Friday, October 24, 2014

Violent dad to be sentenced for assault on 4-month-old son; baby now has 30 seizures a day from brain damage (United Kingdom)

Dad is identified as LUKE KERWIN.

VIOLENT DAD: Luke Kerwin, of Sinfin, to be sentenced today for brutal assault on four-month-old Mason

By Derby Telegraph | Posted: October 24, 2014

Luke Kerwin will be sentenced at Derby Crown Court tomorrow

A FATHER who lost his temper and shook his fourth-month-old son so hard he now suffers 30 seizures a day will today be punished for his actions.

Luke Kerwin, of Athol Close, Sinfin, appeared at Derby Crown Court, sitting at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, yesterday.

The 25-year-old had previously pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to his son, Mason, by shaking him in April 2012.

Judge Jonathan Gosling heard the facts of the case and Kerwin’s mitigation and adjourned sentencing to the same court today.

Dad accused of child abuse in death of 2-year-old son (Glendale, Arizona)


Man accused of child abuse in Glendale tot's death

Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014 3:06 pm

GLENDALE, Ariz. - A 29-year-old man is accused of child abuse after the death of a 2-year-old boy in Glendale.

The case began in January when Glendale police and fire personnel responded to a call of an unresponsive child at an apartment complex near 51st and Northern avenues.

 The child was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

A doctor who examined the child noted several areas of bruising, according to court documents.

The suspect, who police say is the biological father of the child, was interviewed by police that day and told detectives he was watching the boy and the boy’s sibling when he caught the child urinating on the floor.

He grabbed the boy and carried him to the bathroom where the child slipped from his grasp and fell on top of the bathtub, striking his stomach, the suspect told detectives.

The suspect said he kept checking on the boy and that the boy had eaten and had water.

According to the documents, at around 5:30 p.m. the child told the suspect his stomach hurt.

About half an hour later the boy’s mother arrived home.

She told police the suspect did not tell her what had happened. The suspect said they fed the boy and he vomited.

The child was put to bed around 7:45 p.m. and the suspect claimed he checked on him frequently.

Around 2:30 a.m., the suspect checked the child and found him with his eyes open and not breathing.

The suspect told authorities he started CPR and called 911.

During an autopsy, the medical examiner found the boy had a perforated intestine which would be very painful and cause the child to be very sick. The doctor said the boy also had other injuries, including abrasions a couple of days old to a healing rib fracture up to three months old.

The doctor who examined the boy at the hospital told police the trauma occurred from a punch or kick and not from falling onto the bathtub.

The doctor also said the boy may have survived had he received medical treatment early on.

When the suspect was arrested on Tuesday, October 21, he denied causing injuries to the boy and maintained that the child fell from his hands onto the bathtub.

ABC15 is not identifying the suspect as he has not yet been formally charged.

Non-custodial mom angry that CPS managers found not at fault in neglect death of 8-year-old daughter in home of abusive custodial dad, step (San Antonio, Texas)

Disgusting. CPS demonstrates it usual incompetence by not doing its job at all, not contacting anybody who made abuse complaints. They failed to visit the home. They failed to do anything basically.

Most interesting is that this filthy abusive father had CUSTODY while the PROTECTIVE MOM was on SUPERVISED VISITATION. And the mom was NEVER INFORMED there were even allegations by other parties regarding abuse and neglect. Even the folks at the supervised visitation center (who tend to be very biased against moms) thought Daddy was neglecting these kids and sexually abusing them, but CPS didn't interview them either.

And after all that, CPS exempts any of its higher ups for responsibility.

Dad is identified as DAVID BRASSE, who was eventually let off the hook on all charges.

And that's how things go down in a big fathers rights state like Texas.

CPS caseworkers at fault in child's death — but not managers

By Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje October 23, 2014 | Updated: October 23, 2014 10:17pm

SAN ANTONIO — The state Office of the Inspector General found that four Child Protective Services workers failed to follow state policy in the case of Sarah Brasse, an 8-year-old girl who, while under the watch of CPS, died of untreated appendicitis in 2009.

In a report released Thursday, the OIG doesn't recommend any disciplinary action, though it found a family-services specialist, a kinship specialist and two investigators neglected to perform even basic requirements of their jobs, such as making timely visits to ensure Sarah and her brothers were all right, or following up on reports that they possibly were being abused or neglected.

Sarah's father and stepmother were investigated by CPS multiple times for abuse and neglect in the two years prior to her death.

The OIG said there was no evidence to show two high-up program directors didn't comply with policy in their handling of the family referral and documentation process.

