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“We look at this 1-year-old as our miracle baby, (because) he was still alive,” Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Stitch Guillory said this week. Detectives eventually learned the 4-year-old had last been seen on Saturday with his mother, Aaliyah Jack, 25, of Lake Charles, and his 1-year-old brother, the sheriff’s office said. The 1-year-old was found near mile marker 10 – about 9 miles from the rest stop where his brother had been found dead the day before, the sheriff’s office said. He was taken to a hospital and later released to the state Department of Children and Family Services, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kayla Vincent told CNN. In this still from a video, truck driver Reginald Walton speaks to CNN affiliate KADN.
Persons: Hurricane, Stitch Guillory, Beryl, Aaliyah Jack, , Reginald Walton, ’ ” Walton, KADN, Walton, ” Walton, Kayla Vincent, Jack –, Guillory, , , , Jack, Aaliyah Jack’s, Conswella Jack, , Conswella, Lake Charles, CNN’s Taylor Ward Organizations: CNN, Police, KADN, Department of Children, Family Services Locations: Louisiana, Mississippi, Gulf Coast, Calcasieu, Louisiana’s Calcasieu Parish, Texas, Lake Charles, Meridian , Mississippi, Calcasieu Parish, Houston, Lake
The nature of illegal lockouts means they are hard to track directly. One of the responding officers calls a sergeant over, who says there's nothing else they can do. While only 14% of lockout calls led to a police report, 86% of calls about shoplifting did. As they walk over, one of the officers tells the other to look up "illegal lockout" on his phone. A 2006 bill that would have defined illegal lockouts for all Illinois residents was defeated.
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Kim Short waited in the doctor’s exam room on an icy day in February, exhausted from the first trimester of pregnancy and trembling in withdrawal from methamphetamine, alcohol, Xanax and Klonopin. She stared at the floor, her black hair curtaining face tattoos of a dagger and stitches, memorials to friends dead from overdose. Inky wings of eyeliner rimmed her eyes. Kim, 32, had first come to the clinic in the fall of 2022 and, in April 2023, gave birth to a healthy, drug-free boy. But within months she relapsed, and child protective services placed the baby in foster care.
Persons: Kim Short, Kim Organizations: Corewell Health Medical Center Locations: Grand Rapids, Mich
Monique Gonzalez, 41, is a participant in San Antonio's guaranteed basic-income program. With basic-income, Gonzalez has started renting a house and can afford school supplies for her kids. Gonzalez, 41, is a participant in San Antonio's guaranteed basic-income program. AdvertisementSan Antonio is one of several cities nationwide — and a few cities in Texas — piloting guaranteed basic-income programs. AdvertisementWith the extra few hundred dollars from her basic-income payments, she was able to start renting a house.
Persons: Monique Gonzalez, Gonzalez, , UpTogether, fiancé —, She's, that's, GBI, it's, we're Organizations: Service, Child Protective Services, Republican Locations: San Antonio's, Antonio, Texas, Denver, Austin, Boston, Minneapolis, Durham , North Carolina, Antonio's, San Antonio, Arizona , South Dakota , Iowa
HOUSTON (AP) — The former mother-in-law of the woman who opened fire at a Houston megachurch tried for years to alert authorities and others, including church staff, about her ex-daughter-in-law’s mental health struggles, she said Wednesday. Two people were wounded in the shooting, including Moreno's son, who was shot in the head. Various questions about the shooting remained unanswered on Wednesday, including Moreno’s motive and details about how she obtained the AR-style rifle she used. Carranza also said that in 2020 and 2021, her attorney sent emails to Lakewood Church asking for assistance with intervening in Moreno's struggles, believing that Moreno's mother attended the church. Iloff said they were still looking but had not found any records showing Moreno's mother attended the church.
