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    Beloved Montgomery County dad Shane M. Franzone died after a heroic battle with cancer on Saturday, Aug. 20. He was 30. Born in Norristown, Franzone settled down in Royersford and worked as a crew scheduler with Eastern Airlines, his obituary says. "This fight against cancer was the second time Shane was faced with a life-threatening illness," reads a GoFundMe launched for his family's remaining expenses. "Ten years ago he waged, and won, a serious blood disorder," Foster wrote. "And it was this relentless drive in him that allowed him to live the next decade to the fullest." Franzone leaves behind his wife Reahna Reid and son Riley, among many other loved ones. The GoFundMe had raised more than $13,500 as of Tuesday, Sept. 6. Franzone also graduated from Norristown Area High School and loved basketball, football, soccer, and most importantly lacrosse, the fundraiser reads. He went on to earn a degree from Montgomery County Community College while also working at a gym, where he eventually became a personal trainer. "His family is grateful for all the support and love he was shown...
    A Hudson Valley man has been arrested for allegedly sexually multiple juvenile victims at daycare and in foster homes. Orange County resident John Olson, age 59, of the town of Warwick, was charged while incarcerated at the Delaware County Jail. An exact date of his arrest was not provided. The incidents are alleged to have occurred at a daycare/foster care home in the town of Warwick in Orange County and the town of Andes in Delaware County, the New York State Police said. Also arrested was Joan Parks, age 80, of the town of Mamakating in Sullivan County, for failing to report child abuse as a mandated reporter, state police said. The department said the arrests were the result of a joint investigation by the state police working in conjunction with Orange County Child Protective Services. It stemmed from allegations made that Olson sexually abused multiple juveniles in both Orange and Delaware counties. On Saturday, May 21, Olson was arrested in the town of Andes, Delaware County, for charges of predatory sexual assault against a child, and endangering the welfare of...
    Unfortunately, the Turpin children's hellish existence didn't end there. According to a lawsuit filed by six of the siblings, Riverside County officials and a private foster care agency called ChildNet knowingly placed them into another abusive home. The lawsuit alleges that the Turpin children were placed in the care of a couple, identified only as Mr. and Mrs. O, and the Os' adult daughter, all three of whom reportedly inflicted physical, emotional, and psychological abuse on the children. The examples of abuse listed in the lawsuit include sexual misconduct, hitting children with belts, pulling their hair, and force-feeding them until they threw up and then forcing them to eat their own vomit. The kids were also allegedly often left to sit alone outside for hours, made to recount the abuse suffered under the Turpins, and were told that they would be returned to their parents if they didn't cooperate. The lawsuit claims that the Os had a documented history of abuse and that both the county and ChildNet were aware of it or should have been aware of it. Instead,...
    Six Turpin children, already subjected to a lifetime of torture, were sexually and physically abused by foster family members who forced them to eat their own vomit, sit alone for hours, told them they should kill themselves and made them recount details of their parents’ abuse, two new lawsuits allege. The lawsuits, which a lawyer for four of the siblings said were filed Tuesday, July 19, in Riverside County Superior Court, accuse Riverside County and at least one private foster care agency of ignoring red flags and failing to protect the Turpins from Marcelino Olguin, his wife, Rosa, and their daughter, Lennys. The three Olguin family members have pleaded not guilty to about a dozen felony counts alleging they abused nine foster children in their care. The county and ChildNet Youth and Family Services and Foster Family Network “had a duty to protect” the Turpins, the lawsuits state. Instead, the defendants “protected the foster parents by failing to report the abuse and neglect of (the Turpins) to child protective services or to law enforcement and by failing to intervene and...
    Torture and abuse followed the Turpin siblings into the Riverside County foster care system after they were rescued from their parents’ “house of horrors” in 2018, according to a pair of lawsuits filed this week. While in foster care, the 13 siblings were sexually abused over the course of three years, forced to gorge on food and eat their own vomit, court records show. Their foster parents suggested how the children could kill themselves and said no one would love them, according to complaints filed Tuesday in Riverside County Superior Court. The siblings were discovered living captive in a Perris tract home four years ago after one of the girls escaped from the house and asked a neighbor to call 911. They were then removed from the care of their parents — David and Louise Turpin, who were subsequently sentenced 25 years to life in prison after being convicted of torturing and imprisoning their offspring — and six of the children were placed in foster care. California ‘Depraved’ child abuse and torture were hidden in the Turpin household...
    FLINT, Michigan (WNEM) — A senior dog is recovering in a foster home after the pooch was thrown from a moving vehicle, according to Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson. A senior dog is recovering in a foster home after the pooch was thrown from a moving vehicle, according to Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson. | Credit: Genessee Co Sheriff READ MORE: Man Out On Bond Is Charged With Killing Girlfriend, Man In Harper Woods“Yesterday when Cupcake came in, the couple that brought her in said that somebody pulled in front of their house and just put her out,” a shelter worker told Swanson. “Nobody claimed her so they brought her here. I don’t see how people can do that. It’s sad.” Swanson partnered up with the Dachshund Haus and Corgi Rescue to help get Cupcake, an eight to 10-year-old dog to Livingston County. The rescue operates across Michigan and Ohio. “I’m so excited,” Danielle, Cupcake’s foster mom told Swanson. “My husband is in love with her rolls. They need the help, and we have so much love to...
