March 13, 2015 |
TRENTON - Four months after being stabbed nearly two dozen times by a client in Camden, child protection worker Leah Coleman thanked the colleagues credited with saving her life as hundreds of union workers cheered her on. Coleman, a worker in the state Department of Children and Families, also joined her union's calls for a better, safer work environment. Two of her caseworker colleagues were recognized at Wednesday's union gathering for grabbing and subduing the attacker until help arrived.
March 11, 2015 |
A woman who stabbed a child protection worker in a state office building in Camden last year pleaded guilty Monday. Taisha Edwards, 31, of Camden, pleaded guilty in Superior Court to attempted murder. In return, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office agreed to recommend a 13-year term in state prison, it said in a news release. Edwards, a client of the state's Department of Children and Families, had been meeting Leah Coleman, a caseworker, at the state agency's Division of Child Protection and Permanency office on the 100 block of Haddon Avenue on Nov. 17, 2014.
December 4, 2014 |
A state child protection worker, critically injured after she was repeatedly stabbed in the hallway outside her office in Camden, has been released from the hospital, authorities said. And union leaders are continuing to advocate safety improvements for workers in the Department of Children and Families (DCF) across the state, who say they work in extremely dangerous conditions, and who had threatened to stay home this week if things did not improve. Last month, armed guards were removed from offices throughout New Jersey and reassigned to three psychiatric facilities around the state.
November 20, 2014 |
A woman accused of repeatedly stabbing a child protection worker Monday in a state office building in Camden, from which armed guards had just been withdrawn, had twice before been charged with assault, according to court records. On Tuesday, after Taisha Edwards, 30, of Camden, was charged with attempted murder, union officials who represent the state workers in their offices at 101 Haddon Ave. complained of a lack of protection there. The concerns appeared to lead to action, as the Department of Children and Families decided Tuesday to restore armed guards at the building, according to Hetty Rosenstein, state director for the Communications Workers of America.
September 23, 2014 |
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Six years after her interview with a teenage boy set off one of the most explosive criminal cases in state history, Jessica Dershem still works in the same windowless office in her hometown. Dershem, a 32-year-old caseworker with the Clinton County Children and Youth Services department, investigates custody disputes and claims of child abuse and neglect. She handles 12, maybe 15, cases each year. Most never make the news - because they don't involve someone like Jerry Sandusky.
August 24, 2014 |
Betty Lou Turner Sullivan, 89, of Haddonfield, a former social caseworker at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, died of complications of congestive heart failure Monday, Aug. 4, at the health care facility Alaris Health of Cherry Hill. Her husband, Andrew J., died at Alaris on June 19. He was a director of several divisions, such as that for flavor chemistry, at the Campbell Institute for Research and Technology in Camden from the mid-1950s to the mid-1990s, said a nephew, Clifford S. Tinder.
August 1, 2014 |
GUN-CONTROL groups regard last week's shooting at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital as another case of a violent wacko who shouldn't have had a firearm, yet owned three. For the National Rifle Association, it's about the "good guy with a gun" - a quick-thinking doctor who likely prevented a mass murder by shooting the "bad guy" before he could reach into his pocket to reload. But last night, it was just about Theresa Hunt, the quirky caseworker who didn't survive. Hunt, 53, was one of nine children.
July 25, 2014 |
DOCTORS ARE known for saving lives - but rarely do they do it with a gun. But that's exactly what happened yesterday, authorities said, when a psychiatrist returned fire on a patient who had shot him in the head and had fatally shot a caseworker at the Sister Marie Lenahan Mercy Wellness Center in Yeadon, Delaware County. "Without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives," Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux said. "If he [the doctor] wasn't armed . . . this guy could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition.
March 12, 2013 |
Antonio Joseph grew up on the bad side of foster care. As a teenager, he was bounced to 15 homes in four years. He encountered abuse, neglect, manipulation, and abandonment. One foster family promised to take him on vacation if he got a job; instead, they took his earnings to a casino and left him at a stranger's trailer for a week, he said. "I know what not to do," Joseph, 30, of Abington, said. He and his wife, Chris, spent the last two months getting training and background checks to become foster parents.
August 3, 2012 |
State officials have arrested two caseworkers from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare's Darby Borough office and charged them with stealing nearly $300,000 in public assistance funds in separate schemes. The two were identified as Cynthia A. Lewis, 47, of Oxford Street, Lansdowne, and Ivan Jones, 43, of the 1400 block of South Etting Street, said Attorney General Linda Kelly. According to a grand jury presentment, Lewis created six false public-assistance accounts and routed $254,000 to herself between 2007 and 2011.