Persons: Houston megachurch, Walli Carranza, Carranza, Joel, Genesse Moreno, Moreno, can’t, ” Carranza, Samuel, Enrique Carranza, , Sam, Melissa Landford, Moreno's, Don Iloff, Moreno “, , Iloff, ” Iloff, Osteen, ” Osteen, Jim Vertuno, Juan, Lozano Organizations: HOUSTON, Lakewood, Associated Press, University of Houston, Services, CPS, of Family and Protective Services, Lakewood Church Locations: Houston, Florida, Colorado, Lakewood, Texas, Austin
Michelle Lujan Grisham has advocated for a more robust spending package, a 10% annual spending increase that would shore up housing opportunities, childhood literacy and health care access. Senate budget amendments apply $75 million in state matching funds to the effort. Under another $1.5 million budget provision, New Mexico would for the first time help compensate landowners and agricultural producers when wolves are confirmed to have killed livestock or working animals. The fund underwrites an array of conservation programs at state natural resources agencies, from soil enhancement programs in agriculture to conservation of threatened and big-game species. The Legislature's budget bill would place $512 million in the trust.
Persons: Michelle Lujan Grisham, Sen, George Muñoz, ” Muñoz, Biden, , Nathan Small Organizations: SANTA FE, Texas, New, New Mexico Gov, Democratic, Gallup, Locations: SANTA, New Mexico, Las Cruces
Why America hates its children
  + stars: | 2024-01-07 | by ( Lydia Kiesling | )   time to read: +17 min
Time and again, I was struck by a public attitude toward children I seldom encountered in America: unequivocal support. In America, we socialize our children to see strangers not as helpers but as threats. Virtually every other industrialized nation provides more government aid for their children than America does. Children who are neglected — a loose term inextricably tied to poverty — are thrown into a foster-care system known for its propensity to harm children. From the tumult of the pandemic, the calls for America to care more for its children are getting louder.
Persons: George Washington, Jesse Zhang, Charlie Shepherd, Shepherd, Richard Nixon, Nixon, Franklin Roosevelt, leery, unironically, Sen, Joe Manchin, Serabi Medina, Serabi, Sandy, , Lydia Kiesling Organizations: United Nations, hasn't, UN, Senate, National Government, Social Security, Jet, Centers for Disease Control, Business, Child Protective Services, Pediatrics, Black Panthers, National Domestic Workers Alliance, State, Mobility, New York Times Magazine, New Yorker Locations: Greece, America, Sweden, Oregon, Idaho, Athens, Chicago, Sandy Hook , Connecticut, Uvalde , Texas, Portland , Oregon, New Mexico
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia prison inmate whose infant daughter has been missing for more than two years has been indicted on murder and other charges, authorities said. Without elaborating, the statement said investigators collected evidence indicating Overstreet was responsible for the death of Angele Nichole Overstreet and for concealing and disposing of her remains. Marshals Service, and state police and other agencies from West Virginia and Kentucky. Political Cartoons View All 1277 ImagesPolice in May 2021 asked for the public's help in locating the baby. West Virginia Child Protective Services reported her missing after checking with Overstreet regarding custody issues in Kentucky.
Persons: HUNTINGTON, Shannon Patrick Overstreet, Overstreet, Angele Nichole Overstreet Organizations: FBI, U.S . Marshals Service, Huttonsville Correctional, Herald - Dispatch, Police, West Virginia Child Protective Services Locations: W.Va, West Virginia, Cabell County, Huntington, Kentucky, West
In Germany, kids are given a lot of independence and they go outside all year. Cargo bikes, which have large baskets or carts, are particularly popular among German families with young kids. In Germany, kids are independent at a young ageGermany has been a culture shock for me when it comes to kids' levels of independence. Preschool isn't super academic focused — and kids learn about taking care of their teethMany kids brush their teeth in German preschools. AdvertisementAnd, in German preschools, kids are taught about dental hygiene.
