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Ohio Mother Files Child Abuse Report

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Law Enforcement is in the process of interviewing witnesses.

Finneytown principal, teacher under
investigation for Child Abuse

FINNEYTOWN, OH  –  A principal and teacher are under investigation in Finneytown after child abuse allegations came to light.

The mother of a student filed a police report with Springfield Township Police alleging her child was assaulted by Principal Lana Gerber.

In the report, it states the mother got a call from a “faculty member at Brent stating she witnessed the principal buckle her sons knees causing him to fall to the ground.”

The mother in the report states she asked her son about the incident and he said that it did occur.  The child in question is 6-years-old.

The alleged incident happened on Nov. 10.

District officials told FOX19 NOW they are cooperating with police and their investigation.

The principal is still working as they look into the incident.

A spokesperson with police said, “Investigators assigned to the case are still in the process of interviewing witnesses.  Once that is complete the determination will be made whether this will be pursed as a criminal offense, an administrative matter or that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to determine the incident occurred.”

FOX19 NOW did attempt to talk to the mother of the 6-year-old but was unsuccessful.

It was just last week that FOX19 NOW learned a Finneytown teacher had been placed on paid administrative leave since Oct. 5 over an incident which involved the dragging of a student.

The school district would not go into detail, but they did give a letter which it reads, “The administrative leave shall remain in effect until further notice, pending a formal meeting with the superintendent. The reason for this action is a substantiated report that you may have participated in an incident of child abuse.”

FOX19 NOW did speak to the teacher by phone.  She said she used “poor judgment,” but felt her actions were not a fireable offense.  She said she grabbed a student by the hand and was trying to get him to music class.

She said the child began to lay on the ground and she dragged him about four to five steps. The incident was captured on school cameras.

The teacher said, “I know what I did was wrong.”

She claims the child got up after those four to five steps and never even told his mother what happened.

The teacher’s personnel file also includes a glowing report.  It reads, “she responds effectively to misbehavior.  The teacher is extremely tolerant of individual differences and she persists in seeking effective approaches for individual students.  She does an outstanding job of managing behavior even with difficult students.”

She said she will not resign and the Board will have to fire her.

Mathews Held On Million Dollar Bond

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Wesley Mathews is being held on a $1 Million bond.

ME Confirms Body Found Sunday Is Missing
Richardson Toddler

RICHARDSON, TX  –  Did now confirmed dead Richardson toddler Sherin Mathews choke while drinking a glass of milk?  There are more questions after an announcement from the medical examiner and new details from the arrest affidavit of Sherin’s adoptive father, Wesley Mathews.

Police arrested Mathews for a second time on Monday afternoon after he voluntarily went to the Richardson Police Department, with his lawyer, and asked to talk to investigators.  It was then that Mathews changed his account of what happened in the early morning hours of October 7, the day he claimed Sherin went missing.

Originally, Mathews had told police that he was punishing Sherin for not drinking her milk and that at 3 a.m. he ordered outside to stand by a tree about 100 feet outside their backyard.  He said he left the little girl there and when he returned 15 minutes later discovered she was gone.

On Tuesday evening, community members got together to mourn the loss of the little girl.

The affidavit detailed how after being advised of his rights on Monday Mathews now said that the incident involving Sherin happened in the garage of the family home.

Mathews new claim is that he was trying to get the little girl to drink her milk, but that she wouldn’t listen to him.  He said at some point when Sherin finally complied he “physically assisted the 3-year-old girl in drinking the milk.”  It was then that Mathews said the toddler began to choke and that after coughing for a while her breathing slowed.

The 37-year old said that when he could no longer feel Sherin’s pulse he “believed she had died” and removed the body from the house.

Richardson police Sergeant Kevin Perlich said that basically Mathews new story is, “… contrary to what we were initially told when she was first reported missing.”

“What he has told us now is that she was drinking milk,” said Sgt. Perlich.  “She really didn’t want to drink that milk and so he was physically assisting her with that milk, apparently to the point where she began to choke, lost consciousness and eventually expired. During that period of time, Mr. Mathews never sought medical attention.”

Wesley Mathews was arrested again and booked into the Richardson City Jail.  He is expected to be transferred to the Dallas County Jail sometime today.

Just before lunchtime Tuesday, the Dallas County Medical Examiner confirmed that the body of the child found on Sunday, about a mile from the Mathews’ home, is Sherin. Officials said they used dental records to confirm the little girl’s identity, but still have not determined how she died.

Before his arrest Monday Mathews had been out on bond after being charged for Endangering a Child.  He is now facing a charge of Injury to a Child, a first-degree felony with a maximum punishment of life in prison.

“The charge, whether it be a murder charge or an injury to a child, is a first degree felony on the charge.  They both carry the same penalty,” said Perlich.

Investigators said they are still piecing things together and that there could be more action taken in the case.  “You might see additional arrests or even a modification of charges as we progress,” said Perlich.

According to investigators, Sherin’s adoptive mother, Sini Mathews, helped with the identification of the body.  But police said her cooperation ends there.

Wesley Mathews is being held on a $1 million bond.

Police say there could be additional arrests.  After hearing Wesley’s newest version of events, Richardson police say they reached out to Sini Mathews, Sherin’s mother.  She declined to talk to police.  Police say she did help identify the body found in the culvert, providing Sherin’s dental records and identifying the clothes found in the body.

The World Lemmings Love So Much

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On Sunday officials discovered the body of a young child.

Child’s body found in Richardson is ‘most likely’ missing 3-year-old Sherin Mathews

Dallas, TX  –  Less than a mile from the Richardson home where a missing 3-year-old was last seen two weeks ago, officials on Sunday discovered the body of a young child.