    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) –  On Wednesday, we heard from Officer Sergio Diggs, who suffered a bullet wound to his head at the Parkway on July 4. And on Thursday, Deputy John Foster, who was also injured in the shoulder by a graze wound, is speaking out. This is the first time we’re hearing from Deputy Foster. He told commissioners at the Montgomery County government complex that he’s thankful to be alive. READ MORE: All Adoption Fees $5 At Philadelphia PSPCA This SaturdayMontgomery County commissioners acknowledged Deputy Foster’s bravery and strength during their meeting this morning. He’s been a deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for 17 years and is currently on the bomb squad. Foster and Diggs were struck by gunfire while working a security detail Monday night during Philly’s Fourth of July fireworks festivities on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Foster was grazed in the shoulder, while Diggs got hit on the forehead. READ MORE: Philadelphia Zoo Giving Visitors Chance To Feed GiraffesFoster says his arm is sore, but he is OK. “It was a chaotic scene after...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Gunshots rang out on the Ben Franklin Parkway during Fourth of July fireworks. Two officers were hit. Families were sent scrambling for cover. READ MORE: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Says He'll Be Happy When He's Not Mayor Following Fourth Of July ShootingAuthorities are looking into whether the two police officers were grazed by stray bullets. They were released from the hospital and are recovering. The FOP is offering a $20,000 reward in the case. Screams. Panic. Shouting. There were gunshots, the sounds of which investigators say were concealed by a majestic fireworks display. A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy and a Philadelphia highway patrol officer are recovering at home after being struck by gunfire while working a security detail during Monday’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration on the Parkway. The 36-year-old Philadelphia officer was identified as Sergio Diggs, a 13-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department. Diggs is assigned to the Highway Patrol Unit and was detailed to the Parkway for the Welcome America Concert and Fireworks Crowd Control. The Montgomery County Sherriff’s Deputy was identified as 44-year-old...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy and a Philadelphia highway patrol officer are recovering after suffering graze wounds when shots rang out at the Philadelphia Fourth of July fireworks show on the Ben Franklin Parkway on Monday night. The 36-year-old Philadelphia officer was identified as Sergio Diggs, a 13-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department. Officer Diggs is assigned to the Highway Patrol Unit and was detailed to the Parkway for the Welcome America Concert and Fireworks Crowd Control. The Montgomery County Sherriff’s Deputy was identified as 44-year-old John Foster. READ MORE: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Fed Up With City's Gun Violence Problem, Says He'll Be Happy When He's Not MayorFoster is a 17-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and has been n the bomb squad for three years. Both officers were standing on the sidewalk, at the base of the Art Museum steps, south side, near the bike share rack when the incident occurred. The sheriff’s office says many of their deputies provide security and specialized aid to neighboring areas during large events. Credit: Montgomery...
    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Authorities in Montgomery County have identified the 44-year-old deputy that was injured after shots were fired during Fourth of July fireworks on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says Deputy John Foster suffered a grazed wound to his shoulder. He was treated at the hospital and released. READ MORE: Philadelphia Fourth Of July Shooting: 2 Police Officers Injured After Shots Fired During Fireworks Show On Ben Franklin ParkwayFoster is a 17-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and has been n the bomb squad for three years. The sheriff’s office says many of their deputies provide security and specialized aid to neighboring areas during large events. READ MORE: WATCH: Philadelphia Police Hold Press Conference After 2 Officers Injured In 4th Of July Shooting On Parkway“While we are thankful that Deputy Foster and the injured Philadelphia officer are OK, we are troubled by the violence that turned what should have been a celebration into a near tragedy,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. A 36-year-old Philadelphia highway patrol officer was also injured...
    FOSTER CITY — California may be known for its beautiful, clean beaches, but the Bay Area is home to three of the dirtiest and most polluted in the state — all of them along San Francisco Bay in San Mateo County. Santa Barbara-based nonprofit Heal the Bay this week released its 32nd beach report card which noted both the state’s cleanest, most exceptional beaches in terms of environmental quality and also its dirtiest and most polluted. Three beaches in San Mateo County — two of them in Foster City — were ranked second, third, and eighth most polluted in the state in large part because they are enclosed and don’t connect to the San Francisco Bay. The Foster City area has been plagued with poor water quality in recent years, the report said, and the physical characteristics of its beaches play a major role. The report says that Marlin Park, along with Erckenbrack Park and Lakeshore Park experience very little water circulation, so pollution from the surrounding landscape linger. Erckenbrack Park is among the worst-performing beaches and was listed for a third...
    A man in Newberry County, South Carolina, was accused of using a stolen bulldozer in an act of revenge. On June 9, officials with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office responded to Jollystreet Road, where deputies spotted a bulldozer sitting on top of a shed, WIS 10 News reported Monday. In a social media post, the law enforcement agency said its tracks were still moving, but a deputy got on the bulldozer, took it out of gear, and switched the engine off. It was determined the bulldozer had been stolen from a construction site and driven to the residence, the post continued: The bulldozer was aimed in the direction of the house, which caused extensive damage to the side porch, a carport, and then a block shed at the rear of the house. Sheriff Foster said, “Investigators collected forensic evidence that developed the suspect for this isolated crime.” Officials took 41-year-old Robert Fred Robarge into custody on Friday without incident. The suspect was charged with attempted murder, malicious injury to property, and grand larceny. Following the incident, a magistrate denied bond...
