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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 boy’s death. The child fatality review found that a social worker failed to conduct comprehensive interviews with the baby’s parents despite five CPS referrals to the home since 2012. Nor was a full safety evaluation of the home conducted in the months prior to the death of 4-month-old Charles William Becker Jr. The baby’s father, 25-year-old Charles Becker, has pleaded not guilty to the charge of second-degree manslaughter in the death of his son.

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 being left for more than five hours in a frigid car on Spokane’s South Hill. “He will not get into the car seat now,” said Dillon’s mother, Ana Dillon, who still has questions about the events that led to her son being found shivering cold in his father’s 1998 Camaro by police hours after being left alone Tuesday. “He is scared of being, really, in the car.”

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 with her crew about 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 14 preparing to patch pavement on Vista Grande Drive north of Trent Avenue when she saw two girls, ages 5 and 2, on the front porch. The older one was crying.

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 after she gave birth at Deaconess Memorial Hospital in Spokane when she was 12 years old. The man impregnated her again within two months. That time she gave birth in Boise.

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 workers will be replaced with referrals to services that might help a family through whatever trouble they’re experiencing. It’s a less adversarial approach that’s been successful in keeping families together in other states, said Connie Lambert-Eckel, regional administrator for the state Children’s Administration in Eastern Washington.