Police have not yet confirmed whether the body is that of Sherin Mathews, who has been missing since Oct. 7, but they indicated they have no reason to think it is a different child.

The medical examiner will determine the child’s identification and cause of death.

“The indications are that it is most likely her, however, we have not had positive ID.  So until we have a positive identification we are not going to say it is Sherin,” Sgt. Kevin Perlich said.

The body was found about 11 a.m. in a culvert near East Spring Valley and South Bowser roads, east of U.S. Highway 75, with the help of search dogs.

As the investigation continued to unfold, more and more stuff came to [the] surface and we followed up on that,” Perlich said.  “It led to the search of that area with canines, and that’s how we came across the body.”

The area was blocked off as a crime scene as police waited for the FBI response team to process the area.  Late Sunday afternoon, a sheet-covered stretcher was loaded into a waiting van.

Sherin’s parents have been notified of the discovery.

The girl’s adoptive father, Wesley Mathews, was charged with abandoning or endangering a child after Sherin went missing.  He was released from jail after posting bond and was required to wear an electronic monitoring device and surrender his passport.

No additional charges have been filed.

During a court appearance Monday, Sherin’s parents learned that their biological child, a 4-year-old girl, will remain in foster care for another three weeks while Wesley Mathews looks for a civil attorney.

Judge Cheryl Shannon has set a custody hearing for Nov. 13.

FL CPS Worker Charged With Felony

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Doreece Hines, 31

Former DCF worker arrested, accused of
falsifying records in Child Abuse case

A former Florida Department of Children and Families worker has been arrested on charges of falsifying records in a case involving a student who came to elementary school with bruises on the face, leg and arm, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Monday.

Doreece Hines, 31, of Daytona Beach documented visits to the home of the child, whose guidance counselor reported the student’s injuries to the state abuse hotline on Feb. 5, 2016.  But Hines never actually conducted the visits, according to an affidavit for her arrest.

Hines, a senior child protective investigator who has since been fired, wrote in a report that the child was in “no present danger” and claimed the mother had admitted striking the child with a jump rope, according to the affidavit.  She also said the child had a “small mark” on a thigh and an arm, records show.

The counselor, with a school nurse present, took photos of a cut and a bruise on the child’s right cheek and bruises on the right thigh, arm and under the hip, court documents show.

On Feb. 8, Hines wrote in a case report that she had met with the mother and her children, including the alleged victim, a little before 9 p.m. Feb. 6, court records state.

On March 1, a Putnam County Sheriff’s Office detective inquired about the child, including whether Hines had referred the case to the state’s Child Protection Team, which helps investigate child-abuse and child-neglect cases.  Hines said she had, but two days later, the detective was told by the team that the referral hadn’t been made and did it herself, documents state.

Hines later told her supervisor she had forgotten to contact the team, documents show.

On March 4, Hines told a DCF supervisor she had made a mistake and hadn’t actually met with the mother, according to the affidavit.

On March 30, Hines changed her case report, stating that her notes initially had been incorrect, according to the affidavit.

FDLE agents say Hines was legally obligated to report the child’s injuries to the Child Protection Team and law enforcement.

Hines was arrested Thursday on the felony records-falsification charges. 

CO Boys & Girls Ranch Shut Down Over Violations

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El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch license suspended after reports of Child Abuse

PUEBLO, CO  –  A child care facility in Pueblo has been shut down after reports of child abuse surfaced to the Department of Human Services.

Over the last year, El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch has had 11 repeat violations regarding use of physical restraints, six repeat violations regarding inappropriate discipline, 18 repeat violations of children’s rights, and five repeat lack of supervision violations.

DHS requested on September 25 that El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch’s license be suspended on the following grounds:

On July 20, the Department received a complaint stating that the “current Chief Executive Officer of El Pueblo inappropriately restrained a child.”  The Chief Executive Officer also submitted false and misleading documentation to the Department regarding the incident.

In August, another report made to DHS stated that a child ran from El Pueblo and rode in the back of a train for at least one hour.  The child claimed that he was being bullied and that the staff would not intervene.  He also said El Pueblo wasn’t providing adequate medical attention.

About a month later, a third report was made that staff at El Pueblo weren’t giving a “high needs” child all the necessary medications he/she required and that the child left the facility with an unexplained burn.

Also during the month of September, a child who was supposed to be under one-on-one supervision was left alone and escaped out a window.  It took at least an hour to find the child.

On September 20, a staff member allegedly physically abused a child.  “Staff pulled the child’s hair, scratched the child, and elbowed and kneed the child’s body,” according to DHS’ order of summary suspension document.  Staff is also being accused of punching that child in the mouth around the same time.

 A day later, a child with disabilities was reportedly rolling around the ground and staff was told by administrators not to intervene. The order of summary suspension paperwork says that over a time frame of around 25 minutes, the child ended up biting their own arms and legs, resulting in bleeding wounds and pulled off his or her own skin and was chewing and eating it.

DHS says that it has also received several reports that more than one child at El Pueblo had attempted suicide.  DHS was also notified that children were showing significant weight loss after leaving El Pueblo and that the children were expressing they were hungry.

DHS sent the following statement to KRDO NewsChannel 13:

“DHS is working with the agencies who have placed children at El Pueblo, as they are moved to other placements as quickly as possible.  All children and youth will be moved before CDHS staff leave the facility.  While the specific locations are confidential, all children and youth will be moved to licensed facilities (other residential child care facilities, group homes or group centers), certified providers (foster care homes), or with their parent/guardian, if appropriate.”

El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch located at One El Pueblo Ranch Way in Pueblo, Colo. opened January 1, 1995.  It applied for a license continuation around the time of March 17, 2017.