    By CHRISTOPHER WEBER and HAVEN DALEY | The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — The biological mother of two small California boys who died while in the state foster care system has filed a federal lawsuit alleging her sons were unlawfully taken from her and placed with foster parents who are now charged with killing them. Four-year-old Classic Pettus and 3-year-old Cinsere Pettus were reported missing from their foster family’s backyard in the desert town of California City on Dec. 21, 2020. The boys, who were Black, have not been found and Kern County prosecutors said in March that an investigation determined they are deceased. The foster parents, Trezell West and Jacqueline West, have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges including two counts of second-degree murder. Their criminal trial is scheduled to begin next month. The civil rights and wrongful-death lawsuit filed June 17 by the boys’ birth mother, Ryan Dean, and grandmother, Dana Moorer, names the Wests as defendants along with Kern County Human Services and the California Department of Social Services. It alleges the foster home was a “state-created...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The biological mother of two small California boys who died while in the state foster care system has filed a federal lawsuit alleging her sons were unlawfully taken from her and placed with foster parents who are now charged with killing them.Four-year-old Classic Pettus and 3-year-old Cinsere Pettus were reported missing from their foster family's backyard in the desert town of California City on Dec. 21, 2020. The boys, who were Black, have not been found and Kern County prosecutors said in March that an investigation determined they are deceased.The foster parents, Trezell West and Jacqueline West, have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges including two counts of second-degree murder. Their criminal trial is scheduled to begin next month.The civil rights and wrongful-death lawsuit filed June 17 by the boys' birth mother, Ryan Dean, and grandmother, Dana Moorer, names the Wests as defendants along with Kern County Human Services and the California Department of Social Services.RELATED: Antioch father, son charged with sexual abuse of multiple foster children for yearsIt alleges the foster home was a "state-created danger"...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The biological mother of two small California boys who died while in the state foster care system has filed a federal lawsuit alleging her sons were unlawfully taken from her and placed with foster parents who are now charged with killing them.Four-year-old Classic Pettus and 3-year-old Cinsere Pettus were reported missing from their foster family's backyard in California City on Dec. 21, 2020. The boys have not been found and Kern County prosecutors said in March that an investigation determined they are deceased.The foster parents, Trezell West and Jacqueline West, have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges including two counts of second-degree murder. Their criminal trial is scheduled to begin next month.The civil rights and wrongful-death lawsuit filed June 17 by the boys' birth mother, Ryan Dean, and grandmother, Dana Moorer, names the Wests as defendants along with Kern County Human Services and the California Department of Social Services.It alleges the foster home was a "state-created danger" that led to the eventual disappearance and deaths of the two boys. The lawsuit seeks $40 million in monetary damages."I...
    Jonathan Wright’s chest heaved and he began to sob uncontrollably Thursday, June 9, while clutching a tiny white T-shirt emblazoned with the name of the MacLaren Children’s Center, a notorious and now closed foster care facility in El Monte at the center of a new lawsuit alleging decades of horrific child abuse by staff members. Wright, 39, stood in the shadow of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse flanked by well-known civil rights attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel Adam P. Slater, and began to describe the abuse he suffered at MacLaren. Quickly he was overcome by emotion and found it impossible to continue. “I was at MacLaren three times, when I was 8, when I was 9, when I was 11,” he told reporters during a news conference to announce the lawsuit. “I fought as hard as I could. Till this day I can’t be near doctors because I was molested by the doctor. … But I fought. I swear, I fought.” Jonathan Wright 39, flanked by his attorneys sobs as he describes the horrific sex abuse he endured as a child...
    (CBS DETROIT) — The Detroit Police Department announced on Tuesday it is starting phase one of “Operation Justice for Zion” in an effort to recover the remains of 17-year-old Zion Foster. Police say the first phase includes the “removal of 20 feet of material above the focus area.” Heavy equipment needed to complete this phase will be provided by Michigan CAT. READ MORE: Michigan Residents Run 22 Miles With Weighted Backpack In Honor Of Number Of Vets Who Commit Suicide EverydayOperation Justice for Zion — a partnership with federal, state and local organizations — was announced last month during a press conference. At that time, police said their search included a landfill in Lenox Township. “Operators will be city employees from our General Services Division and the Department of Public Works. A road will be installed to the search area and crews will build a search deck that will be utilized to inspect materials found in the focus area,” DPD said in a news release. Missing poster of Zion Foster back in January. READ MORE: William Lucas, Wayne...