Allegations that these managers might have illegally altered state documents were not substantiated, the report states.

“There was no evidence to indicate that any policy violations were to blame for the appendicitis, which is listed as the cause of death,” the report notes.

Jo-Anne Guerrero, Sarah's biological mother who did not have primary custody, said she read the report “with a heavy heart.”

“Why are (managers) being let off the hook?” she asked. “Yes, they are holding some staff accountable, but as usual, it's just the front-line workers. It was managers who held the power to make the truly important decisions in my daughter's case, and they didn't do the right thing. This just seems like CPS sugar-coating things.”

A spokesman for CPS' parent agency stated Thursday that no disciplinary action is expected and the case is closed.

An investigation in 2013 by the San Antonio Express-News found that in the 48 hours before Sarah died, a school counselor, a school nurse and a Schertz police officer alerted CPS about their fears that she was being neglected.

CPS manager Diane Jones declined to open a new investigation or even send a caseworker to check on the ailing Sarah, despite the fact the agency's staffers repeatedly had recorded her father's failure to seek adequate medical care for her.

The OIG report states that Jones followed policy.

CPS failures

In finding that several caseworkers disregarded policies, the OIG report states:

The family-services worker admitted in interviews that she didn't provide a timely service plan in her casework involving Sarah. She didn't alert Sarah's biological mother about an investigation involving alleged medical neglect of her daughter and her two sons.

She also failed to see if the family was accessing required services and didn't conduct visual contact with the children in the months prior to Sarah's death. And she didn't conduct a home assessment that would have “made her aware of provisions for the children and the condition in which they lived.”

The report notes the above failures were “corroborated” by a review of CPS' computerized record system, or IMPACT.

To Penny Williams, a former family-based services caseworker who worked with Sarah's family the year before she died, that statement reveals supervisors and upper management “knew what was going on.”

“Supervisors can see all documentation in IMPACT,” she said. “They had to know nothing was getting done in this case, that the children weren't being seen, and they are ultimately responsible. And it goes higher up: Once a month, supervisors have monthly meetings with program directors and program administrators, and they have to share all this information.”

Other lapses in policy, according to the OIG report:

A CPS investigator failed to contact staff at KidShare Family Services, where the Brasse children had supervised visits with their mother. Staff at KidShare made reports to CPS that the children were being neglected and possibly sexually abused, but the investigator never called back.

* A second CPS investigator also didn't notify JoAnne that her ex-husband David Brasse and his then-fiance Samantha Britain were being investigated by CPS regarding their care of the children.

* A kinship worker didn't contact a physician at Laurel Ridge Hospital, who had reported to CPS that one of Sarah's brothers appeared malnourished. He also failed to respond to an outcry the children made that “they were always hungry and not fed.”

* Staff at Watts Elementary School, where Sarah was in second grade, told OIG investigators they were not informed of an open CPS case involving the Brasse children and were not contacted by any caseworkers over their reported concerns that the children were not being care for adequately.

When EMS arrived at the Brasse home the night of Feb. 5, 2009, Sarah's body already was stiff with rigor mortis, her jaw clenched shut. The house was filthy. Police noted vomit throughout the place — on the stairs, a bathroom sink, on Sarah's bedding and her body.

David Brasse and Britain originally were found guilty of manslaughter and injury to a child, but those verdicts were overturned on appeal, with judges citing insufficient evidence. The state continued to pursue Britain, who was at home most of the day Sarah died, but she ultimately was exonerated.

The OIG report has been referred to Cynthia O'Keefe, general counsel of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the document says.

'Matter closed'

When asked if any actions were planned in response to the report, Patrick Crimmins, spokesman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, replied in an email: “The report was very thorough and we appreciate the input of OIG. This case has been extensively reviewed, and DFPS considers the matter closed.”

Crimmins confirmed that three of the four employees whose policy failures were cited in the report still are employed by the department, but that no disciplinary actions were planned.

Guerrero said the report's noting that CPS' actions didn't cause her daughter's appendicitis is “ridiculous.”

“Of course, they didn't give her appendicitis, but their inaction led to her death,” she said. “If they had acted on stuff that was brought to their attention, they would have recognized she needed help. I kept telling CPS all those years there were problems in that home. I kept saying to them, 'What are you waiting for?'”

Like DFPS and CPS, the Inspector General's office is under the umbrella of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

After being given a copy of the report, a former CPS caseworker who's familiar with the case but asked to remain anonymous because she still fears retribution, responded: “I had serious concerns about an HHSC agency investigating another HHSC agency. It seems my concerns were justified.”

