This Amber Alert was Broadcast on Nov 18th 2009 She was allegedly abducted on the way to school

PORT ST. LUCIE — An Amber Alert was issued shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday for a girl police say may have been abducted as she walked along Midtown Road near Port St. Lucie Boulevard.

Witnesses described the girl as being between 7 and 8 years old, white with dark hair. She was last seen wearing a blue skirt and a pink or purple shirt. No other details were released Wednesday morning and police did not have a positive identification of the girl.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Web site, the Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse is labeling this incident as “endangered” and the child is thought to be in danger.

The alert also said the child might be in the company of two Hispanic males, approximately 20 to 30 years old with dark hair, both wearing blue or black T-shirts. They are thought to have been involved in the abduction and might be traveling in a white, possibly newer model panel van with t-style brushed aluminum rims.

Two 8- to 9-year-old boys walking to their bus stop at Southeast Pinero Road reported seeing a “suspicious van” driving south on Midtown Road about 7:25 a.m. when the van changed directions and went north. The van passed them and the occupants are thought to have taken the girl, according to police.

“They witnessed the van allegedly abduct this child,” said Officer Tom Nichols, police spokesman. “From what they are saying … the girl was kicking and screaming. They just grabbed her and took off.”

Police are checking the public schools to make sure all the children are in school and there’s nobody missing. The boys don’t know who the girl is, nor do police. All children at the bus stop have been accounted for.

Nichols said white vans are being stopped in hopes of finding the girl and police are checking all sex offenders and/or predators in the area.

“We don’t have a name or description other than that provided by the boys,” Nichols said.

No one else reported the apparent abduction, but a flurry of law enforcement officers and vehicles descended on the area. A helicopter hovered over the area, at one point broadcasting information about the abduction and asking anyone with information to call 911.

Several law enforcement K-9 teams from throughout the state that were training in Martin County arrived at the scene to assist.

Anyone who may have information related to the case can call the Port St. Lucie Police Department at (772) 871-5000, their local law enforcement agency or 911.

This story will be updated when further information is released.

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If You Know Where He Is Please Let the Police Know

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Boynton Beach police are searching for a man who they said sexually abused a 13-year-old girl.

Detectives met with the victim who said Margarito Andres, 22, sexually assaulted her more than 40 times since she was approximately 10 years old.

The victim also told police that Andres threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the abuse.

Andres is believed to have left the area. If you know where he is, call Boynton Beach police.Copyright 2009 by WPBF.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed

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Now This Was Not Only A Distaster Waiting to Happen It Was Just Plain Stupid and You Can’t Fix Stupid

STUART, Fla. — Martin County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a husband and wife accused of leaving their newborn baby in a hot vehicle.

Walter Lugo and Monica Alastra were arrested Monday on child neglect charges.

Deputies were called to a report of an infant left unattended in a vehicle outside the Joanne’s Fabrics in Jensen Beach.

When deputies arrived, they found a 7-month-old girl inside a parked Toyota minivan with the doors unlocked and the windows rolled up.

Witnesses said the child had been left in the vehicle for about 30 minutes.

Deputies said the parents were inside the store shopping with their other 3-year-old child at the time.

According to the arrest affidavit, Lugo and Alastra told deputies they used poor judgment and didn’t know what they were thinking when they left the girl alone in the vehicle.

Deputies said the child was OK, although her clothing was damp from perspiration.Copyright 2009 by WPBF.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu

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Stepfather convicted in death of ‘Baby Grace’

He should have been fast tracked to the chair. This child was an innocent and now she will never make her footprint of this earth. These two people had no feeling or love for this preciouse little girl. They threw her away like yesterdays trash.

JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press Writer Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 33 mins ago
GALVESTON, Texas – A Southeast Texas man was convicted Friday of capital murder in the 2007 beating death of his 2-year-old stepdaughter whose battered body was found in a container floating in Galveston Bay.

Jurors deliberated for 4 1/2 hours before finding Royce Clyde Zeigler II guilty in the death of the child known as “Baby Grace.” He will receive an automatic life sentence because prosecutors did not seek the death penalty. Jurors also could have convicted Zeigler of a lesser charge of manslaughter.

