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Christian Choate

I took a stranger to do something nice for Christian

We all cried a river over the terrible plight of Christian Eriks (Choate) but then did nothing.

November 22, 2013 12:00 am
Appeals court affirms stepmother's 35-year prison term in Choate death

Appeals court affirms stepmother's 35-year prison term in Choate death

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the 35-year prison term issued to the stepmother of Christian Choate, an abused boy whose body was discovered in 2011 buried in a shallow grave at a Gary mobile home park.

November 06, 2013 6:40 pm Related
EDITORIAL: Report drives home urgency of DCS reforms

EDITORIAL: Report drives home urgency of DCS reforms

The recent Indiana Department of Child Services report showing 40 children died of abuse in Indiana — five of them in Northwest Indiana — in a 12-month period should cause anyone reading it to shed a tear for those children.

April 28, 2013 12:00 am Related
State report: 5 region children died of abuse, neglect injuries in a year

State report: 5 region children died of abuse, neglect injuries in a year

INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana was home to five of Indiana's 40 children who died of abuse or neglect between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, a state report released Monday shows.

April 22, 2013 3:40 pm Related
Kubina gets 35 years in prison for 'great sin'

Kubina gets 35 years in prison for 'great sin'

CROWN POINT | The stepmother of a boy whose body was discovered in 2011 in a shallow grave in Gary was sentenced Tuesday to 35 years in prison.

February 19, 2013 5:30 pm Related

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EDITORIAL: Keep up pressure for DCS reforms

Legislation to bring necessary reforms to the Department of Child Services has fortunately cleared the first hurdles in the Indiana General Assembly.

January 28, 2013 5:45 pm

Riley Choate sentenced to 80 years in prison

CROWN POINT | With members of Christian Choate’s family looking on Friday, Lake County Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell sentenced the slain boy’s father, Riley Choate, to 80 years in prison.

January 11, 2013 4:30 pm Related

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Uncle questions placement of Choate sibling

CROWN POINT | The brother of Kimberly Kubina, a convicted felon for her role in the death of stepson Christian Choate, is questioning the state's placement of the slain teen's half-brother.

December 22, 2012 9:00 pm

Choate case lawyers agree to tape out-of-state witnesses

CROWN POINT | Out-of-state witnesses in the Riley Choate murder case will be deposed on videotape, but they still may be called to testify at trial.

October 04, 2012 4:00 pm

Judge bumps Choate trial to January

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell on Monday appointed the public defender's office the lone counsel for Riley Choate, delaying Choate's murder trial to January.

October 01, 2012 6:30 pm Related

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Choate trial may be delayed

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell will hold a hearing Monday on whether to delay the trial of accused murderer Riley Choate.

September 28, 2012 6:30 pm
Judge appoints public defender co-counsel in Choate case

Judge appoints public defender co-counsel in Choate case

CROWN POINT | Hammond attorney Randy Godshalk will continue to go unpaid in his defense of Riley Choate but will be joined by an attorney from the public defender's office.

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Court orders Christian Choate's body released to mother

Court orders Christian Choate's body released to mother

CROWN POINT | A Lake County court ordered the body of Christian Choate released to his biological mother Friday during a hearing in advance of his father's murder trial.

September 07, 2012 7:30 pm Photos

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Choate trial delayed until the fall

Choate trial delayed until the fall

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell is delaying the murder trial of a Hammond man whose son died following a year of neglect, beatings and being locked in a dog cage.

August 01, 2012 10:00 am
Prosecutors: Conviction could land Riley Choate in prison for life

Prosecutors: Conviction could land Riley Choate in prison for life

CROWN POINT | Riley Choate, a former Gary man facing murder and other charges in the death of his teenage son, was told Tuesday he would serve an additional 30 years in prison if convicted under habitual offender laws.

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Kimberly Kubina pleads guilty to neglect in Choate case

Kimberly Kubina pleads guilty to neglect in Choate case

CROWN POINT | Kimberly Kubina, stepmother to slain teen Christian Choate, pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent Wednesday.

