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Article: Family Rights Advocates Question Petrak's Relationship with Law Enforcement

Board President Diane Redleaf and Executive Director Michelle Weidner are featured in a Bloomington Pantagraph article discussing the acquittal of a pastor who was accused of harming his newborn daughter. The case against Matt Everly relied heavily on the opinion of Dr. Channing Petrak, a child abuse pediatrician who has a contract with the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services. Judge Casey Costigan ruled that the state failed to make its case linking the father to the baby’s broken limbs.


Edith Brady-Lunny writes, "Dr. Channing Petrak, medical director with the Pediatric Resource Center in Peoria (PRC), told police the injuries to Olivia Everly were likely caused by a violent, jerking motion. Everly was acquitted Dec. 31 by Judge Casey Costigan, who ruled that the state failed to make its case linking the father to the baby’s broken limbs." You can read the full article in the Bloomington Pantagraph.


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