Zeigler and his wife, Kimberly Trenor, the toddler’s mother, were accused of killing her during a discipline session that spun out of control. Trenor was convicted of capital murder in February and also received an automatic life sentence.

Investigators called the child “Baby Grace” until relatives in Ohio identified her as Riley Ann Sawyers.

Prosecutors said Zeigler and Trenor killed the toddler at their home in Spring, a suburb north of Houston, during a July 2007 discipline session intended to teach her proper manners. Authorities said Zeigler was upset the 2-year-old didn’t consistently use “please” and “thank you.”

Prosecutors said Trenor and Zeigler beat Riley with belts, dunked her head in a cold bath water and threw her onto a tile floor, fracturing her skull. An autopsy determined the child died of two skull fractures.

After Riley’s death, the couple stuffed her body in a plastic box and hid it for months in a storage shed at their home. Then they drove about 75 miles southeast to Galveston Bay, where they dumped the container and body in October 2007, according to authorities.

Riley’s remains were discovered by a fisherman on a small island in the bay.

During the trial, Ziegler’s attorneys told jurors their client was in another room when Riley died and there was no evidence he killed her.

But prosecutors said Zeigler lied repeatedly to investigators, giving them conflicting statements on the girl’s death. Prosecutors showed the Galveston County jury video of Zeigler admitting dumping the child’s body in the bay.

Riley’s identity was a mystery for weeks until her paternal grandmother in Ohio saw an artist’s sketch of the girl and told authorities in Texas she thought it was her granddaughter.

Trenor and Zeigler met playing an online video game and married in June 2007 after Trenor moved with her daughter from Mentor, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, to live with Zeigler in his home in Spring.

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The Question is Where are The Children NOW???

Acreage man arrested on child abuse charges; 3-month-old daughter suffers fractured skull, leg, ribs
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By ELIOT KLEINBERG

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Hipolito J. Fraguela, authorities allege, said his 3-month-old daughter got hurt when a 16-month-old brother threw a can of ravioli at her head.

Then he said she fractured her skull when he dropped her, broke her leg when he stepped on her, and broke her ribs as he gave her CPR.

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Then authorities founded a loaded rifle in his home.

Then he admitted he was part of the Crips gang.

Then he went to jail.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Fraguela, 24, of The Acreage, early Friday .

He is charged with two counts each of child abuse with great bodily harm, unsafe storage of a firearm, and possession of a weapon by a felon.

He’s being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $82,000 bail.

According to a sheriff’s report, Fraguela and his girlfriend took their little girl Thursday night to St. Mary’s Medical Center, and later to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood.

Fraguela told investigators that about two weeks earlier, the couple’s 16-month-old son had thrown a can that had struck the baby.

Then, he said, on Oct. 25, the baby’s eyes appeared abnormal and kept crossing, and her arms moved involuntarily.

When the couple took the baby on Thursday to her regular doctor for shots, he examined her and told the parents to take her to the hospital.

There, Hipolito said, doctors told him the child had a skull fracture.

After Hipolito and his girlfriend gave permission for a search of their home, deputies found a loaded .22-caliber rifle on the living room floor.

Hipolito told detectives he had been giving the baby a bath on Oct. 21 and dropped her over his shoulder, and the back of her head struck the floor.

Asked how she got a broken leg, he said that, as he went to pick her up, he stepped on it.

Asked how she got broken ribs, he at first could not say, then said he recalled an incident in which she was choking and he performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

On Saturday, a supplement says, doctors at the DiMaggio hospital told detectives they’d found additional injuries; the portion detailing them is whited out.

Hipolito also admitted to being an active member of the Crips, a violent nationwide street gang founded in southern California in the 1970s.

Detectives familiar with the case did not immediately return calls on Wednesday.

According to the sheriff’s report, the Department of Children and Families has told detectives a judge on Friday ordered Hipolito have no contact with his girlfriend or their 16-month-old.

