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Attorney: CPS dropped the ball in kid cocaine case

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06:07 PM CDT on Friday, October 26, 2007

By Jason Whitely / 11 News

Inside apartment 46, at a northwest Houston complex, police say they
discovered nothing short of squalor.
See Jason Whitely's 11 News report.

“There was nowhere you could look where there was not roaches,” said HPD
Investigator Catheryn Garner-Sanders.

Not only roaches.

But investigators say drugs, too.

Now, Tammy Lynn Melton and Emanuel Jones face felony charges after four
of their eight children tested positive for cocaine.

“We think that the children just somehow must have gotten a hold of the
parents' cocaine. Because the children who tested positive were two
11-month-old twins. A one-and-a-half-year-old and a two-and-a-half-year
old,” said Estella Olguin with Children’s Protective Services.

A nurse at Texas Children’s made the discovery when she was treating one
of the 11-month-old twin boys for a broken arm.

She was alarmed the baby wasn’t crying in pain.


A test revealed the 11-month-old had cocaine in his system.

Records show that CPS has investigated the parents at least five
previous times.

In 2002, doctors suggested CPS watch the mother because she appeared so
young and inexperienced.

Months later, she was caught giving inappropriate food to the baby.

In 2005, CPS looked into her again for using cocaine to induce labor.

Her children were then given to their grandmother.

Three weeks ago, Houston police told CPS about the children living in
the roach-infested apartment -- grandmother and all.

“Every time we would go out to the apartment, they were not there,” said
Olguin.

CPS couldn’t find them until the child ended up at the hospital.

Finally, custody was revoked.

Houston attorney Randy Burton, who founded Justice for Children,
believes CPS should have intervened before Houston police finally had
to. “CPS did clearly drop the ball,” he said. “If they hadn’t intervened
when they did, I’m confident within months, we would have seen a dead
child.”

All eight of the couple’s children are now in foster homes.

The mother, Tammy Lynn Melton, is in the process of posting bond and
leaving jail.

The children’s father is still locked up here though.

Both deny giving their children cocaine or physically abusing them.

If convicted, they could face two to ten years in prison.





CURRENTLY CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES VIOLATES MORE CIVIL RIGHTS ON A
DAILY BASIS THEN ALL OTHER AGENCIES COMBINED INCLUDING THE NSA / CIA
WIRETAPPING PROGRAM....

CPS Does not protect children...
It is sickening how many children are subject to abuse, neglect and even
killed at the hands of Child Protective Services.

every parent should read this .pdf from
connecticut dcf watch...

http://www.connecticutdcfwatch.com/8x11.pdf

http://www.connecticutdcfwatch.com

Number of Cases per 100,000 children in the US
These numbers come from The National Center on
Child Abuse and Neglect in Washington. (NCCAN)
Recent numbers have increased significantly for CPS

*Perpetrators of Maltreatment*

Physical Abuse CPS 160, Parents 59
Sexual Abuse CPS 112, Parents 13
Neglect CPS 410, Parents 241
Medical Neglect CPS 14 Parents 12
Fatalities CPS 6.4, Parents 1.5

Imagine that, 6.4 children die at the hands of the very agencies that
are supposed to protect them and only 1.5 at the hands of parents per
100,000 children. CPS perpetrates more abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse
and kills more children then parents in the United States. If the
citizens of this country hold CPS to the same standards that they hold
parents too. No judge should ever put another child in the hands of ANY
government agency because CPS nationwide is guilty of more harm and
death than any human being combined. CPS nationwide is guilty of more
human rights violations and deaths of children then the homes from which
they were removed. When are the judges going to wake up and see that
they are sending children to their death and a life of abuse when
children are removed from safe homes based on the mere opinion of a
bunch of social workers.


CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, HAPPILY DESTROYING THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT
FAMILIES YEARLY NATIONWIDE AND COMING TO YOU'RE HOME SOON...


BE SURE TO FIND OUT WHERE YOUR CANDIDATES STANDS ON THE ISSUE OF
REFORMING OR ABOLISHING CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES ("MAKE YOUR CANDIDATES
TAKE A STAND ON THIS ISSUE.") THEN REMEMBER TO VOTE ACCORDINGLY IF THEY
ARE "FAMILY UNFRIENDLY" IN THE NEXT ELECTION...
 




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