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  • Elderly man’s family asked court to protect him from Carole DeLeon

    The family of an 86-year-old Cheney man who died this week had recently gone to court to separate him from Carole DeLeon, the Stevens County foster mother who had been …


  • Release nears for foster mother blamed for starving child

    Carole DeLeon, the foster mother blamed for starving Tyler DeLeon to death, gets out of prison Wednesday after serving about half of the sentence she received in a 2007 plea …


  • Guest opinion: Child welfare files still hazy

    This month marks the fifth anniversary of the death of 7-year-old Tyler DeLeon, who lived and died in Washington’s child welfare system. It didn’t have to happen.


  • DSHS settles in abuse case

    The state of Washington will pay more than $6 million to former foster children of Carole DeLeon, including the estate of the 7-year-old boy who died of starvation in her …


  • Boy’s doctor missed abuse

    The family doctor who treated Tyler DeLeon didn’t recognize or report the pattern of abuse that killed him, according to a state investigation released last month. Child Protective Services investigators …


  • DeLeon gets the maximum

    COLVILLE – The judge sentencing Carole Ann DeLeon faced a courtroom Friday divided between community outrage over the death of a little boy and an adoptive mother described by her …


  • DeLeon detective content with plea deal

    While few, if any, of the families connected to the Carole DeLeon criminal case seem pleased by her plea agreement, the Stevens County sheriff’s detective who labored to bring justice …


  • Birth mother decries plea deal

    Tyler DeLeon’s biological mother said she wasn’t consulted last week when prosecutors agreed to a plea agreement allowing the boy’s adoptive mother to avoid a possible lifelong prison term. Kenda …


  • Deal lets DeLeon avoid trial

    The tiny little boy whose death shook the foundations of the state’s child welfare system and inspired the governor and others to seek reform will not get his case heard …


  • Deleon timeline

    DeLeon timeline Here are summaries of some of the injuries and reports documenting Tyler DeLeon’s troubled life.


  • DeLeon legal claims mount

    OLYMPIA – As Carole Ann DeLeon sits in jail, charged with killing her adopted son by depriving him of water, several of her foster children are filing millions of dollars …


  • Files gone, histories erased

    It’s an open secret. Each year the state’s Department of Social and Health Services destroys thousands of private records about the children once in its care. Preserving the voluminous files …


  • DeLeon pleads innocent to murder

    COLVILLE – Deer Park-area resident Carole Ann DeLeon pleaded innocent Tuesday to a second-degree murder charge in the death of her 7-year-old adopted son. She is accused of depriving Tyler …


  • Ex-foster mother charged

    The Stevens County prosecutor has charged a former foster mother with criminal mistreatment of a young boy in her care but did not announce whether she would be charged in …


  • Foster mother admits children reliant on state

    COLVILLE – A foster mother under criminal investigation for the death of her 7-year-old son acknowledged Monday in a civil proceeding that the state has enough evidence that a court …


  • Why did Tyler DeLeon die?

    At the time of his autopsy last January, tiny Tyler DeLeon weighed precisely as much as he had three years earlier: 28 pounds. For months at a time, the 7-year-old …


  • Allegations riddle mother’s past

    On the day before his death in January, a skinny 6-year-old named Tyler Joseph DeLeon made a hole in the screen window of a home in southern Stevens County to …


  • CPS was warned about caregiver

    Last spring, a state worker cut short his investigation at a rural Stevens County foster home after a caregiver approached him with a chisel, according to internal Child Protective Services …


  • Records of abuse tossed by state

    Craig Baird remembers the bruises on the girl’s body. In 1988, he and his wife called Stevens County law enforcement, worried that the girl they were baby-sitting was being abused …


  • Boy’s death suspicious

    On his seventh birthday, a helicopter rushed Tyler DeLeon from southern Stevens County to a Spokane hospital, where he died under circumstances that are now part of a homicide investigation …


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