    (CBS DETROIT) — The Detroit Police Department announced on Tuesday it is starting phase one of “Operation Justice for Zion” in an effort to recover the remains of 17-year-old Zion Foster. Police say the first phase includes the “removal of 20 feet of material above the focus area.” Heavy equipment needed to complete this phase will be provided by Michigan CAT. READ MORE: Michigan Residents Run 22 Miles With Weighted Backpack In Honor Of Number Of Vets Who Commit Suicide EverydayOperation Justice for Zion — a partnership with federal, state and local organizations — was announced last month during a press conference. At that time, police said their search included a landfill in Lenox Township. “Operators will be city employees from our General Services Division and the Department of Public Works. A road will be installed to the search area and crews will build a search deck that will be utilized to inspect materials found in the focus area,” DPD said in a news release. Missing poster of Zion Foster back in January. READ MORE: William Lucas, Wayne...
    When she was a teenager, the woman spent three weeks at MacLaren Children’s Center in El Monte. On many of those nights, she said, an employee at the long-troubled facility for foster children crawled into bed beside her. The woman, who is 37 now, recalls how she reported the sexual assaults to another staff member, who threatened to put her on “lockdown” if she spoke about the abuse to anyone else. Terrified, she reached out to her older sister, who had also spent time at MacLaren. “I remember crying to her and telling her, ‘I’m at this place in El Monte and the staff is feeling on me and touching on me and stuff,’” the woman said in an interview. “And her response was, ‘Oh my gosh, I know who you talking about! He did it to me too!’” Two decades after Los Angeles County officials shuttered MacLaren, the sisters are among a group of about 200 women and men now coming forward with accounts of the unchecked sexual abuse they say they suffered at the hands of MacLaren...
    SANTA ROSA (CBS SF/BCN) – Sonoma County officials announced this week they are ramping up efforts to recruit foster parents and adoptive families to address a shortage of foster homes in the county. County officials announced an expansion of a partnership with the national group RaiseAChild to recruit families willing to take in foster children, according to a news release issued Friday. READ MORE: UPDATE: FBI Team, San Jose Police Search For Kidnapped Infant Brandon Alexis CuellarThe county has entered into a $25,000 contract with RaiseAChild for a year-long campaign of community events and multimedia promotions to raise awareness of the needs of local children in foster care. Fifty to 75 local children are in temporary housing in the county, most at Valley of the Moon Children’s Center — the county’s emergency shelter for youth — according to Meg Easter-Dawson, program development manager for the county’s Department of Human Services’ Family, Youth and Children’s Division. READ MORE: COVID: Study Finds Vaccine Prevented Tens Of Thousands Of Deaths, Hospitalizations“We are experiencing a shortage of foster homes for the children and teens...
    A woman from Baltimore County has been arrested for hitting and killing an older male with her car over the weekend, authorities said.  Katie Foster, 25, is being held without bail and charged with the first-degree murder of 52-year-old Joseph Dawson, Baltimore County Police said.  Officials believe the two got into an argument on Maiden Choice near Leeds Avenue that resulted in Foster hitting Dawson with her vehicle and then driving away, police said.  This happened around 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. Dawson later died at a local hospital from his injuries, police said. 
    A woman from Baltimore County has been arrested for hitting and killing an older male with her car over the weekend, authorities said.  Katie Foster, 25, is being held without bail and charged with the first-degree murder of 52-year-old Joseph Dawson, Baltimore County Police said.  Officials believe the two got into an argument on Maiden Choice near Leeds Avenue that resulted in Foster hitting Dawson with her vehicle and then driving away, police said.  This happened around 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. Dawson later died at a local hospital from his injuries, police said. 
    A woman from Baltimore County has been arrested for hitting and killing an older male with her car over the weekend, authorities said.  Katie Foster, 25, is being held without bail and charged with the first-degree murder of 52-year-old Joseph Dawson, Baltimore County Police said.  Officials believe the two got into an argument on Maiden Choice near Leeds Avenue that resulted in Foster hitting Dawson with her vehicle and then driving away, police said.  This happened around 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. Dawson later died at a local hospital from his injuries, police said. 
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A woman hit a 52-year-old man with a car, killing him, after an argument Sunday in Baltimore, Baltimore County Police said. Officers responded at 3 p.m. for a collision, where they found the victim, identified as Joseph Dawson. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Detectives believe Dawson was involved in an argument with 25-year-old Katie Foster, and that during that argument, she hit him with her car and fled the scene. Foster was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. She is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center without bond.
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -- Three members of a Riverside County foster family faced a judge Friday morning for arraignment, accused of the abuse of several children under their care, including some believed to be several of the Turpin children.Marcelino and Rosa Olguin, as well as their daughter Lennys Olguin, are all facing a number of charges, including false imprisonment and child cruelty.According to an arrest declaration, the seven children believed to be Turpin siblings were placed under their care in April 2018, only a few months after the news broke about the Perris "house of horrors." The biological parents, David and Louise Turpin, later pleaded guilty to a number of child abuse charges after starving their children and chaining them up to their beds.As for the charges against the Olguins, the two other children listed as victims - not related to the Turpins - were placed under their care several years prior, back in 2016.RELATED | Riverside County assembles new team after investigation reveals system pitfalls in Turpin children caseEMBED More News Videos The Riverside County children rescued after years...
