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Stories tagged: Child Protective Services


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Prosecutors offer explanation for not charging Spokane Valley man accused in ‘child torture’ case

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 …


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019, 10:13 p.m.

Legal clock running out to charge Spokane Valley man whose children were found with injuries

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 10:25 p.m.

Loon Lake man, 77, awaits sentencing for raping girl in three Washington counties

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 …


Infant found at Seattle encampment in protective custody

A 5-month-old infant found at a Seattle homeless encampment is in protective custody as police investigate child neglect.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 11, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

New Montana panel looks into child deaths

A new panel has begun looking into recent deaths of children in Montana’s child protective services system.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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, …


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.