The girlfriend also told detectives she planned to file for a restraining order on Monday, Nov. 2, and court records indicate that took place.

In February 2008, records show, Hipolito pleaded guilty to firing a weapon from a vehicle, a second-degree felony. His sentence was suspended.

Staff writer Michael LaForgia and staff researcher Michelle Quigley contributed to this story

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What is Wrong with This Picture? How Much Did The State of Kentucky Need That Month in Funding?

The Goodbye Meeting
Posted July 15, 2006

When Nothing You Do Seems to Matter
I am submitting my personal story because I want the world to know what is happening to my family and countless other innocent families in Kentucky.

I am the maternal grandmother of five siblings. However, as of July 6, 2006, three of my five grandchildren have been permanently taken from my daughter. The Inspector Generals Office led us to believe they were investigating our case; but after continuously trying to get them to at least acknowledge our inquiries, we ran out of time … this, of course, we believe was the plan to begin with.

We were given false hope when a local news channel took an interest in our story until we saw photographs of the girls on our television screen — which were pictures that I provided to the social workers. The pictures displayed were photographs of the twins at around 4.5 months of age. Viewers were led to believe they were looking at 13-month-old starving twins! It was also erroneously reported that the girls could not sit up or crawl at 13-months of age. Nevertheless, I have recorded video of the girls’ happy, well adjusted, crawling, sitting up, and singing at 10-months-old; but no one would listen to us. No one wanted to hear the truth.

Children Forever Separated
I have the older two siblings but the younger three girls are in foster care and are about to be “adopted-out.” I have no background issues to prevent me from welcoming all five children into my home. As a matter of fact, my home has been evaluated and passed inspection or I would not have been approved for placement of the two older boys, ages eleven and nine.

A foster family has the three girls and a foster grandmother is caring for them. I am not giving up the fight for my grandchildren! I have been fighting the state for three years now to obtain custody of the three girls and will continue to fight this injustice! I am their biological grandmother, the boys and girls need to be together — additionally, I am capable of raising them all.

A social worker and therapist told me yesterday, that they would arrange a “goodbye meeting” between the girls, boys, mom, dad and myself. After this goodbye meeting, we will never be able to see the girls again. The girls are identical twins, age five in September, and their youngest sister will be four-years-old also in September. They are gorgeous girls and any and everyone would love to have these girls, they are cute, young and adoptable! The boys are cute also, but they are older children, ages eleven and nine and not as “adoptable” – Thank Goodness!

My daughter has been falsely accused of neglect. She has a slight learning disability but nothing that would be detrimental to the care of her children. She has a form of Dyslexia. She is threatening a nervous breakdown, as are her five children. The state has done everything to ensure that she will not succeed, but little to nothing in assisting and reuniting her with her children. The state would rather pay strangers $2,500.00 per month and receive state bonuses or incentives rather than do the right thing for this family.

My daughter is poor and therefore has become a prime candidate for the system. The social worker intentionally developed case plans that were practically impossible to follow. Sometimes, two and three meetings were scheduled per day although my daughter has five children to care for!

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

Child Protective Services accused of ignoring a judge’s order

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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.

Why Weren’t the Foster Parents Identified?

Vegas Child Found With Bag Over Its Head
3-Year-Old Died In Foster Care

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UPDATED: 2:05 pm PDT May 27, 2009

facebookdel.icio.usbuzzdiggreddit›› Email›› PrintLAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas foster couple is being questioned by police after the death of a 3-year-old boy in their care.

The couple called police when the child was found unconscious in their home with a plastic bag over its head. Paramedics tried to revive the boy and rushed him to Sunrise Hospital, but he died a short time later.

Metro police identified the child as Adrian Madrid but have not released the names of the couple or why the boy was in foster care.