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -- The results of an investigation into Riverside County's child and dependent adult care system, which were supposed to be released later this week, won't be made available until the end of May 2022.While the investigation was originally launched in order to look into the care, placement and services provided to the 13 Turpin siblings after they were rescued from years of abuse at the hands of their parents, independent investigators with the Los Angeles-based Larson LLP are also taking a broader look at Riverside County's child welfare and dependent adult system.During a report to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning, Hilary Potashner, attorney at the law firm Larson LLP, said their timeline is being delayed because various privacy laws."Because of numerous confidentiality protections, and protective and sealing orders applicable to juvenile records, conservatorship court files, and the Turpin sibling's files in particular, Larson LLP has been required to make, and will continue to make, several court appears before the riverside county superior court in order to seek the release of these critical and pertinent...
    (CBS DETROIT) – As the search for Zion Foster continues, her mother Ciera Milton says she’s gripping with the reality that her daughter won’t be found alive. The grieving mother told CW50, Foster’s accused by authorities of lying to peace officers in the investigation allegedly made a shocking confession that he dumped the 17-year-old after she went unresponsive, on the same night she was last seen. READ MORE: Man Charged In String Of Fires In Detroit, Highland Park“Like trash and put my baby in a dumpster and then afterward proceeded to go get his girlfriend from work and carried on with life as if nothing happened,” Milton said. Foster’s mother says she’s living with a pain that’s unbearable because for weeks she says she’s known about what allegedly happened the night of January 4th, but she kept the grisly details to herself to protect the investigation. “I can’t even fathom my baby in a casket and I can’t fathom in the trash,” Milton said. But Wednesday, after leaving a Macomb County courtroom Jaylin Brazier’s hearing, she could no longer hold it in. The...
    By Andrew James | WLOS BUNCOMBE COUNTY, North Carolina — The need for foster families in Western North Carolina is great. More than 300 children are in foster care in Buncombe County alone, and the county does not have enough licensed foster parents to keep up with the demand. “In Buncombe County, as with every county in the western part of the state, there’s a huge need for more foster parents,” said Alex Williams of Fostering Hopes. According to Williams, Buncombe County has between 320 and 340 children in foster care. More than a third are sent to other counties because of the lack of foster families in Buncombe County. “This professional foster parenting home is a model which we’re piloting,” Williams said. Fostering Hopes has teamed up with another nonprofit, H3 Collective, to try to find a solution in the form of professional foster parenting homes. “We wanted to build a home that was large enough to house 5 or 6 kids and then foster parents, and doing it safely and comfortably,” said Adam Ponder of H3 Collective. The...
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Surveillance video shows a Black 17-year-old struggling with staff at a Wichita juvenile center last fall before he died after he was restrained facedown for more than 30 minutes. Sedgwick County released 18 video clips late Friday afternoon of what happened before Cedric Lofton was rushed to a hospital on Sept. 24. He died two days later. The release of the clips followed Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett’s announcement Tuesday that the state’s “stand-your-ground” law prevented him from pressing charges because staff members were protecting themselves. He also said he struggled with whether an involuntary manslaughter charge was justified, but concluded it was not. Sedgwick County’s webpage crashed after the video was posted, making it temporarily inaccessible. But The Wichita Eagle posted screenshots of the encounter and several Wichita area television stations posted clips of some of the approximately two hours of footage, which didn’t include audio. One video shows several officers carrying Lofton into the Sedgwick County Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center while restrained in something called the WRAP, a device...
    After a 4-year-old boy was severely injured while in the care of his foster mother, Los Angeles County officials will strengthen efforts to provide interpreters in Indigenous languages to families in the foster care system. On Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion directing the Department of Children and Family Services to come up with a plan to improve its language services for Indigenous families and to strengthen its Asian Pacific and Native American programs. The 4-year-old, Andres F., was hospitalized Oct. 28 with life-threatening injuries. His foster mother, Gabriela Casarez, 26, of Norwalk, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of child abuse and one count of assault leading to coma or paralysis. The boy’s birth mother is a Guatemalan immigrant who primarily speaks Akateko, a Mayan language. Her family has claimed that she wasn’t provided an interpreter and that social workers failed to effectively communicate with her before taking Andres and his 2-year-old brother, Emiliano, away from her. L.A. County is home to more than 30 Indigenous groups from Mexico and Central...
    RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. (KABC) -- The mother of a 17-year-old girl who was allegedly murdered while in a foster care home is furious that the woman accused of killing her is now out of jail after having her bail significantly reduced."How is it that society all of a sudden cares more for [the person] who killed my daughter," asked Angel Ramirez, speaking about the defendant, 80-year-old Michelle Morris of La Cresta. "I don't understand. If I committed murder ... or someone else, I guarantee they wouldn't have been able to get out this easily."Ramirez's daughter, Diane "Princess" Ramirez, entered the foster care system in April 2018 and was sent to the Morris Small Family Home in the unincorporated community of La Cresta near Murrieta. Her mother said she was soon contacted by an investigator who raised concerns about allegations of some of the dependents being cared for at the home being subjects of "bruising."READ MORE | Riverside County foster parents charged in death of disabled teen girl appear in courtEMBED More News Videos A Riverside County couple charged in the...
