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Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines INDIFFERENCE as: lack of interest in or concern about something

Five Wisconsin Newborns Seriously Injured

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Five infants suffered serious injuries in the newborn unit of a Wisconsin hospital.

Nurse suspended after 5 newborns injured
in hospital

MADISON, WI  –  Five infants suffered serious injuries including a fractured skull, rib and arm in the newborn unit of a Wisconsin hospital and the nurse who cared for them has been suspended, a federal agency said in a report after it inspected the hospital.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported that UnityPoint Health-Meriter hospital in Madison didn’t respond to the suspected abuse until early last month, when staff noticed two babies with bruises.  An internal investigation revealed two similar cases last year and one from January.  The identity of the suspended nurse has not been released.

Quoting a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report, the newspaper said the federal agency was so concerned about the hospital’s response that it threatened to cancel its Medicare contract with Meriter.

The agency told Meriter in a Feb. 23 letter that the situation “is so serious that it constitutes an immediate threat to patient health safety.”

Meriter spokeswoman Jessika Kastern said the hospital is cooperating with authorities and has implemented new safety measures.

According to the inspection report, staff in the 42-bed unit noticed bruising on the arm of an infant on Feb. 2.  A doctor thought it might be from the baby clutching wires or an IV device.  The next day, staff noticed bruising on the arm and wrist of another baby.  A doctor thought it might be from a tightly wrapped blanket.

On Feb. 4, staff saw bruising on the second baby’s face and three days after that they discovered a lump on the baby’s head.  A CT scan Feb. 8 showed the baby had skull and arm fractures.  The nurse was suspended.

The Madison police department is investigating.

Meriter told the agency that it has assigned a security guard to the newborn unit and is putting cameras in all rooms.  Each nurse will now care for two patients instead of three in the unit, which handles babies in intensive care.

Feeding Child Predators

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Three and a half years ago we thought it was just indifference….

Child abuse poll a ‘mistake’ – Facebook

In what has become a seemingly regular occurrence, Facebook is being asked: how on earth did this happen?

On Sunday Facebook asked an unspecified number of users their thoughts on how child abuse images should be handled on the network.

It gave a scenario in which an “adult man” asks a 14-year-old girl for “sexual images”, and then a list of possible answers.

One option read:  “This content should be allowed on Facebook, and I would not mind seeing it.”

A follow-up question offered options on how policies should be enforced, such as “Facebook decides the rules on its own” or “external experts decide the rules and tell Facebook”.

As noted by the Guardian, none of the options allowed the user to suggest that the proper course of action in this scenario would be to inform child protection agencies or call the police.

“We run surveys to understand how the community thinks about how we set policies,” said Guy Rosen, Facebook’s head of product.

“But this kind of activity is and will always be completely unacceptable on FB. We regularly work with authorities if identified.  It shouldn’t have been part of this survey.

“That was a mistake.”

Data set

The company is no longer running the survey.

The BBC understands Facebook’s team was instructed to find out how users felt was best appropriate to deal with illegal content on the network.  The site is not, of course, considering changing how it deals with child abuse imagery.

Over the network’s head looms the prospect of more regulation.

By asking users if they feel more comfortable with Facebook determining the rules on how unacceptable content is handled could be an attempt to build data to back up its likely argument that it can regulate itself.

Another option, whereby experts advise the network, is also a possibility.  In the past, Facebook has turned to outside experts when developing new technologies, particularly those aimed at younger users.

However, the site as criticised over its choice of experts – many of which it had funded, as reported by Wired magazine.

Facebook has had a tough time dealing with negative publicity recently.  At an event for US conservatives last month, in the wake of another school shooting, the company demonstrated a virtual reality shooting game set in a train station.

It later pulled the demonstration, saying it regretted its inclusion on its stand. 

Michigan Father Arrested For Child Abuse

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Father, 22, arrested for Child Abuse.

Man arrested in Escanaba on Child Abuse charge

ESCANABA, MI  –  Escanaba Public Safety was notified Friday of an infant who was brought into OSF St. Francis Hospital emergency room with signs of physical child abuse.

Escanaba Public Safety questioned the 21-year-old mother and 22-year-old father of the infant, and arrested the father for child abuse.

He was taken to the Delta County Correctional Facility where he is being held on $500,000 cash bond.  The mother was released.

The infant has been transferred to St. Vincent Children’s Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Escanaba Public Safety was assisted by OSF St. Francis Hospital, State of Michigan, Department of Human Services, Child Protective Services, and the Delta County Prosecutors Office.

Washington Must Stop CPS Collateral Damage

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Richelle Schultz, 53, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felony counts of falsifying information

Jefferson County caseworker admits falsifying Child Abuse records

DENVER, CO  –  A former Jefferson County Human Services caseworker fabricated records in a dozen child abuse and neglect cases claiming she investigated the cases when she had not, authorities say.

Richelle Schultz, 53, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felony counts of falsifying information in child abuse and neglect documents and attempting to influence a public office, according to a news release by Pam Russell, spokeswoman for District Attorney Peter Weir.

Schultz was a caseworker between December 2015 and July 31 of 2016 who investigated allegations of child abuse and neglect.  Human Services fired Schultz in July of 2016 and began reviewing her cases.

Schultz entered false information in 12 cases, claiming she interviewed victims, families and witnesses in person or on the phone when she did not, the news release says.

The review determined that there were no unresolved safety issues and the cases had been closed.

Schultz faces up to 9 years in prison when she is sentenced on March 5.

How Can Anyone Abuse A Child

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Sherin Mathews, 3, was put outside at 3 am Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, for not drinking her milk, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Autopsy determines girl whose dad said she
choked on milk died from ‘homicidal violence’

DALLAS, TX  –  A 3-year-old Texas girl whose body was found near her home more than a week after her adopted father told police she went missing, died from “homicidal violence,” according to an autopsy report.

Sherin Mathews’ death was a “homicide,” but the exact cause could not be determined due to the body’s extensive decomposition, Steven Kurtz, a spokesman for the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office, told People.

Sherin was reported missing Oct. 7, but her body wasn’t found until Oct. 22 and identified days later.  Her adopted father, Wesley Mathews, admitted to police that he removed Sherin’s body from the home after changing his story multiple times on the events leading up to her death.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the couple left Sherin home alone the night before her disappearance.

The attorney representing Sini Mathews said the report, received Tuesday evening from the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, does not implicate her in Sherin’s death.

Attorneys for Sherin’s adoptive parents received a copy of the autopsy report.

Sini and her husband, Wesley Mathews, are expected in court Wednesday morning for a CPS custody hearing for their 4-year-old biological daughter.

Wesley Mathews is charged with injury to a child, while Sini is charged with abandoning or endangering a child.

Wednesday would mark the third CPS hearing for the Mathews parents.  During a hearing in late November, doctors testified that Sherin showed signs of abuse.

Last month, the couple temporarily lost their rights to see their biological child.