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Child Abuse

GUEST EDITORIAL: Penny-pinching at DCS keeps money from kids

Nearly a decade has passed since Gov. Mitch Daniels created the Department of Child Services to protect children from abuse and neglect. It was and continues to be a wise move to split the agency from the behemoth Family and Social Services Administration in an effort — as we said in 2004 — …

October 21, 2014 12:00 am
Mother accused in fatal beating of Gary toddler appears in court

Mother accused in fatal beating of Gary toddler appears in court

CROWN POINT | A woman accused of beating to death her 22-month-old son made her first formal appearance in court Friday. 

October 17, 2014 6:26 pm Related
After four years of delays, E.C. woman asks judge to dismiss child abuse case

After four years of delays, E.C. woman asks judge to dismiss child abuse case

CROWN POINT | The case against an East Chicago woman who is accused of beating her toddler to death could be dismissed, and she could be released from jail as early as next week.

October 16, 2014 6:15 pm Related
Parents charged in toddler's beating death

Parents charged in toddler's beating death

GARY | A 22-month-old boy was covered in so many marks from beatings as he struggled to be potty trained that his mother couldn't distinguish which were recent wounds, according to court records. 

October 02, 2014 4:55 pm Photos

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Indy man embarks on 25th Tenderness Tour

Indy man embarks on 25th Tenderness Tour

HOBART | As Richard Propes celebrated his 49th birthday Wednesday, he had a wish on his mind – “a peaceful home for every child.”

October 01, 2014 6:36 am Photos

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Hobart father arrested after 8-week-old baby hospitalized

Hobart father arrested after 8-week-old baby hospitalized

CROWN POINT | A Hobart man faces five felony charges alleging he shook his 8-week-old son so violently on two occasions this month that the baby suffered a stroke, seizures, brain bleeding, broken legs and bruising.

September 29, 2014 8:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: Brandon Marshall answers past abuse questions in awkward fashion

AL HAMNIK: Brandon Marshall answers past abuse questions in awkward fashion

LAKE FOREST | The Bears didn't want him to, Brandon Marshall insisted, and their star wide receiver held a rambling 45-minute press conference Thursday to "vent" over a documentary ESPN did two years ago and ran again this week concerning his past transgressions.

September 18, 2014 7:00 pm
Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall talks to reporters Thursday after old domestic abuse allegations resurfaced by having his past transgressions dragged into the spotlight this week.

September 18, 2014 5:37 pm
Valpo mother arrested for neglect, battery

Valpo mother arrested for neglect, battery

VALPARAISO | A Valparaiso woman was arrested Saturday after allegedly beating her daughter with a belt, police said.

August 11, 2014 9:18 am
Judge gives six years in "horrific" child abuse case

Judge gives six years in "horrific" child abuse case

VALPARAISO | A Valparaiso woman was sentenced Tuesday to six years behind bars in a child abuse case the judge called horrific.

July 29, 2014 1:15 pm Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Look at Florida’s model for dealing with child abuse

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Look at Florida’s model for dealing with child abuse

“Susie” could have been anyone’s child. When she was lifted into the arms of her mother or father, she was probably looked upon with pride and even a sense of accomplishment as they held their promise in their arms.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Lessons from child fatality report

EDITORIAL: Lessons from child fatality report

The latest report on child abuse and neglect in Indiana shows some improvement, but there's still a long way to go.

June 17, 2014 12:00 am

Governor appoints nine from region to state boards

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence recently appointed several Northwest Indiana residents to various state boards and commissions.

June 07, 2014 7:30 pm
4 region children among 34 Indiana abuse or neglect deaths in year

4 region children among 34 Indiana abuse or neglect deaths in year

INDIANAPOLIS | Four of the 34 Indiana children who died of abuse or neglect between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, lived in Northwest Indiana, according to a state report released Friday.

June 06, 2014 4:30 pm Related

DCS oversight committee gets new home

INDIANAPOLIS | A watchdog group focused on preserving the safety of vulnerable Hoosier children has officially been re-established.

May 21, 2014 5:45 pm

Community HealthNet hosts domestic violence Lunch & Learn

GARY | Community HealthNet will host a program on Domestic Violence and Child Abuse as part of its Lunch & Learn Series. Cynthia Hoess, MD, a CHN pediatrics provider, will moderate "Child Abuse Neglect and Issues of Ethics" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Second Floor Conference Room…

April 16, 2014 12:00 am
Lansing residents mourn 2-year-old's death

Lansing residents mourn 2-year-old's death

LANSING | Although most of the 100 or so residents who gathered in front of a home Sunday in the 17900 block of Wildwood Avenue never knew 2-year-old Jakariah Patterson, they felt the need to mourn her death.

March 23, 2014 9:10 pm Photos

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Griffith resident sentenced to prison for re-entering U.S.

HAMMOND | A former Griffith resident who was convicted of aggravated child abuse in Florida in 2002, was sentenced in U.S. District Court Friday to seven months and 18 days in prison after pleading guilty to felony re-entry of a deported alien, stated a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

February 14, 2014 4:07 pm

Pediatric trauma specialist outlines child’s injury in abuse case

CROWN POINT | A pediatric trauma specialist from the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital testified Wednesday about the head injuries suffered by a 13-month-old child in the trial of a Hammond woman charged with neglect of a dependent.

February 12, 2014 6:19 pm

Hammond woman sentenced to 6 years for child neglect

CROWN POINT | Weeping and loud sobs erupted in court Tuesday as Lake Criminal Court Judge Samuel L. Cappas sentenced a 22-year-old Hammond woman to a six-year prison term for the 2011 neglect of her then-3-year old child.

February 04, 2014 8:05 pm
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