    A Kansas teenager's death has been ruled a homicide months after he was left face down and handcuffed following his arrest for becoming 'aggressive' with cops who were called to his foster home to respond to his agitated behavior.    Cedric Lofton, 17, of Wichita, Kansas, died on September 26 at a Sedgwick County juvenile jail where he was taken after 'running away from his foster home, returning, and then exhibiting 'erratic and aggressive behavior' toward his foster family, an autopsy report said according to the Washington Post. He ran away September 21 due to a 'mental health crisis,' and returned on September 24. Cedric Lofton, 17, of Wichita, Kansas, died on September 26 after he was taken to a Sedgwick County juvenile center. He had exhibited 'erratic and aggressive behavior' toward his foster family after returning home from running away The Sedgwick County Medical Examiner's Office ruled his death a homicide after the teen was laid in a prone position  in a juvenile detention center and stopped breathing  The teen appeared paranoid, the Kansas Bureau of Investigations said. Officers tried...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Broward County is distributing thousands of COVID-19 tests ahead of New Year’s Eve. On Thursday, nine libraries throughout the county set up service lanes to help the process flow a little quicker. READ MORE: Tax Collections In Florida Continue Topping ExpectationsBetween the nine different locations, nearly 75,000 take-home tests were distributed. “I’m just trying to do something to keep myself safe, keep my family safe and make sure we do our part,” says Victor Foster of Hollywood. The wait times are nothing like those at testing sites, but they did cause a bit of a traffic jam this morning on Hollywood Boulevard. “I came out, I was actually on my way to yoga but I thought it was more important to get tests and make sure I don’t spread it to anyone else,” says Jessica Sanchez of Hollywood. The tests are free. All you need to do is show proof that you live in Broward County. Each person was limited to taking only two tests. We asked people how they’re feeling nearly two years into...
    St. Paul police may have gotten a two-for-one deal when arresting an 18-year-old suspected of carjacking a woman in the Crocus Hill neighborhood earlier this week. Turns out he also is suspected of the attempted robbery of an elderly woman. Police say they were tipped off by his mother. Isaiah Jamal Foster, 18, of Richfield was charged Thursday with first-degree attempted aggravated robbery and third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm. The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office said charges for the carjacking remain under review. Isaiah Jamal Foster. (Courtesy of Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office)  Foster was arrested Tuesday along with a 17-year-old and a 14-year-old on suspicion of the armed carjacking of a St. Paul woman in her garage in the Crocus Hill neighborhood. He was in jail when police received a call from his mother identifying him as the man in the video stills taken Dec. 23 of the Walgreens assault. According to the criminal complaint, “She does not trust police officers, but wanted to do the right thing. She prayed about it, and turned her son in. She loves her...
    PORT HUENEME (KABC) -- The holidays are right around the corner, and many families are struggling like never before. Spark of Love, local firefighters and other community partners are busy gathering toys and delivering them to families in need. Here's a family from Oxnard that had Christmas come a bit early."Here in Ventura County, we have over 700 children and teens that are living in out-of-home care," said Jaci Johnson of Ventura County Children and Family Services. "Our children can be re-unified with their birth family, but along the way we have a lot of gaps to fill. And with the collaboration with the Ventura County Fire Department and Spark of Love, especially at this time of year, it really allows us to be very generous with our children and teens.""Working with Spark of Love and collecting the toys, and seeing the families actually get it, it feels amazing," said Ventura County Fire Department's Capt. Brian McGrath."It's not what you do for someone but how you make them feel that they remember," said Johnson. "And that's what makes our community...
    A 13-year-old girl from Westchester County has spread some holiday cheer this year, raising enough money to give every teenager in the county's foster care system a gift card. Sky Sams, of Port Chester, raised enough money to purchase 118 $25 Visa Gift Cards, enough for all 116 teens in Westchester County Foster Care, after posting a video to social media and asking friends, family and peers for help. Sky is also a STEER student athlete, according to the announcement from the county. “Sky’s compassion is an example to us all," said Leonard Townes, Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Social Services. "Her willingness to sacrifice her time and consider others above herself is a true reflection of the spirit of the holidays and the meaning of Christmas. The heart she displayed is one we all need to imitate.” County officials said to learn more about making donations to children in Westchester County’s Foster Care System, residents can contact Barbara Sabater at 914­-995­-1937 or email her at [email protected]
    Ex-New Orleans Saints player Glenn Foster Jr. died with reported signs of 'neck compressions and strangulation' while in Alabama police custody earlier this month and now his family is looking for answers. Dr. Michael Baden, a well-known pathologist working with Foster family lawyers, indicated that the 31-year-old African-American man did not die of 'natural causes,' according to Friday's statement from attorney Benjamin Crump. 'As we continue to investigate the case, we are learning that Mr. Foster's death in Pickens County appears to be part of a disturbing trend of Black men dying while in the custody of the Pickens County Sheriff's Office,' read the statement, which appeared to reference the death of another African-American man, 40-year-old Michael Broady Jr., in August. The Pickens County (Alabama) Sheriff's Department has not responded to DailyMail.com's request for comment. The autopsy, itself, has not been publicized. Ex-New Orleans Saints player Glenn Foster Jr. (pictured) died with reported signs of 'neck compressions and strangulation' while in Alabama police custody earlier this month and now his family is looking for answers Attorney Benjamin Crump (center, pictured...
