Why Was Child Protective Services Not Charged with Contempt, and Abuse?

Child Protective Services accused of ignoring a judge’s order

Posted: April 14, 2009 02:17 AM EDT

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The last thing law enforcement wants to do is take a child from its parents. Still, they have to do exactly that thousands of times a year. But this story is different because of what they did with the child once they took her away from her mother.

The consensus is, keep a child with it’s extended family whenever possible. That’s the approach Child Protective Services wants to take. But Monday we met a woman who says they didn’t do that in her case, even though they had a court order telling them to.

One thing is absolutely clear. Everybody wants what’s best for baby Sara.

“She can’t defend herself. She’s only three months old,” said her mother April Register.

When Child Protective Services was going to take away April’s son and daughter, April knew she wanted her mother-in-law to have custody.

“She’s a very strong woman. I trust her entirely,” she said.

But they went to a foster family instead. CPS sayes a member of the grandmother’s household failed criminal background checks.

5 days later, the 3 month old little girl was out of foster care, and in the hospital.

“When I saw her I saw how bad it really was. She had a diaper rash that was red and swollen that went all the way up her back. She had a deep cut on her knee,” aid Register.
April’s convinced that her 3 month old daughter was severely neglected, even abused while in foster care. Both Child Protective Services and North Las Vegas Police are investigating that. But no matter what the outcome of those investigations, the question remains: should those kids have been in foster care, or with their grandmother in the first place.

“Very surprised,” said Attorney Tom Michaelides of the placement decision. “The reason why is there was no ambiguity in the judge’s order.”

Michaelides is handling the case for April. He says a family court judge had told CPS to place the kids with their grandmother. But they didn’t.

“I’ve never in 15 years every had anybody completely ignore a judge’s order like that. Especially a government agency,” he said.

Even after all of that, Child Protective Services is sticking with their original argument. Today the kids were placed with their grandmother. And in court Monday, CPS told the judge, they still think he got it wrong.

Meanwhile, April Register herself is still under investigation for the incident that started all of this. A mistake, she says, that put prescription drugs in the hands of her son, and her son in an emergency room.

People are going ot want to know why are they in the system? We told her.

“They are going to come at me with whatever they can because they’re in trouble right now. I’ll do whatever it takes to get my kids back,” she told us.

Child Protective Services told me, they just don’t agree that baby Sara is best off in her grandmother’s house. And they have different take on what landed the three-month-old in the hospital too. They say it wasn’t abuse, but dehydration.

The foster parent assigned to take care of Sara and her brother brought them back to Child Haven – saying the kids were more than she could handle.

They Say They Can’t Predict Human Behavior- But Yet they are Smart Enough to Remove Children From Their Home?

Foster mother and 16-year old son charged with felony child abuse

This has to be the most insane piece I have found to date on the reason children are abused in foster homes.The very last sentance is the clincher. DFCS said, they did all the background checks they knew to do, but they can’t predict human behavior. That is indeed an oxymoron. They can predict alleged abuse in a bilogical home but they can’t predict abuse in a foster home. How stupid do they think we are?

Updated: April 16, 2009 01:15 AM EDT

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Police arrested a woman and her teenage son Wednesday.

Both are accused of abusing two foster children who lived in their North Las Vegas home.

A judge originally told Child Protective Services to place the children with their biological grandmother. But CPS says they didn’t think that was safe.

So they turned them over to this foster woman who is now charged with four felony counts of child abuse.

“My son, he said he will never forget what happened to him and that hurts my heart,” April Register says.

She’s a mom crying for her children, an eight year old boy and a three month old girl.

Their foster mother 51-year old Deborah Hill and her 16-year old son were arrested and charged with child abuse.

“It was terrible, my god my babies…it was just terrible!” April says while crying.

The children were pulled from their mother, April Register, after the boy swallowed prescription Xanex and had to be hospitalized.

Then after five days in foster care April was taking pictures of her daughter in the hospital. She was dehydrated and had abrasions on her face and leg.

“It was determined through evidence that the injuries these children sustained were consistent with child abuse while they were in her care,” Chrissie Coon, with the North Las Vegas Police says.

Police are offering very few details, but April says her daughter was left face down in a closet for three days.

“That’s how she got the abrasions on her head. My son went to relieve her, because the first night she was there she was put in the closet, and he was beat with a wiffle bat,” April says.

April says Child Protective Services deserves half the blame for not placing her children with their grandmother like the judge ordered.

“This would never have happened had she followed the courts orders,” April says.

Everyone was back in court Monday and the judge ordered the children to be immediately placed with their grandmother. They were and that is where they are now.

A spokesperson with CPS says they still disagree with the judges orders to give the children to the grandmother. They say someone else living in the house did not pass a background check.

As to Deborah Hill, they say they do all the checks they can, but they can’t predict human behavior.