Case Work Falsified Report Child Died in Foster Care

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Community remembers youth slain in foster care
By Charlene Muhammad
Updated Jun 22, 2004 – 12:08:00 PM
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Debra Reid (3rd left) announces Day of Mourning events in front of the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services Office June 9. The day marked the 7th anniversary of the death of her 9-year-old son Jonathan who was killed while in foster care. Photo: Charlend Muhammad
LOS ANGELES (FinalCall.com) – June 9, 2004 was the first day in seven years that Debra Reid placed a tombstone on the grave of her asthmatic son, Jonathan. He was taken away from her in 1997 at 9 years of age and placed in a foster home because a social worker falsified a court case document. During that time, he was overmedicated and died.
Ms. Reid plummeted into mourning with a purpose and founded the Jonathan Reid Family Rights Coalition, a non-legal support service for families involved in the dependency court system. She also established June 9 as a Day of Mourning for all children who died while in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

“It’s been seven years since his death in a foster care home, but for my family, the pain resides as if he had passed yesterday,” Ms. Reid stated.

At a press conference that same day, she commemorated the young lives, announcing her push for a bill in California that would require mandatory sentencing for the filing of false documentation into court records that result in the injury or death of a child under the care of DCFS.

A similar bill, HR 71E, was adopted in the Florida House in 2002, and carries a third-degree felony sentence.

Later that evening, the community joined the Reid family in a song and prayer vigil at Faith United Methodist Church. They viewed a videotaped history of Jonathan’s life, and Ms. Reid’s struggle for justice, wherein she filed a million-dollar civil lawsuit against Los Angeles County and the treating physician, which included the removal of the civil immunity of DCFS social workers under Government Code 820.21, Ms. Reid said.

But the settlement that they awarded the family was not sufficient justice. “We sought true justice and we have not received it. All we received was a payoff and we’re not satisfied with a payoff,” Ms. Reid charged.

“I believe that within our community, we should be able to culturally put our children with our religious centers, social centers, and have social workers set up an alternative program where these types of things are not happening,” stated Min. Tony Muhammad, Nation of Islam Western Regional Representative.

Educator and journalist Kaia Niambi Shivers works with foster youth and adults who have been emancipated from the foster care system. She pointed out that the foster care system is laden with bureaucracy.

“It’s not just the social worker—that’s just one person. You have judges, police officers, psychologists, even court appointed attorneys—a whole circle of people who basically block the parent from some sort of healthy, intimate relationship with their child,” she stated.

And regardless of the child’s background, she continued, being ripped from a mother’s arms renders a type of psychological trauma that the victims live with every day. She cautioned that it is no rhetoric or conspiracy theory that there is a disproportionate number of Black youth in foster care.

According to a 2003 Child Welfare League of America report, entitled “Children of Color in the Child Welfare System,” for every 1,000 Black children in the U.S. population, 21 were in foster care on September 30, 2000, whereas for every 1,000 White children, five were in foster care. While Blacks were 15 percent of the total population under the age 18, they were 40 percent of the foster care population. Whites under the age of 18 registered at 61 percent of the total population, yet 38 percent of the foster care population, the document continued.

A DCFS spokesperson, who requested anonymity, stated that the number of children in the care of DCFS dropped from 60,000 in 2001 to 45,000 in 2003, with a total of seven who have died within the last three years. Whenever a child is lost, it is a tragedy, he stated.
When these fatalities occur under the cover of unjust reporting and removals, the pain is worsened, Ms. Reid stated.

She has lost track of how many children the coalition has helped reunite with their families—not magically, she stated, but through hearings that parents hardly know exist.

“We hit them with their own laws, but the problem is that parents do not know their rights, and their court-appointed attorneys do not inform them, because the system could become liable, and that is their bread and butter,” she explained.

The coalition has created an informative pamphlet that outlines the language, structure and procedures of the dependency court system.

However, according to Allan Parachini, public information officer for the Los Angeles Juvenile Dependency Court, the court is not a county agency and does not employ the attorneys. He said it is hard to believe that, given the court’s quality of leadership, inadequate representation occurs.

Ms. Reid said that the Day of Mourning was especially poignant for her, because it came in the wake of the federal government’s reporting that the state’s child welfare system could lose nearly $18 million in funding for its failure to abide by measures regulating the well-being of children in its system.

(The Jonathan Reid Family Rights Coalition may be contacted at (310) 515-7686.)