    An independent autopsy sought by the family of Glenn Foster Jr, the Black former NFL lineman who died under mysterious circumstances in police custody in Alabama earlier this month, allegedly shows evidence of “neck compressions and strangulation,” according to a statement by the family’s attorneys. A copy of the autopsy could not immediately be obtained by The Daily Beast. But in a statement by Benjamin Crump and other attorneys representing the family, the legal team said preliminary findings by Dr. Michael Baden indicated Foster Jr., 31, did not die of “natural causes.” “As we continue to investigate the case, we are learning that Mr. Foster’s death in Pickens County appears to be part of a disturbing trend of Black men dying while in the custody of the Pickens County Sheriff's Office,” the statement read, nodding at the death of Michael Broady Jr., 40, in August. The details of Broady’s death were first reported by The Daily Beast. The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Baden, a controversial former medical examiner in New York...
    When DeQuita Broady read about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of former NFL lineman Glenn Foster Jr. in the custody of the Pickens County, Alabama, Sheriff’s Office this week, the first thing she thought about was her brother. “It just clicked and made me think about him,” she told The Daily Beast. “That is the same thing that happened.” According to Broady, 31, her brother, Michael Broady Jr., died on Aug. 22, 2021, after an interaction with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. Broady and her attorney, Johnathan Austin, claim Michael, 40, was found unresponsive at the Sheriff’s Office after having been arrested for an unknown offense. They said they filed a Notice of Claim—a copy of which was obtained by The Daily Beast—in September to that effect. The Notice of Claim alleges that Michael was tased in the incident. Broady said Sheriff Todd Hall later told her that her brother was found unresponsive upon arrival at the county jail and pronounced dead after failed efforts to revive him. The story is full of uncertainty, Broady said, because the Sheriff’s...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- In Los Angeles County, there are almost 19,000 children in foster care. More than 600 need a permanent home. This is the story of the people who dedicate their lives to these kids and how a worldwide pandemic hasn't stopped them.Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, social workers answer L.A. County's Child Protection Hotline."We hear the most tragic of situations," revealed Crystal Boulden, a supervising children social worker for L.A. County's Department of Children and Family Services' Child Protection Hotline.For many kids, a call to the hotline is often the start of a long road to finding a new home. The calls are so extensive, Boulden can only take about eight calls per day. On average, the child protection hotline receives up to 800 calls per day, but during the height of the pandemic, those calls dropped significantly.In 2020, they fell by 20%.Watch "Finding Family: The Long Road Home" live on ABC7 Saturday 10:30 p.m."Teachers are a large part of our reporting parties," said Boulden. "When schools weren't in, we weren't getting as many...
    For the past 31 years Clark Howard has had the mission of making sure that every foster child in Georgia at least one Christmas gift. Clark Howard and Georgia Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS) have partnered for all 31 years to make sure Georgia’s foster children receive gifts. According to Santrissa Johnson, Statewide Projects Director with DFACS, the local area (Chattooga County) DFACS staff of designee goes to the warehouse to retrieve the toys for the foster children and youth. This year, Clark’s Christmas Kids is a virtual event, which means it is easier to participate in. As of Thursday, there were still several foster kids in Chattooga County in need of gifts.   You can find out more and how to donate by visiting www.clarkschristmaskids.com.  From the website select shop now, then Chattooga County and search to see the ages and wishes for the local foster kids. The website has the wish lists of Chattooga County foster kids from ages less that one year to 19 years of...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- There are nearly 19,000 children in foster care in Los Angeles County and hundreds are looking for a family to adopt them.Hurdles brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have delayed the process, but an organization is looking to change that with a simple photo.The Heart Gallery is a national traveling photographic exhibit and its L.A. chapter is run by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Professional photographers volunteer their time to take pictures of kids who are looking for a permanent home.That means courts are no longer looking to reunite them with their families. Instead, those children are up for adoption."We have about 55 kids," said Stephanie Clancy, a former Heart Gallery coordinator who recently conducted her final photoshoot for the organization after 22 years. "Fifty-five is a lot. Many are sibling sets. We have sets up to four in a group."One of the children the Heart Gallery is currently featuring is 10-year-old Jaxon. He's been in the foster care system since he was five.His social worker told Eyewitness News at one...
    Former defensive lineman Glenn Foster Jr. Parents of a former defensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints are demanding answers after their son died in custody Monday following a high-speed chase and arrest in Northport, Alabama.  Glenn Foster Jr., 31, was arrested Saturday after officers spotted him driving up to 90 mph in a 45 mph-zone in Reform, a small town in Pickens County, Alabama.   According to Chief Richard Black, who leads the six-member Reform Police Department, a high-speed chase ensued and only ended after officers placed a “spike strip” across the road to flatten all four of Foster’s tires.  “He drove on the wrong side, he ran a couple of cars off the road, but he ended up slowing down in kind of a rolling roadblock,” Black told NOLA.com. Black says Foster crashed his car into a business and engaged in a “small, minor tussle” with officers, but no one was injured. Police handcuffed Foster and drove him to the Pickens County Jail.  Foster, a father of four, was booked Saturday on three counts of reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, and attempting to...
