Child Abuse on the Rise in Indiana

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Child Abuse record-breaking in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  –  If you think you’re seeing more child abuse cases than ever before, you’d be correct. Indiana Department of Child Services reports that 2015 has been a record-breaking year for child abuse cases.

Parents in Greenfield are accused of killing their 1-year-old girl. The alleged abuse started at birth. The investigation has been taxing even for police that deal with disturbing cases every day.

“This case in particular has been very taxing on our detectives,” said Chief of Police John Jester.

Also in the news now, the case captivating Indy; the search for 3-month-old baby Janna Rivera, who is now presumed dead.

“There’s not really an end in sight for the increase,” said Carey Haley Wong, chief counsel for Marion County Child Advocates.

The first five months of 2015 have been record-breaking in child abuse cases.

Already, in the first five months of 2015, there are 1,736 new children in need of services in Marion County, that`s a 42 percent jump since that same time in 2014.  Wong says there are many factors that have led to this increase, with one in particular though acting as the largest cause for concern.

“It’s largely attributable to heroin though not entirely because there are other factors like poverty and domestic violence and mental health that play as well, but heroin is the new thing that’s leading to this increase,” said Wong.

The problem is not exclusive to Marion County though. DCS announced 2015 is breaking child abuse records across the state as well.

Nearly 18,000 children are in need of service. That is up 26 percent from 2014.

“Everyone has to play a part, not just can, but everyone has to play a part,” said Sandy Runkle, programs director for Prevent Child Abuse Indiana.

Prevent Child Abuse Indiana is a statewide organization that aims to cut these staggering stats, by stopping abuse before it happens.

Indiana is one of 19 states that has a mandatory report law, meaning if you suspect child abuse you have a legal obligation to report it to DCS and potentially, save a life.

“You don’t have to prove anything, you don’t have to investigate anything, if there are children involved and you feel like some form of maltreatment or you have reason to believe some form of maltreatment is going on, then that needs to be reported,” said Runkle.

If you know or suspect child abuse or neglect, call the 24 hour DCS hotline at 1-800-800-5556.

Child Advocates of Marion County is always looking for court appointed volunteers. You can sign up to help at their website.

After A Week Of Flaky Internet, It Is Fixed

This has been a week of me taking my own medicine.  We had promised the Anger Management Pages would be up on our website last week.  I must admit that I have read them over, and over, and over….

I can proudly say:  They are up

While I was sitting around, reading about anger management mostly, my partner called.

After considering his offer for less than a minute, I called my suppliers, then called him back and told him to “come on by”.

That’s just how long it took me to make the decision that I would do it to my Children, if any were of that age now.  But you do what you want, and you should know that I gave him the chance.

I’d much rather them hate me for doing it, than me hating myself for not doing it….

NC Woman Charged With Felony Child Abuse

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Brandy Bell Thomas, 36

YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. —A Yadkin County woman was charged with felony child abuse after red marks were found on her child, deputies said.

Brandy Bell Thomas, 36, of Yadkinville, was arrested following an investigation that began May 25.

Yadkin County deputies said the child’s father called law enforcement after noticing red marks on the child’s lower back.

The father had picked up the child from Thomas, the child’s mother, prior to noticing the marks, deputies said.

Following an investigation, deputies charged Thomas with one felony count of child abuse with serious physical injury. Thomas was held in the Yadkin County jail under a $10,000 secured bond pending a Wednesday court appearance.

No other information was released.


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Corrupt LawMakers sell-out Our Elders

Corrupt LawMakers show their true colors again. They not only don’t care that Children are SEX OBJECTS FOR ADULTS, they have now shown that THEY CARE NOTHING FOR OUR ELDERS AND ELDER ABUSE.

Through obvious UNDER-THE-TABLE deals, CORRUPT CRONY LAWMAKERS SOLD OUR ELDERS FOR 30 PIECES OF SILVER to bottom feeders like Teddy Lichtschein and Eliezer Scheiner, operators of some of the most poorly rated nursing homes in Texas. Their small empire has amassed more than $800,000 in federal fines over the past three years.

From their headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y., Teddy Lichtschein and Eliezer Scheiner operate some of the most poorly rated nursing homes in Texas. Their small empire has amassed more than $800,000 in federal fines over the past three years.

Regulators reported numerous problems.  One patient who fractured his leg waited four days to have his broken bone treated.  Another resident, given food he could not chew, choked to death in his wheelchair.  An 80-year-old woman with rectal cancer screamed in agony for two weeks before attendants phoned her doctor.

Despite this record, Lichtschein and Scheiner have new partners in the nursing home trade: seven public agencies, which could position the Brooklyn duo for a taxpayer-funded windfall.

A special state program to attract additional federal Medicaid money will bring an extra $69 million to Texas nursing homes this year, with more to come next year.  It was supposed to be for government-owned homes.

Much of it, however, will go to a multitude of private operators — such as Lichtschein and Scheiner who were savvy enough to craft unusual licensing arrangements with governmental bodies.

In a development wholly unforeseen by state officials, the licenses of more than 300 privately owned nursing homes have changed hands within the past year. They are now held by public hospital districts and hospital authorities.

Some of these homes are hundreds of miles from the districts themselves. Many of them have been repeatedly cited for serious deficiencies.