Persons: I've, , It's, Elva Etienne Organizations: Service, Child Protective Services Locations: United States, Germany
Such recruitment-based adoptions are the most difficult to carry out, social workers say. Gonzaga, who worked with his wife Heather Setrakian at eharmony and then on the Family-Match algorithm, referred questions to Ramirez. Social workers say Family-Match works like this: Adults seeking to adopt submit survey responses via the algorithm’s online platform, and foster parents or social workers input each child’s information. Adoption-Share is part of a small cadre of organizations that say their algorithms can help social workers place children with foster or adoptive families. “It’s wasted time for social workers and wasted emotional experiences for children.”___Contact AP’s global investigative team at or
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And yet only one-in-seven local families with substance-exposed newborns accepts referrals to addiction treatment, the study found. Political Cartoons View All 1223 ImagesHome visiting services for infants reaches about 50 families out of about 1,300 each year that receive state-mandated plans of care for substance-exposed newborns. Even when families do accept services, the study cited obstacles to monitoring and tracking long-term participation — which is not required by law. Other states including Arizona require child protective services to monitor progress and participation when referrals are made for substance-exposed infants. The new approach to substance-exposed newborns was enacted by New Mexico lawmakers in 2019 at the outset of Gov.
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The badly decomposed body of Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj was eventually found in an underground tunnel at the compound. She said her husband and his sister traveled abroad to learn more about alternative healing based on the Quran. After she demanded a divorce, Ramzi said that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj took their son to a park and never returned. Morton and Siraj Ibn Wahhaj were also charged with conspiracy to kill U.S. government personnel. Leveille was initially charged with kidnapping and terrorism-related charges but she has agreed to accept a reduced sentence on weapons charges.
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Darryl George was suspended from his Texas high school over the length of his locs hairstyle. He was given another round of suspension, a civil rights activist helping his family, Dr. Candice Matthews, told Insider. "Daryl is sitting on a stool, a stool in a cubby," Darresha George told Insider. Bloom told Insider that the district's policy on hair length does not violate the Crown Act. His hair is a connection to God," Matthews said, adding that Darryl's dad's hair, stepdad's hair, and brother's hair is woven into his own.
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CNN —A 6-year-old who shot his teacher in January later boasted in a conversation with a school employee that “I shot that b[ ] dead,” according to unsealed redacted search warrants. The documents obtained from CNN affiliate WTKR describe what happened after first grade teacher Abigail Zwerner was shot on January 6 at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia. “I did it,” the boy told school officials, according to police in an affidavit. Zwerner fled the classroom to the school office, according to the affidavit. While the school division cannot comment on legal actions, NNPS remains committed to ensuring the well-being and care of all students and staff.
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Police say Michael Haight, 42, shot and killed his wife, Tausha Haight, 40, her mother, Gail Earl, 78, and the couple's five children, three girls, and two boys ages 4 to 17, before committing suicide. The couple had five children: Macie Haight, 17, Briley Haight, 12, Ammon Haight, 7, Sienna Haight, 7, and Gavin Haight, 4. The officer told her there was no indication Michael Haight would respond with violence, according to the report. At some point prior to the massacre, Tausha Haight told family members that her husband removed all the firearms from the home, her sister-in-law, told the AP. Park said he last met with Tausha Haight on Tuesday, January 3 — the day before the family's bodies were discovered.
A North Carolina couple are accused of performing an amateur exorcism on their 4-year-old son, who later died. Skyler died Jan. 9 "from injuries related to the abuse sustained by his parents," authorities said. The sheriff's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday. They are alleged to have restrained and isolated the child and performed an exorcism, the station reported. They had other children in their custody who are now in the care of the Department of Social Services, the sheriff's office said.
So far, Texas has taken the lead with 36 such bills, according to Equality Texas, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy group. Four states — Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee and Arizona — have enacted restrictions on gender-affirming medical care for minors, though federal judges have blocked them from taking effect in Arkansas and Alabama. State Sen. David Bullard, the Republican sponsoring the bill, told The Oklahoman that gender-affirming medical care is a “permanent change in your body that cannot be reversed. Accredited medical associations — including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association — have supported gender-affirming care for minors. Advocates and doctors who treat trans youth have said many of the health care restrictions proposed by state legislators mischaracterize what gender-affirming care is.