May 02, 2012 5:15 pm Photos

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Attorneys not ready for upcoming Choate trial

Attorneys not ready for upcoming Choate trial

CROWN POINT | Lake County Criminal Court on Tuesday reluctantly reset the murder trial of a couple accused of murder and other multiple felonies in the death of 13-year-old Christian Choate.

May 01, 2012 4:00 pm Photos

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EDITORIAL: DCS needs new direction, new director

Before James Payne took over, the Indiana Department of Child Services was a troubled agency. It remains troubled. It's time for major changes.

April 13, 2012 12:00 am

Deaths of two children the focus of a community meeting

MERRILLVILLE | The violent deaths of two Indiana children were the focus of an emotionally charged meeting Wednesday night with the state's top child services official.

April 10, 2012 10:00 pm

Defense scrambles as Choate murder trial approaches

CROWN POINT | Defense lawyers for the father and former step-mother of abuse victim Christian Choate told a judge they are running out of money and time to prepare for next month's murder trial.

April 10, 2012 6:00 pm
Choates granted divorce

Choates granted divorce

CROWN POINT | Lake Circuit Court Judge George Paras dissolved the 12-year marriage of Riley Choate and Kimberly Kubina within minutes Wednesday.

December 21, 2011 4:15 pm

Documents released, trial date reaffirmed for Choate, Kubina

CROWN POINT | Riley Choate and his estranged wife, Kimberly Kubina, were back in court Tuesday for a routine status hearing.

November 29, 2011 5:30 pm
Warrant on sex charge expected in Choate case

Warrant on sex charge expected in Choate case

CROWN POINT | Kentucky police officials said Monday another warrant is in process against the father of slain Christian Choate.

October 24, 2011 7:00 pm Related
Bail off the table in Choate case

Bail off the table in Choate case

CROWN POINT | New charges against Riley Choate in Kentucky appear to have killed the chance of bail for Choate and his estranged wife, Kimberly Kubina.

October 19, 2011 6:30 pm Photos

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Christina Choate: Dad beat, blamed her for brother's death

Christina Choate: Dad beat, blamed her for brother's death

CROWN POINT | The sister of slain Christian Choate admitted Monday to regularly punishing her brother by order of their father and stepmother.

October 17, 2011 7:00 pm Photos

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Sister of slain Gary teen may testify at parents' bail hearing

CROWN POINT | The sister of slain Gary teen Christian Choate might testify at Monday's bail hearing for the siblings' father and stepmother.

October 14, 2011 8:15 pm

Ombudsman reviews Choate case

A Department of Child Services ombudsman said this week that she reviewed the state agency's interactions with 13-year-old Christian Choate's family.

October 13, 2011 3:00 pm

May 14 trial date is scheduled for duo in Choate murder case

CROWN POINT | The couple charged with murder in the death of 13-year-old Christian Choate are set to face trial May 14.

October 05, 2011 6:00 am

Coroner: Blows fatal to slain teen

CROWN POINT | Testifying at a bail hearing Thursday, Dr. Young Kim, of the Lake County coroner's office, told the court the remains of slain Christian Choate weighed a mere 28 pounds.

September 08, 2011 7:00 pm

Attorney seeks testimony by Christina Choate

CROWN POINT | Defense attorney Randy Godshalk has subpoenaed the sister of slain Christian Choate to testify at Thursday's bail hearing for their father, Riley Choate.

September 06, 2011 6:30 pm

Date set for Choate divorce hearing

CROWN POINT | A divorce hearing for murder defendants Riley Choate and Kimberly Kubina is set for Dec. 20 in Lake Circuit Court, court documents show.

August 24, 2011 12:45 pm
Officials, family say Riley Choate a good father

Officials, family say Riley Choate a good father

CROWN POINT | Christian Choate and his father were enjoying building a positive relationship together, a local therapist reported in 2005.

August 21, 2011 10:00 pm Photos

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Court rules not to release Christian Choate's body

Court rules not to release Christian Choate's body

CROWN POINT | The body of Christian Choate will remain in the custody of the Lake County coroner's office.

