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This archive of news articles includes publications that discuss wrongful allegations of child abuse or neglect, medical conditions that present as symptoms of abuse, news regarding child protective services, policy changes, stories about reunification, events and other topics. For any content-related inquiries or suggestions regarding articles in this archive, contact us here

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Reunification Heroes: Michelle Weidner

Reunification Heroes: Michelle Weidner

ABA Center on Children and the Law

India Jones

American Bar Association

6/29/22

What to Do If You Are Mistakenly Accused of Child Abuse in a Hospital Emergency Room

It is not the role of emergency department staff to substantiate a claim of child maltreatment, but only to report a reasonable suspicion of abuse or neglect. In most scenarios, the emergency department staff do not know a child or family prior to the encounter and they are meeting the family for the first time in a crisis situation.

Katheryn G Goldman & Daniel Pollack

Parent Map

6/28/22

The State Took Their Children For 467 Days After An Alleged Slight. Now The Family Is Suing

A family is suing the state of Illinois, a child welfare investigator contracted by the state, and others, alleging their three children were taken away for more than a year over the investigator’s hurt feelings.

Ashe Schow

DailyWire

3/3/22

HHS received almost 300 info blocking claims since April, with majority lodged against providers

HHS received almost 300 info blocking claims since April, with majority lodged against providers

The Office of the National Coordinator’s first release of information blocking claims was much anticipated, given the free flow of health information across different entities is a perennial problem in the U.S.

Rebecca Pifer

Healthcare Dive

3/1/22

The director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Marc D. Smith testifies before the House Appropriations-Human Services Committee Friday, April 26, 2019 in Chicago.

Family sues state, contractor after children taken for 467 days

A federal lawsuit filed against a child welfare investigator contracted by the state of Illinois, and others, alleges three children were taken away from their parents for more than a year for arbitrary reasons.

Greg Bishop

The Center Square

2/28/22

A New Jersey Woman Claimed Innocence In ‘Shaken Baby’ Death. Now Her Conviction May Get Another Look.

A New Jersey Woman Claimed Innocence In ‘Shaken Baby’ Death. Now Her Conviction May Get Another Look.

Spurred by an Appeal investigation into Michelle Heale’s controversial 2015 case, a law professor is asking New Jersey’s Conviction Review Unit to “correct an injustice” and set Heale free.

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

The Appeal

2/15/22

Convictions vacated in Rosamond baby’s death; court finds defendant received ineffective counsel

A man’s convictions in the 2012 death of a Rosamond baby have been overturned after a Superior Court judge found defense counsel failed to provide police reports to an expert witness and conceded the child died of abuse instead of investigating evidence of natural or pre-existing conditions.

Jason Kotowski

KGET News

1/6/22

Alfonzo Clayborne was charged with first-degree reckless injury to his 3-month old son, based on the opinion of University of Wisconsin Dr. Barbara Knox that the boy had a leg fracture "from violent shaking or a twist." The charges were later dropped after experts determined the boy’s leg was not broken. Clayborne was photographed in Fitchburg, Wis., on Oct. 7, 2021. Coburn Dukehart/Wisconsin Watch

Wisconsin judge, jury, prosecutor reject child abuse cases sparked by Dr. Barbara Knox

Criminal justice system has repeatedly rebuffed medical opinions of the former University of Wisconsin child abuse pediatrician.

Brenda Wintrode

Wisconsin Watch

12/4/21

Kathryn Campbell and defense attorney Nathan Otis react to Campbell’s not guilty verdict in her criminal trial at the Dane County Courthouse, in Madison, Wis., on Nov. 12, 2021. Campbell was found not guilty of the charge of abusing a 4-month-old in her care. Coburn Dukehart/Wisconsin Watch

Jury rejects child abuse charge triggered by former University of Wisconsin doctor

Dr. Barbara Knox’s declaration of 'obvious child abuse' fell apart after a five-day trial that centered on the controversial diagnosis of abusive head trauma

Dee J. Hall

Wisconsin Watch

11/13/21

Not guilty: Woman acquitted of all charges in 2017 death of toddler

A not guilty verdict was rendered Thursday in the trial of a 47-year-old Waimea woman charged with the 2017 murder of a Waimea toddler.

Laura Ruminski

West Hawaii Today

11/5/21

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