We all cried a river over the terrible plight of Christian Eriks (Choate) but then did nothing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Legislation to bring necessary reforms to the Department of Child Services has fortunately cleared the first hurdles in the Indiana General Assembly.
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.
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.
CROWN POINT | Riley Choate showed no emotion Friday as he pleaded guilty to multiple charges relating to the neglect and death of his 13-year-old son.
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.
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.
CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell will hold a hearing Monday on whether to delay the trial of accused murderer Riley Choate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CROWN POINT | Kimberly Kubina, stepmother to slain teen Christian Choate, pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent Wednesday.
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.
Before James Payne took over, the Indiana Department of Child Services was a troubled agency. It remains troubled. It's time for major changes.
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.
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.
CROWN POINT | Lake Circuit Court Judge George Paras dissolved the 12-year marriage of Riley Choate and Kimberly Kubina within minutes Wednesday.
CROWN POINT | Riley Choate and his estranged wife, Kimberly Kubina, were back in court Tuesday for a routine status hearing.
CROWN POINT | Kentucky police officials said Monday another warrant is in process against the father of slain Christian Choate.
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.
CROWN POINT | The sister of slain Christian Choate admitted Monday to regularly punishing her brother by order of their father and stepmother.
CROWN POINT | The sister of slain Gary teen Christian Choate might testify at Monday's bail hearing for the siblings' father and stepmother.
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.
CROWN POINT | The couple charged with murder in the death of 13-year-old Christian Choate are set to face trial May 14.
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.
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.
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.
CROWN POINT | Christian Choate and his father were enjoying building a positive relationship together, a local therapist reported in 2005.
CROWN POINT | The body of Christian Choate will remain in the custody of the Lake County coroner's office.
GARY | The RailCats will host Remembering Christian Choate Night on Aug. 15 to raise money for victims of child abuse and neglect.
CROWN POINT | It remained unclear Tuesday afternoon who will take custody of the body of teenage abuse victim Christian Choate.
CROWN POINT | A teenage victim of years of abuse finally may be laid to rest two years after his death.
CROWN POINT | The bail hearing for Riley Choate and his wife, Kimberly Kubina, has been set for Sept. 8.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell on Tuesday denied a defense request for a second autopsy of Christian Choate's remains.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Records indicate Merrillville school officials contacted the parents of Christian Choate, concerned about the number of days he had missed from school.
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