SAN ANTONIO, TX – The City of San Antonio approved spending money on a pilot program aimed at reducing the amount of child abuse and neglects cases.
The two-year pilot program will focus on the 78207 zip code, which the state said has the highest number of reports for child abuse in Bexar County.
“You can spot them right away because they’re either quiet or they’re very mean,” said Dolores Sotomayor. “They’re just rebellious and it’s just anger or hurt that they’re carrying.”
Until two weeks ago, Sotomayor lived in the 78207 zip code. She has experienced firsthand the dangers of child abuse. A family member was convicted of sexually assaulting her 14-year-old daughter in 2011. Sotomayor said they discovered her daughter has been abused when she gave birth to a baby girl.
“It was very difficult, but I had a large support team,” Sotomayor said.
“I believe that making children a priority will be better for the whole city,” said City Council District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales.
Gonzales pushed for the city to invest $260,000 on the two-year child abuse prevention pilot program.
“It involves a promotion program where we will be training community health workers to go out into the neighborhoods and try to address this issue one-on-one,” Gonzales said.
The program will begin when the new budget starts in October.
Police arrested 36-year-old Angelo Mitchell on Monday; he has been charged with felony child abuse.
The 19-month-old’s mother called police around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night to report the girl missing. She told police Mitchell had picked up their daughter from her, then returned to her house a couple of hours later without the child.
Mitchell told officers that he had never picked up the girl, but that she was safe and was probably with a family friend, according to a police report. According to WCTV, investigators noted during the interview that Mitchell smelled of alcohol.
Police tried to track the girl using dogs, but weren’t able to locate her scent in the storm.
Shortly before noon on Monday, someone in the neighborhood found the girl in the yard of a home roughly 450 yards from her house. The girl’s skin appeared purple, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff, and authorities believe she was exposed to the storm’s pounding rain and fierce gusts the entire night.
She also had numerous scratches and bug bites on her skin, witnesses told WCTV. The girl was flown to a hospital in Gainesville for treatment. She was reportedly released in good health Tuesday.
Mitchell is a convicted felon who spent a year in prison after he was convicted of battery in a domestic violence case, according to The Miami Herald. Records show he’s had three restraining orders issued against him.
Mitchell was arrested and taken to the Hamilton County Jail.
We were working at Raytheon, of all places, and the week had started well. But then every day started well, but none had ever ended the way that day did….
Although a year and a half before when I sat with my Niece and Mother at that 15+foot conference table filled with medical professionals, and they continued to counsel me with their understanding looks and consoling words, and even asking permission to go to a first name basis, as they continued to return to their “evidence” that my Son was no longer alive. I should let these important people go to help others, that were living human beings.
That day, like this day, I realized those “Medical Professionals” were not the “Good Guys”, wearing white hats, and certainly not Friends of The Lone Ranger, just like these evil humans that did this evil thing to Our Friends and Neighbors. Which in turn, cost us more than even that, so many of Our Protectors that would never walk in their door after work….
What is wrong with people.
How can anyone delight in seeing, much less hurting someone.
The day was Tuesday, and it was a great day. At least until the guards were suddenly there, with LOADED M-16s no less….
After a while they brought us a television, and our day went to hell in a handbasket, as we watched Our America The Beautiful as she was attacked.
Later, they asked if we would like to go home to be with Our Families, and everyone of us had seen that these guys who were Our Friends never looked away from that television, just like us, except to cover when tears would begin to fall as rain. So, it was easy to say “ah we might be able to get a little work in later”, which startled them for only a second, and then we cried together.
But I do know one thing for sure, because we all said it that day:
I turned the knob and the door cracked open, suddenly the all too familiar smell was all around me, and on me. As I finished opening the door, the smell of my 3rd son drew closer around me, holding to me tightly.
The next afternoon I turned the knob, and as I opened the door and held it, my Mother looked into my eyes and nodded, then my Niece did also, as they proceeded into the big room, moving to the chairs I had marked with my eyes.
The table was filled with gamblers, all holding the winning hand, including the nurse at the far end of the table; she knew her part by heart, and in fact was certain of an academy award, until she looked into the eyes she knew so well….