Arizona Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs is taking the state’s child protective services agency in a radically different direction in the wake of a ProPublica-NBC News investigation into the racial disparities that have plagued the child welfare system here. This week, Hobbs, a Democrat, announced that she has selected Matthew Stewart, a Black community advocate, as the new head of Arizona’s Department of Child Safety. Arizona’s child welfare system has long disproportionately investigated Black families. After leaving DCS, Stewart formed the community organization Our Sister Our Brother, which has fought the department for more equitable treatment of Black and also low-income parents. Child welfare experts in the state and families affected by the system praised Stewart’s selection, though some wondered how much change he could bring about even in DCS’ top position.
Known in the legal world as the “death penalty” of child welfare, it can happen in a matter of months. One in 100 U.S. children — disproportionately Black and Native American — experience termination through the child welfare system before they turn 18, the study found. Still, longer timelines can also reflect a stronger focus on family reunification and a willingness to devote greater resources to meet that goal, child welfare experts say. And some child welfare advocates have criticized the law’s focus on narrow initiatives like parenting classes, which they say fail to address poverty and the other root causes of neglect that prompt most child welfare cases. Snodgrass said she never imagined when her child welfare case started that she could lose her rights to her children.
Authorities now say that a Mississippi woman who fatally shot two police officers was killed by one of the officers who returned fire during a shootout. But on Friday, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety released additional details. As Estorffe approached the vehicle, Anderson and Estorffe exchanged rounds resulting in fatal injuries to both individuals," the release stated. Anderson told the officers that she thought she was being followed by a person in a white pick-up truck. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety has not said what sparked the shooting.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations did not immediately respond to a question about the juvenile's condition. One of the officers was pronounced dead at the scene, but the other died after initially being injured, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations said. Two officers were killed at a local Motel 6 after responding to a call in Bay St. Louis, Miss. Tate Reeves said he was "heartbroken" by the loss and was praying for the families as well as the "entire Bay St. Louis community." Bay St. Louis is a city located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, roughly 60 miles northeast of New Orleans.
A 5-year-old girl missing since Thanksgiving, when the body of her mother was discovered at their residence in South Carolina, was found safe Friday, authorities said. Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office"Aspen is fine, and —she’s okay," Orangeburg County, South Carolina, Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced at a news conference Friday. Authorities soon realized Aspen, as well as her father, Antar Jeter, were missing. Authorities allege the 2015 Mazda 6 Antar Jeter was driving was stolen. Asked about her fate, he said the family's goal is to keep her in the hands of relatives in South Carolina and away from Child Protective Services.
Put another way, more Black children in metro Phoenix will go through a child maltreatment investigation than won’t. Almost all described a system so omnipresent among Black families that it has created a kind of communitywide dread: of that next knock on the door, of that next warrantless search of their home. Many Black families first moved there as a result of redlining and racial covenants that blocked them from renting or owning property elsewhere. In Maricopa County, Black children experienced child welfare investigations at one of the highest rates among large counties nationally, and nearly three times the rate of their white peers, from 2015 to 2019. But throughout the country, investigations were more pervasive among Black families.
Authorities in Virginia said Wednesday that “human error” led to the hiring of a former state trooper accused of killing a California family after he "catfished” their teenage relative. In a statement, Virginia State Police said an administrative review found "human error resulted in an incomplete database query" during the hiring process for Austin Edwards, 28. “The department is also proactively auditing existing personnel records and practices.”The statement added that Edwards didn't disclose anything that would have disqualified him from the job. NBC News has not confirmed the details of the report, and Wednesday’s police statement didn't address the matter. Virginia State Police previously said a background check found no “indicators of concern” when Edwards was hired.
Property records from Smyth County, Virginia, list Austin Lee Edwards as the owner of the home on Allison Gap Road. “It still doesn’t feel real," Gordon told NBC affiliate WCYB of Bristol, Virginia. A fire that authorities believe was intentionally set broke out at their home and Edwards allegedly drove off with the teen. Gordon said Edwards told him that he moved to the area because he'd grown up in the region and wanted to return. The last time Gordon said he saw Edwards was Tuesday, Nov. 22, three days before the Wineks were killed.
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