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Tucson, Arizona New questions arise on CPS " CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES"ties to slain children...



 
 
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Old July 19th 07, 09:26 AM posted to alt.support.child-protective-services,alt.support.foster-parents,alt.dads-rights.unmoderated,alt.parenting.spanking
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Default Tucson, Arizona New questions arise on CPS " CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES"ties to slain children...

New questions arise on CPS ties to slain children
By Josh Brodesky
arizona daily star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 07.19.2007

http://www.azstarnet.com/dailystar/192450


Child Protective Services case summaries released Wednesday discussing
the agency's involvement with three slain Tucson children raise new
questions, in at least one case, about its actions to keep the children
safe.

In March 2006, the mother of Ariana and Tyler Payne sought help from
police in getting her children back from their father, Christopher
Matthew Payne. Police and CPS refused to enforce her court custody order
after CPS said the mother, Jamie Hallam, was being investigated for neglect.
When the allegation was proved unsubstantiated in April 2006, CPS did
not retrieve the children, and Hallam's family members say they were
never notified.

In the case of Brandon Williams, a CPS worker spent a month searching
for the autistic boy and his mother, Diane Marsh. But when the worker
found the two outside their North Side home in October, she never left
her car. She did call the Pima County Sheriff's Department and asked
Marsh through her car window to stop.

The release of the case summaries comes roughly four months after
records requests by the Arizona Daily Star. A lawsuit to obtain the
complete files is pending. CPS declined to release the case summaries
after the Pima County Attorney's Office had said the information could
hinder its prosecutions and investigations of the cases.

While the case summaries provide some new details about the Williams and
Payne cases, they are incomplete. Citing confidentiality laws, CPS
spokeswoman Liz Barker Alvarez said she could not, for the most part,
provide details outside of the summaries.

An unsubstantiated report
On Feb. 18, police found 4-year-old Ariana's decomposing body in a tub
that had first been placed in a storage locker and then in a trash bin.
Despite two searches at the Los Reales Landfill, 5300 E. Los Reales
Road, 5-year-old Tyler's remains have not been recovered. The children's
father, Christopher Matthew Payne, 29, is charged with killing them.

Following a domestic fight between the parents, Hallam was granted sole
custody without visitation rights for Payne in June 2003, court records
show.
In October 2005, CPS began investigating a report alleging Tyler and
Ariana were neglected. In January 2006, Hallam allowed the children to
visit their father, despite the court order.

The case summary shows Payne told the agency he wasn't sure what to do
with the children. A CPS worker advised him to petition for custody. At
the time, despite a lengthy arrest record, Payne had not been the
subject of any abuse allegations involving his kids.

When Hallam sought to get her children back in March of last year,
police contacted CPS, and a supervisor told the officers the agency was
investigating Hallam and to keep the children with Payne, records show.
One month later, the case was closed and the neglect allegation was
unsubstantiated.

Speaking generally, and not specifically about the Payne case, Barker
Alvarez said an unsubstantiated allegation doesn't mean a home is safe.
"It is possible that the investigator could find other things or
information that have put the children at risk," she said. "An
unsubstantiated allegation does not mean that there is not a risk to the
child that still needs to be mitigated."
A long search
Diane Marsh and a roommate, Flower Tompson, have been charged with
killing Brandon Williams, who died in March as a result of a skull
fracture, but who also had a large amount of over-the-counter medication
in his system.


CPS first had contact with 5-year-old Brandon in August because of a
family assault by Brandon's older brother.
By mid-September, the CPS worker had lost contact with Brandon and
Marsh, who had moved to a motel.
Then, in mid-October the worker along with a sheriff's officer visited
the home, which was empty and in disarray with furniture overturned and
trash and clothing strewn about.


The worker returned to the home the next day and saw Brandon, Marsh and
Tompson pull up to the home. Rather than confront them alone, she called
the Sheriff's Department and spoke to them from inside her car.
"She pulled up to the driveway and asked them to stop so that she could
talk to them. They immediately drove off," the report says. The worker
followed but couldn't keep up, the case summary says.
After that, the case summary outlines four more attempts the worker made
to find Brandon between October and December.


Rep. Jonathan Paton, a Tucson Republican who is leading legislative
hearings about CPS involvement in the cases, said he will push for the
hearings to be open at least in regard to these two cases. He also
said he would like the original documents for the cases to be released.
"I just wish that they could rip off the Band-Aid and get it over with
so we can know what's going on and address some of the issues," he said.
Dan Barr, who represents the Star, said he doesn't understand why the
case summaries were withheld.
"There is no reason this couldn't have been released in March," he said.

Contact reporter Josh Brodesky at 807-7789 or .


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

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, HAPPILY DESTROYING HUNDREDS 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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Default Tucson, Arizona New questions arise on CPS " CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES" ties to slain children...

On Thu, 19 Jul 2007 01:26:58 -0700, fx wrote:
.....
In the case of Brandon Williams, a CPS worker spent a month searching
for the autistic boy and his mother, Diane Marsh. But when the worker
found the two outside their North Side home in October, she never left
her car. She did call the Pima County Sheriff's Department and asked
Marsh through her car window to stop.

.....

Unless I'm mistaken it would be a very bad move, and dangerous to a
child for a single worker to attempt to physically arrest the progress
of someone NOT a perp.

So she called for police backup.

To NOT have done so could have cost lives...not just her's, as folks
that do desperate things, as this mother did, can well be armed, or
have others in the vicinity that would attempt to help her in escaping
the worker.

Tell you what, next time there is one of these cases, send Greg, and
Dennis. Now there's a team that would be happy to tackle a mother.

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