    ALAMEDA, Calif. (KGO) -- Alameda County is holding a memorial Wednesday in honor of Supervisor Wilma Chan.Chan was hit and killed by a car while walking her dog last month.The county will recognize the initiatives and programs championed by Chan throughout her career.Her family, colleagues, staff, and friends will speak, and the Oakland Youth Chorus will give a special performance.Prior to the untimely death of Alameda Supervisor Wilma Chan, city transportation officials had identified the intersection of Shoreline Drive at Grand Street as a "high injury intersection."That's based on the number and severity of accidents between 2009 and 2018.RELATED: Intersection where Supervisor Chan was killed identified as a high-injury intersection by AlamedaFrom our SKY7 chopper, the following day, The ABC7 News I-Team observed vehicles, including a US Postal Service Truck, blow through the stop sign.The intersection was already part of the city's Vision Zero Action Plan.In 2015, Alameda added parking-protected bike lanes and reduced the number of travel lanes for cars on Shoreline Drive.After Chan's death, staff from public works, transportation planning, the city manager's office and the police department...
    REFORM, Ala. — Alabama authorities are investigating after former NFL player Glenn Foster Jr. died in custody following a high-speed chase that resulted in his arrest and then a scuffle involving officers in the county jail where he was being held. The death of the 31-year-old former New Orleans Saints player was reported at a medical facility Monday in Northport, Alabama, according to a statement from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. While being handcuffed, Foster fought against a Pickens County deputy and a correctional officer, injuring the deputy’s nose and hand, according to court records obtained by The Associated Press. Following his arrest, Foster had an initial court appearance before Pickens County District Judge Samuel Junkin, where he was “non-compliant and refused to respond to answer any questions” aside from demanding an attorney, the judge wrote in an order Monday. Based on police observations and how Foster behaved, the judge said Foster was “not mentally stable and a danger to himself and others” and ordered him held without bond for a mental evaluation at Taylor Hardin...
    (CNN)Alabama state authorities are investigating the death of former New Orleans Saints player Glenn Foster Jr. two days after he was taken into police custody. The 31-year-old died Monday at a medical facility north of Tuscaloosa in western Alabama, according to a statement from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. He was arrested on Saturday after officers spotted him driving up to 90 mph in a 45-mph zone, Chief Richard Black of the Reform Police Department told NOLA.com. Reform is a town in Pickens County.A high-speed chase between Foster and police ensued, with a spike strip being used to slow Foster's car before officers arrested him, Black told NOLA.com.Jail records from Pickens County show that Foster was booked Saturday on three counts of reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and attempt to elude. Read MoreHe was released at 3:14 p.m. on Sunday and re-booked two minutes later, jail records show, on three counts of simple assault and one count of third-degree robbery. The police chief told NOLA.com he contacted Foster's family because of his concern about the former player's erratic behavior and made...
    Glenn Foster Jr., a former defensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints between 2013 and 2015, died this week after being arrested in Alabama, according to multiple local media outlets. On Tuesday, 4WWL reported the Pickens County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Foster died in custody a day earlier and that an autopsy was pending. The Pickens County Coroner’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Jail records show Foster was booked into jail on Saturday morning after being arrested in Reform, Alabama, on three charges of reckless endangerment, as well as individual charges of resisting arrest and attempting to elude. Later, another jail record entry shows Foster’s charges were changed to three counts of simple assault and one count of third degree robbery. The arresting agency was listed as the Picken’s County Sheriff’s Office. The Reform Police Department and the Picken’s County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to 4WWL, The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office referred questions to the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation, an arm of the Alabama Highway Patrol....
    Judges in Kent County, Michigan, brought multiple families together on Thursday during the county’s 25th annual Adoption Day. Inside six different courtrooms, 27 children had the chance to change their last names while finalizing paperwork with their loved ones, WOOD reported. In 2019, there were over 2,100 adoptions in the state, but less than ten percent involved children aged 13 to 17. However, the Kent County Circuit Court announced it finalized paperwork for a record nine teens on the important day this year. The 17th Circuit Court “Family Division Bunch” will be celebrating its 25th annual Adoption Day via Zoom this Thursday,… Posted by Kent County, Michigan on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 One individual who was adopted this week was 14-year-old Pierce Overway. “They have taken me into their house and have loved me ever since I’ve been here,” he said of his family when the judge asked why he wished to be adopted. The court said he spent the past seven years in foster care and lived with ten different families during that time. Although many of the...
    The sudden resignation of Bobby Cagle as head of the Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services this week caps a tumultuous period for the nation’s largest child protection agency and will force county leaders to grapple with major policy questions around how social workers respond to reports of abuse and neglect and choose to intervene in families. DCFS faces mounting scrutiny following a series of highly publicized deaths and injuries to children on its watch, including a 4-year-old boy in foster care who was hospitalized in a coma last month. The agency is still contending with the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, when teachers and other mandatory reporters had far less contact with children and court closures led to a skyrocketing backlog in cases. And Cagle’s exit, which takes effect Dec. 31, comes as county leaders and an array of civic groups have intensified calls for DCFS to address racial and ethnic disparities, including an overrepresentation of Black children in foster care. Although 7.5% of children in L.A. County are Black, they account for more than 27%...
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