These people had lied to me since the day before, and evidently thought we were dumb as dirt. Never in my life had I ever imagined the day when the people I respected so much would instead prove to be as low as the most evil criminals.
I listened as each one at the table had their say, then, while slowly standing up, I looked from one, to the next in turn all around the table. I explained the difference in “no activity” with a swollen head, and a “brain stem test”, then I looked into each set of eyes, and said NO ONE WILL BE TURNING MY SON’S VENTILATOR OFF TODAY, NOR EVER.
My Brother called me 3 years ago, and told me to hurry. When I got to the place, he met me at the door, and we went to the young Lady’s room.
Nurses were all standing around staring at the relative, as my Brother asked my opinion. I said heroin???? NO WAY, maybe PCP, but you remember when I was in the hospital and went out of my head 2 different times???? He said that’s why I called you.
When I said, “considering how hard she fell when she was blind-sided, I would have to believe bone marrow was in her system and going to her brain, but apparently she didn’t break nothing”. The nurses looked like I had slapped them.
These people failed to X-Ray this young Lady, missed a broken hip, then left the illicit drugs misdiagnosis on her record to cover their incompetence. The sad part of this is that she had been in the hospital for nearly 3 full days.
My Little Brother was the victim of a poorly trained employee at Insurance Market Place. We got their attention by contacting Our Elected Officials.
However, while filing an appeal, I had to rush My Brother to the ER. Later he was diagnosed with pancreatitis, but sent home without a Doctor doing anything.
To say he was in agony, is like saying a blow torch is warm, because Our Circle on Google had told me so. After over a month, we won his appeal, and he was checked into Parkland Hospital, where he stayed for 4 days then released.
All this time He has been losing weight, and still hurting badly almost all the time.
This week I went with him to his appointments, before Chemo, and for whatever reason, between our questions, it fell out of these people’s mouth that he hasn’t been getting any real treatment due to the drugs in his system.
I believe my Brother got their attention by telling them between Parkland Hospital and Insurance Market Place, they were responsible for him losing nearly 40 lbs and everything else, plus knowing the pain he was in, yet not prescribing him anything.
But now I don’t mind telling everyone that I got my Brother the medicine for pain. I am unable to take anything like this and muscle relaxers, so I didn’t know….
I’m sorry Little Brother, and I have to admit this to all of you, I knew how he was hurting, and I knew his stress and depression first hand, yet I made him even more miserable because I kept thinking I was going to go wake him up one day and he wasn’t going to wake up.
SO, this is for all of you….
First, I checked if anything had turned up on the VA Hospital Drug Thefts, and oddly enough nothing has been posted since roughly the end of May.
BUT, I did come across some very interesting facts:
Doctors and Nurses are more likely than other occupations to form a substance addiction.
Studies suggest that Medical Professionals are more likely to misuse prescription drugs than their patients.
Substance Abuse is grossly unreported in medical community by an estimated 50% and most likely much higher.
*15% of all physicians and nurses will experience substance abuse issues, although this number could quiet possibly be as much as 50% higher
**20% of all physicians and nurses will experience substance abuse issues, although this number could quiet possibly be more than 50% higher
Dirty, injured boy asks neighbor for food;
parents charged with Child Abuse
WASHINGTON, DC – The parents of a 10-year-old boy face felony charges after their son knocked on a neighbor’s door to ask for food in Prince William County.
The boy was injured and was wearing dirty clothes, police said.
The neighbor, who lives on Aden Road in Nokesville, called police Tuesday afternoon. Officers determined that the boy had left his home more than a mile away earlier in the day, Prince William County Police Officer Nathan Probus said.
The parents are accused of forcing their son to kneel on sharp objects for long periods of time and burning his hands on a hot stove as a way to punish him.
The boy was taken to a hospital, and was in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Walter Enrique Flores-Chiquillo, 35, and Barbara Margarita Ramirez Del Cid, 28, both of Nokesville, were arrested Wednesday on felony child abuse charges. Both were being held without bond.
Additional charges were expected to be filed in the case, police said.