August 10, 2011 3:30 pm Related

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RailCats to host Remembering Christian Choate Night

RailCats to host Remembering Christian Choate Night

GARY | The RailCats will host Remembering Christian Choate Night on Aug. 15 to raise money for victims of child abuse and neglect.

August 09, 2011 10:00 am Related

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Questions remain on Choate body's release

CROWN POINT | It remained unclear Tuesday afternoon who will take custody of the body of teenage abuse victim Christian Choate.

August 03, 2011 12:30 pm Related
Judge frees Christian Choate's body for burial

Judge frees Christian Choate's body for burial

CROWN POINT | A teenage victim of years of abuse finally may be laid to rest two years after his death.

August 02, 2011 5:15 pm Related

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Choates up for bail hearing

CROWN POINT | The bail hearing for Riley Choate and his wife, Kimberly Kubina, has been set for Sept. 8.

July 21, 2011 4:30 pm

No report of suspected child abuse? What's up, doctors?

I read about Christian Choate, who was severely abused. An ethical note that doctors take in college is to first do no harm (to any patient, etc.). Why were his doctors not reporting his abuse to any authority figure? What were they thinking by not reporting the abuse? What is this world coming to?

July 21, 2011 12:00 am
MARK KIESLING: The accused is protected, but what about the child?

MARK KIESLING: The accused is protected, but what about the child?

It's great to see a Lake County judge is very concerned about the rights of Riley Choate and Kimberly Kubina, who are charged with murder in the death of Choate's 13-year-old son, Christian.

July 13, 2011 12:00 am
Court's gag order on Choate case far-reaching

Court's gag order on Choate case far-reaching

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell's order "gagging" people and agencies involved in the Christian Choate case may be as unusual as the case itself.

July 12, 2011 12:30 pm Related

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Christian Choate one of two region boys to die as doctors kept quiet

Christian Choate one of two region boys to die as doctors kept quiet

Two region boys who died of abuse-related injuries were seen by doctors who knew or suspected mistreatment but didn't report it to authorities, a Times review of state and medical records shows.

July 11, 2011 12:00 am Related
Who knew Christian Choate was being abused?

Who knew Christian Choate was being abused?

More than 13 people may have known of alleged abuse endured by Christian Choate before his 2009 death, but most said nothing to authorities, a Times review of Indiana Department of Child Services records shows.

July 10, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Choate autopsy report complete

Choate autopsy report complete

CROWN POINT | Court records show the Lake County coroner's office has delivered its official autopsy report on slain Christian Choate to the Lake County prosecutor as ordered by the court earlier in the week.

July 07, 2011 5:39 pm Related

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Second autopsy for doomed boy denied

Second autopsy for doomed boy denied

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell on Tuesday denied a defense request for a second autopsy of Christian Choate's remains.

July 05, 2011 6:00 pm Photos

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Prosecutor steps up Choate probe

CROWN POINT | A lawyer representing the sister of 13-year-old Christian Choate is resisting prosecution efforts to question her under oath about her brother's alleged captivity and beating death.

July 01, 2011 1:00 pm
Gag order issued in Christian Choate case

Gag order issued in Christian Choate case

CROWN POINT | A gag order was issued Thursday afternoon in the criminal case relating to 13-year-old Christian Choate's death, a state official said Thursday.

June 30, 2011 5:45 pm Photos

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Prosecutor wants DNA from father of Christian Choate

CROWN POINT | The Lake County prosecutor's office wants a DNA sample from the father of 13-year-old Christian Choate, whose body was found last month in a shallow grave.

June 30, 2011 1:45 pm
Christian Choate wrote letters detailing abuse, mistreatment before his death

Christian Choate wrote letters detailing abuse, mistreatment before his death

Christian Choate wanted to die. The 13-year-old boy, whose body Lake County police unearthed last month from a shallow grave in Gary, wrote letters before his death detailing how he was being mistreated, how he just wanted to be liked by his family and how he wanted to die.

June 24, 2011 5:47 pm Photos

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Records indicate Christian Choate missed numerous days of school

Records indicate Merrillville school officials contacted the parents of Christian Choate, concerned about the number of days he had missed from school.

June 24, 2011 11:30 am
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