Stories tagged: Child Protective Services
Fri., Jan. 19, 2018
Post Falls couple accused of felony child abuse also face charges of incest
Three months after their arrests in connection to a grievous child abuse case, Melvin W. Bledsoe and Joy T. Anderson remain in Kootenai County jail.
Sun., Nov. 20, 2016, 7:15 a.m.
Mother’s addictions caused nine-year separation, but she’s finally reunited with her daughter
Drugs and violence separated Avery McFarland from her mother, Stephanie Skupien, nine years ago when Avery was a little girl. Now they’re forging a new relationship.
Tue., Aug. 30, 2016, 2:46 p.m.
Infant found dead under ‘questionable circumstances’ in Spokane County home
An infant was found dead Monday morning under “questionable circumstances,” leading to an 11-year-old boy being placed with Child Protective Services while sheriff’s deputies investigate the cause of death.
Tue., April 12, 2016, 4:04 p.m.
Marijuana patient sues state after daughter develops MRSA in foster care
Medical marijuana patient, denied custody of daughter, sues state agency after she contracts serious illness in foster care.
Sat., Feb. 27, 2016, 8:04 a.m.
Pullman police send case of SUV crashed by toddler to CPS
Pullman police have forwarded a case to Child Protective Services after a 2-year-old Potlatch boy was reported to have backed out of a driveway and driven into a garage on …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 20, 2015, 9 p.m.
CPS caseworker missed chances to intervene before death of Pullman baby
Washington’s Child Protective Services missed opportunities to intervene with the family of a Pullman baby who suffocated on a plastic bag Easter Sunday, according to a state review of the …
UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2015, 9:58 a.m.
Chattaroy boy’s death investigated as a homicide
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 5-year-old Chattaroy boy as a possible homicide.
Sat., Jan. 10, 2015
CPS releases to mother 2-year-old left in cold car; Father posts bond
A laughing, tumbling 2-year-old Jesse Dillon proudly displayed his Batman toys at his grandmother’s house on the West Plains on Friday, three days after doctors say he nearly died after …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 7, 2015, 9:09 p.m.
Officer found 2-year-old ‘ice-cold’ after father left him alone in car for 5 hours
A shivering, barefoot toddler left alone in a car for more than five hours in near-freezing temperatures on the South Hill may be alive today thanks to the actions of …
Wed., Sept. 10, 2014
Road worker honored for helping young children home alone
A Spokane County road crew worker who took action when she found three small children left home alone was recognized Tuesday morning by commissioners and her co-workers. Kelley Stickelmeyer was …
Tue., March 11, 2014, 7 a.m.
Washington to pay $3 million to woman raped, abused by mother’s boyfriend
The state of Washington will pay $3 million to a woman who alleged Child Protective Services agents failed to protect her from her mother’s abusive boyfriend in the mid-1990s, even …
Wed., Jan. 8, 2014
Washington child protective services tests new FAR approach in Spokane
Washington’s child protective services will handle some cases of child neglect or mistreatment differently under a new program rolling out in Spokane and two other locations. Automatic investigations by social …
Sun., July 14, 2013
Advocacy network works to reunite parents, kids in foster care
Single father Andrew Farris knew he’d have to fight his own monsters before he could be a dad again. Farris will never forget the day he lost custody of his …
Thu., Jan. 12, 2012
Charges are dropped in homicide case
Murder charges have been dropped against a Spokane man arrested for the homicide of a 62-year-old Stevens County woman. Robert Cody Wirtz, 30, was released from jail on Tuesday, about …
Thu., Dec. 15, 2011
CPS report triggered arrest in Northport homicide
A 4-year-old boy’s ongoing nightmares about “a dead lady” and his description of how she died led homicide detectives to arrest his father in the slaying of a Stevens County …
Wed., Dec. 14, 2011, 7:19 p.m.
Son’s nightmares about ‘dead lady’ led to man’s murder arrest
A 4-year-old boy’s nightmares about “a dead lady” and his description of how she died led homicide detectives to arrest his father in the slaying of a Stevens County woman, …
Thu., Sept. 29, 2011
Children found at meth raid
Two children were taken from a squalid home in Mead early Monday during a methamphetamine raid that netted two arrests. Child Protective Services took custody of a 7-year-old girl and …
Wed., Sept. 28, 2011, 8:58 a.m.
Two kids in state custody after Mead meth raid
Two children were taken from a squalid home in Mead this morning during a methamphetamine raid that netted two arrests.
Thu., March 24, 2011, 6:53 p.m.
Two children missing, considered endangered
Child Protective Services and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department are seeking the public’s help locating two children who were taken by their biological mother and are considered endangered.
Sun., March 20, 2011
Adoptions, parental rights loophole puts families in flux
A Tri-Cities couple’s adopted sons may be taken away, and a Spokane woman’s daughter was adopted while she fought to keep the girl. The separate child custody cases illustrate a …
Thu., Jan. 20, 2011
Special needs kids find caring home with the Beuhls
The first phone call came almost 20 years ago. It was about a tiny child at St. Anne’s Children Home with shaken baby syndrome. The baby was so frail and …
Wed., Oct. 6, 2010
Charges mount for suspect in baby’s death
A man accused of beating to death his girlfriend’s 1-year-old son has been charged with a previous assault on another child. James R. “J.R.” Cooley, 22, already jailed on $1 …
Tue., May 18, 2010
Spokane’s Nurse Family Partnership has its first graduates
Shay and Jaydon Moss are the reason the Nurse Family Partnership exists, and it is quite possible the reverse is also true. Were it not for the Spokane Regional Health …
Sun., April 25, 2010
Agencies help two Spokane moms overcome addictions, chaotic lifestyles
A bit of good news about children today: Life is getting safer for them. A large-scale federal study, released in February, showed a 26 percent decrease in physical, sexual and …
Tue., April 6, 2010, 1:24 p.m.
Spokane police searching for mother after alleged assault
Spokane police are searching for a woman and her two young children after she reportedly violated court restrictions during an alleged assault on Saturday.
Fri., April 17, 2009
Child Protective Services denounced
OLYMPIA – Lawmakers, parents and an Eastern Washington prosecutor on Thursday blasted state child-protection officials, saying the state is too quick to remove children from their families. “The system is …
Sun., Aug. 10, 2008
State investigates child welfare office
A high volume of complaints regarding the Washington Division of Children and Family Services’ Colville office has triggered an investigation by the state ombudsman. Ombudsman Mary Meinig will be in …