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The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, alleges Excelsior employees acted in "callous disregard" by allowing the abuse to continue while the victim relied on staff for basic needs and care during his time at the center.
Child abuse or neglect in most of Eastern Washington, including Spokane, Pullman, Moses Lake, Colville and Chelan, can be reported to Child Protective Services at (800) 557-9671.
One day after the legal clock expired for pressing charges against a Spokane Valley man accused of gouging his children’s eyes, abusing them and using a Pringles can to splint his son’s broken leg, Spokane County prosecutors provided an explanation Thursday as to why they did not bring criminal charges.
The legal clock runs out Wednesday for Spokane County prosecutors to bring charges against a Spokane Valley man accused of gouging his own children’s eyes and breaking his own son’s leg before splinting it with a Pringles potato chip in a pattern of abuse one nurse described as “child torture.”
In an interview with detectives last year, Merlyn R. Schmelzer described how he raped the girl, a relative by marriage, at his cabin near Loon Lake and at a home in Cle Elum, Washington, according to court records.
A 5-month-old infant found at a Seattle homeless encampment is in protective custody as police investigate child neglect.
A new panel has begun looking into recent deaths of children in Montana’s child protective services system.
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.
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.
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.
Medical marijuana patient, denied custody of daughter, sues state agency after she contracts serious illness in foster care.
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 Military Hill.
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.
The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 5-year-old Chattaroy boy as a possible homicide.
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.”
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 a gas station clerk and Spokane police officers.
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.
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’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.
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 three children because of his drug addiction.