The Sunset Advisory Commission, which regularly evaluates state agencies, recently issue a critical report of the OIG, stating the division uses “inefficient and ineffective processes” and is hobbled by communication, a lack of transparency and limited staff training.

Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, who asked the OIG to investigate CPS' handling of Sarah's case after the Express-News reported seven months ago about the missing KidShare referrals, said at two pages long, the report is “not as in depth as I would have hoped for given the complexity of the case. ...”

“Sarah's death is neither excusable, nor will it be forgotten. ... .”

Dad charged with killing 6-year-old daughter tried to "intimidate" surviving child and keep him from taking; is this a custodial father? (Syracuse, New York)

We've posted on this case before. At that time we speculated that GLENN COLLINS was a custodial father since he was out at casino with his girlfriend while the kids were home alone under unsafe conditions. We finally see mention of a mother, but no other information. How did a guy with a prior drug felony conviction and guns get any custodial rights at all? Oh right, this is upstate New York, which has a very strong fathers rights lobby.

Father 'intimidated,' tried to silence surviving child of carbon monoxide poisoning, indictment says

By Julie McMahon on October 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM, updated October 23, 2014 at 6:19 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Glenn Collins, the Salina father charged with manslaughter in the carbon monoxide poisoning death of his 6-year-old daughter, intimidated and attempted to silence his surviving son, court papers say.

In an indictment filed earlier this month, District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said that Collins repeatedly attempted to intimate Jaidon Collins, now 15, while he was being treated for carbon monoxide poisoning at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital.

Collins also tried to stop Jaidon from talking about the events of Aug. 29, the day Collins left Jaidon and his sister Gabriella alone at his house with a generator running in the basement, the papers said.

In a news conference earlier this month, Fitzpatrick said that Jaidon contacted his father as Collins traveled to Turning Stone casino with a woman. Jaidon told him he felt sick and Gabriella was crying, but Collins did not return until around 6:30 a.m., Fitzpatrick said.

Onondaga County district attorney William Fitzpatrick makes announcement at a press conference that Glenn Collins, the father of a 6-year-old girl who was killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in late August, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, a felony.

Reached by a reporter, Jaidon's mother Elizabeth Stafford declined to comment on what happened while her son was in the hospital. Stafford has said that Jaidon is making a slow recovery and the two of them are not yet ready to talk publicly about the incident.

Collins was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, in addition to the other charges previously discussed by Fitzpatrick.

Collins, 37, was released on bond Monday. His bail was set at $100,000 despite objections from the district attorney's office that he be allowed to leave the Onondaga County Justice Center.

Collins could not be reached at his parents' house for comment. He did not respond to requests for an interview left at the house.

Court papers also revealed that Collins was $2,000 behind on his National Grid bill before the utility company shut off his power, apparently leading him to place a generator in the basement of the house, the indictment said.

Second-degree manslaughter, a felony: Collins is accused of recklessly ignoring the warning label on a gas-powered generator, causing his house to fill with gas and kill 6-year-old Gabriella.

Theft of services, a felony, and second-degree criminal impersonation, a misdemeanor: Collins allegedly owed $2,000 to National Grid, which led the company, after 16 notices over several months and repeated payment plan offers, to cut power at the home.

Two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor: Collins' conduct toward his son, in addition to his actions regarding the generator, led to two endangerment charges, the indictment states. According to the papers, Collins ignored a warning label which stated the generator was not electrically equipped to be used indoors, in addition to its fumes being a hazard. Investigators found that Collins also endangered his children because he did not have functioning smoke or carbon monoxide detectors in the home, the papers said.

Fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, misdemeanor: Collins was found to have a rifle the day police responded to the carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the indictment. Because of a prior drug felony conviction, Collins was not permitted to have a gun.

Second-degree aggravated harassment, violation: Finally, Collins is accused of threatening on Sept. 9 a friend of Gabriella's mother through a Facebook message, according to the indictment and statements from DA Fitzpatrick.

Dad murders 19-month-old daughter and her mother; he's later found dead from suicide after police standoff (Fayette County, Texas)

Dad is identified as DEANDRE RASHAD OWENS.

Child injured in fatal Fayette County shooting has died

By Ciara O'Rourke
American-Statesman Staff

A child who was found injured at the scene of a fatal shooting Monday in Fayette County has died, according to the Travis County medical examiner’s office.

Azareyh Aleyiah Owens was nearly 19 months old when she died Tuesday afternoon. Her manner of death is pending an autopsy, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Her cause of death is homicide.

