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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 a month after statements by his 4-year-old son led detectives to identify him as a suspect in the death of Narleen B. Campton, who was beaten to death in her home in Northport, Wash., near the Canadian border, in late November.

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 woman, according to new court documents. The boy’s mother contacted Child Protective Services on Nov. 24 – two days before the decomposing body of Narleen B. Campton, 62, was discovered in her Northport home about 10 miles south of the Canadian border.

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 9-year-old boy while the two adults were being booked into jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine, said Sgt. Dave Reagan of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

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.

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 gap in Washington law that makes it possible for adoptions to be finalized while the biological mother or father appeals termination of their parental rights.

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 mistreated staff were afraid the child would never be able to form a lasting bond with anyone. Terry Beuhl answered the phone that night and after a conversation with her husband, Jerry, the couple decided to make the one-year commitment it took to become the baby’s foster parents. Today, the couple continues to open their home, arms and hearts to abused, sick and mistreated babies who need a temporary home. As foster parents, they have lost count of how many babies they have held, rocked, burped and changed over the years.

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 million bond for first-degree murder, was ordered held on an additional $250,000 bail Tuesday on two counts of first-degree assault for the beating of a baby boy in May that left the child mentally disabled.

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 District’s home nursing program for first-time mothers, the twin boys may not have made it to their second birthday in good health last week.

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 emotional abuse against children between 1993 and 2006. Likely reasons? Public awareness of abuse and lack of tolerance for it. And programs that help parents overcome addiction, poverty and chaos.