them living with their two boys in squalid conditions aboard a sailboat in the Magothy River. John Joseph Kelly, 52, and Sherri Leeann Kelly, 43, have each been charged with two counts of felony child abuse, two counts of neglect of a minor and two counts of failure to send a child to school, according to court records. The Kellys were arrested Feb. 14 by Natural Resources Police aboard a 28-foot sailboat, Suki Too, which was anchored at the mouth of Cypress Creek on the Magothy River near Severna Park.
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By Peter Beilenson | January 15, 2008
It happened again. Once more, a parent who has previously had children permanently removed because of a history of abuse has, according to authorities, fatally abused a subsequent child. The case of 2-year-old Bryanna Harris raises the same issues that are raised every time a similar case grabs the public's attention: How could this happen? Where was the city Department of Social Services? Didn't anybody see this coming? All reasonable questions - but based on recent history, they will never really get answered, because there is not much political will to do anything to change a social service system that all too often places "family reunification" above what is in the best interests of children.
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By Scott D. Krugman and Wendy G. Lane | March 19, 2010
When one adult hits another, Maryland law defines this as assault. When a larger, stronger adult hits a child, this act can be interpreted under Maryland law as "reasonable" discipline. We find it difficult to understand why it is acceptable to hit a child with an object such as a belt, when it is always unacceptable to hit another adult, either with a fist or anything else. "Spare the rod ... spoil the child" has guided child rearing for thousands of years. Almost all parents have used physical (or corporal)
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | December 8, 1999
Carroll County Department of Social Services is throwing a private party today to celebrate an anniversary in 2000 -- a 65-year period that has seen the agency grow from a staff of three to about 130. On July 26, 1935, after Congress passed the Social Security Act to help the poor, the Carroll County Public Welfare Board formed. A director, an investigator and a clerk were hired to help the poorest county residents in the aftermath of the Depression. Today, its staff members handle thousands of cases, ranging from child abuse and adoptions to job placement.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
A man and woman have been charged with child abuse after Natural Resources Police officers found them living with their two boys in squalid conditions aboard a sailboat in the Magothy River. John Joseph Kelly, 52, and Sherri Leeann Kelly, 43, have each been charged with two counts of felony child abuse, two counts of neglect of a minor and two counts of failure to send a child to school, according to court records. The Kellys were arrested Feb. 14 by Natural Resources Police aboard a 28-foot sailboat, Suki Too, which was anchored at the mouth of Cypress Creek on the Magothy River near Severna Park.
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By Kristine Henry,
The Baltimore Sun
| April 26, 2013
I met Jill Smokler for coffee this morning for a Q&A that's scheduled to run in our Scene section on Mother's Day. She's the Scary Mommy blogger and author of the bestseller " Confessions of a Scary Mommy " and the new book " Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies) . " I won't steal my own thunder here but will say two things: She is not so scary that I wanted to call child protective services, and that she probably had the pleasure of looking up my nose way too many times as I threw my head back in laughter.
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February 7, 2012
We agree with Anne M. Brown! As soon as I saw the headline - "Didn't anyone see it coming?" - my stomach did a flip because I knew exactly what the letter was about. My friends and I have expressed the same words and feelings verbatim! Sadly, a life possibly destroyed because no one helped. As Anne Brown said: "Where was the potential help for this kid? The School System; Child Protective Services' the Neighbors, The Sheriff's Office? How could he become invisible to anyone who could have and should have made a difference?"
NEWS
January 14, 2012
The circumstances that led to the arrest of Robert Richardson III on charges of killing his father were tragic ("No bail for Bel Air teen accused of patricide," Jan. 12). Although many details have yet to be revealed, this clearly was a family struggling with a multitude of social issues in addition to the tragic loss of a mother and wife. As an educator, what I find the most perplexing and disturbing is the fact that the Harford County Sheriff's Department were called to this residence 12 times in recent years, and not one report was made to Child Protective Services.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2012
Children often witness domestic violence, but social workers have had no standardized way to examine how they are affected by it. Now, Baltimore County's social services department has partnered with experts from the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Minnesota to develop a screening tool that would, for the first time, quantify the impact of domestic violence on children. "There is no specific protocol, and particularly for the really young kids, on how you assess the level of domestic violence," said Kathleen King, a supervisor with Child Protective Services.
NEWS
November 17, 2011
The child sex abuse scandal at Penn State University has captured the attention of the country. While the alleged perpetrator will be the focus of much of the discussion, The Family Tree, Maryland's leading child abuse prevention organization, suggests that we shift the focus to what we can do today to prevent this from happening again tomorrow. Unfortunately, it is all too often a public tragedy like this that reminds us that safety is not the responsibility of the child but the responsibility of us as adults and caring, committed others.
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By Meredith Cohn and James Drew and Meredith Cohn and James Drew,meredith.cohn@baltsun.com | November 19, 2009
The Towson psychiatrist whose license was suspended early this month after he was accused of improper conduct with boys he was treating faced the state board that oversees doctors Wednesday in a hearing. The closed-door hearing was a chance for Miguel Frontera to provide information to the Maryland Board of Physicians, which will decide whether to permanently revoke or reinstate his license. Frontera arrived with his lawyer, Natalie Magdeburger, who declined to comment. The outcome of the hearing was unclear, though Frontera has the right to request another hearing.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2012
Children often witness domestic violence, but social workers have had no standardized way to examine how they are affected by it. Now, Baltimore County's social services department has partnered with experts from the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Minnesota to develop a screening tool that would, for the first time, quantify the impact of domestic violence on children. "There is no specific protocol, and particularly for the really young kids, on how you assess the level of domestic violence," said Kathleen King, a supervisor with Child Protective Services.
NEWS
November 13, 2011
Elie Wiesel once famously wrote, "We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. " Sadly, as we learned again this week at Penn State University, silence among leadership and those in authority empowered an alleged child abuser. Certainly the crime of sexual child abuse turns our community and causes outrage that continues to make us question whom we leave our vulnerable loved ones with. At Baltimore Child Abuse Center we see over 900 children annually right here in Baltimore.
NEWS
March 24, 2011
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Frederick County sheriff's deputy faces charges of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that 46-year-old Sam Bowman of New Market was charged Wednesday night. Bowman didn't immediately return a call to his home seeking comment. No defense attorney is listed in court records. Bowman has been with the sheriff's office since August. He was a school resource officer at Walkersville High School.
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