The child’s mother, 19-year-old Justice Martinez, was found dead with a gunshot wound around noon Monday at a home on U.S. 290 near Ledbetter, east of Giddings, authorities have said.

The Fayette County sheriff’s office said the child’s father, DeAndre Rashad Owens, was a person of interest in the killing. Owens, 25, was found dead later that day in Austin.

Austin police said that Owens had called 911 around 1 p.m. Monday saying he was suicidal. SWAT officers tried to establish contact with Owens at his apartment at 1017 Clayton Lane. After a three-hour standoff, the officers forced their way into the apartment and found him dead of an apparent suicide.

The Fayette County sheriff’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment Wednesday.

Dad charged with murder in beating death of 1-year-old daughter during his weekend visitation (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Dad is identified as CHRISTOPHER STORBAKKEN.

Father charged with murder in baby’s death

Jill Disis and Bill McCleery

8:50 a.m. EDT October 24, 2014

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police have arrested a man in connection with the death of his 1-year-old daughter earlier this month.

Christopher Storbakken, 27, was arrested on a murder charge Thursday nearly three weeks after his daughter, Harper Fowler, was found unresponsive in a home in the 3200 block of Fisher Road on Oct. 5.

Harper was later pronounced dead at Riley Hospital for Children.

IMPD homicide detectives later interviewed Storbakken and said he gave them a statement that was not consistent with his daughter’s injuries.

Harper Fowler sustained bruising to her ear, jaw, neck, right leg, right arm, left hand and the top of her head, according to a court document. Further examination both before and after Harper’s death showed internal injuries such as brain and retinal hemorrhages, the document states.

Storbakken told police and paramedics his daughter was injured when she fell as he was trying to pick her up from her bed, according to the probable-cause affidavit. The charging document states it was Storbakken himself who “inflicted blunt force injuries” on his daughter.

At the time of Harper’s injury, her twin sister was also in the man’s care, according to the documents. Storbakken lives in Bloomington but has been driving to Indianapolis to watch the girls on weekends while the girls’ mother pursues a nursing degree, police said.

Storbakken admitted to police he is an alcoholic, according to court documents, but said he had not been drinking Oct. 5. He told police he watched TV and played a game on his phone while the girls were taking a nap. They had just awakened at the time of the incident, he said, and he was getting them from their bed.

Storbakken is charged with murder, battery and neglect of a dependent, all felony charges, according the court document. He is being held without bond at the Arrestee Processing Center, according to an IMPD release.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dad charged with battery in death of 2-month-old son; played video games instead of calling 911 (Johnson County, Indiana)

Yet another short-tempered video game-addicted little f*** of a sperm donor who killed the baby. Guys who butt their heads through drywall when they get "mad" shouldn't be doing infant caretaking.

Dad is identified as IAN DEFENDERFER.

Father charged after 2-month-old’s death

By Kate Taylor
 Published: October 22, 2014, 5:57 pm | Updated: October 23, 2014, 10:29 am

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – A Greenwood father is facing battery-related charges after his 2-month-old son died from blunt force trauma to the head earlier this month.

According to the affidavit for probable cause, 20-year-old Ian Defenderfer called 911 on Oct. 3 saying that his infant son had stopped breathing. Medics said the baby’s pupils were fixed and dilated when he was taken to Community Hospital House. The infant was later transported to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health via medical helicopter.

According to police, Defenderfer said his son was crying for 30 to 45 minutes when he suddenly stopped crying and had trouble breathing. Defenderfer said he tried to rock the baby, but then placed him back in his bassinet.

According to the probable cause, after putting the baby in the bassinet, Defenderfer played a computer video game on his laptop for 41 minutes.

Court documents state that when Defenderfer saw that the infant was only breathing once every 10 seconds, he called his best friend who advised him to call 911. According to court documents, by this time, the baby may have been deprived of oxygen for anywhere from three to five minutes.

The infant’s mom told police in an interview that Defenderfer loses his temper and that there was a large hole above their bed which was caused from Defenderfer head butting the drywall when he was mad.

According to court documents, the next day, Defenderfer told the baby’s mom that he shook their baby. Hospital officials said they found visible marks and bruising on the baby’s body that day. Officials also told police the baby could be brain dead.

On Oct. 5, the infant died at the hospital, according to police.

Two days later, the Marion County Coroner determined the baby died from blunt force trauma to the head. The coroner said the baby also had signs of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

According to court documents, on Oct. 17, Defenderfer was charged with battery resulting in the death of a person younger than 14 and aggravated battery.