Florham Park police charge grandmother
with Child Abuse
FLORHAM PARK, NJ – A grandmother is facing a child abuse charge after leaving her 4-year-old grandson in a car while she went to the dentist, police said.
At 12:35 p.m. on Feb. 4, police responded to the parking lot of 25 Hanover Road to investigate a report that a 4-year-old boy had been found wandering in the parking lot, police said.
Officer Thomas Belli was able to determine that the child had been left in a vehicle while his grandmother was at a dentist appointment in an adjacent building, police said.
Officer Jared Orgel responded to the dentist’s office and located the child’s grandmother, Dawn M. Todd, 56, of Irvington, and determined that she had left the boy in the vehicle because he was asleep and she did not want to wake him, police said.
Todd had taken two other grandchildren, ages seven and nine, into the dentist office with her, police said.
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families was contacted and responded. The children were released to the custody of their parents.
Todd was transported to Florham Park Police Headquarters where she was charged with child abuse and then released pending a future Superior Court appearance.
DHS worker arrested on allegations of
falsifying Child Abuse reports
Oregon – A state employee has been arrested on allegations of falsifying child abuse reports, deputies said Thursday.
Miguel A. Fuentes III, who works in Child Protective Services for the Oregon Department of Human Services, turned in reports showing contacts and interviews that didn’t happen, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
“Other reports contained false statements and work that was allegedly completed” during days he was off work, deputies said.
Detectives began reviewing cases assigned to Fuentes after a sheriff’s office detective and DHS employee working on a child abuse investigation found inconsistencies in reports he finished. Detectives found falsified information in at least 15 of his cases, deputies said.
They said Fuentes, 34, is facing 15 counts of tampering with public records and first-degree official misconduct.
His employer put him on administrative leave when it got wind of the investigation in November 2016 and has since given cases he was involved in to other workers, according to the sheriff’s office. A DHS spokeswoman said he remains on administrative leave.
Fuentes most recently worked in Beaverton and has been a DHS social services specialist since August 2011, deputies said.
Fuentes is being held in the Washington County Jail.
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