June 20, 2016
ISSUE | CHILD ABUSE Hotline needs funds to protect victims In a recent audit conducted by the Pennsylvania Auditor General's Office, it was found that nearly 42,000 calls to the state child-abuse hotline were dropped or left unanswered. While it's easy to blame the call center for this failure, insufficient funding and staffing and unacceptable working conditions are responsible. This lack of funding threatens the hotline's ability to retain staff members, threatening the progress made in the reporting of child abuse since the Jerry Sandusky case.
July 26, 2015 |
As she rocked her 4-month-old infant in her arms, a visually upset young mother said, "I think my baby is falling apart and so am I. " A quick glance at this previously healthy child confirmed her fears. "He was doing great for the first few months and was so happy, but ever since I weaned him from breast feeding to formula to go back to work, he has almost become unrecognizable," she said. "He is constantly crying, is having diarrhea, and has this horrible rash on his face. I think his hair is coming out as well.
June 21, 2015 |
The pediatric resident I was overseeing in our busy sick clinic at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children hurriedly described the 2-year-old he had just seen with a rash on his trunk. "I think the child's been beaten," the resident said to me, wide-eyed and somewhat shaken. "He has several long, dark lines on his back and stomach. It looks like slap marks. " Child abuse and neglect is the dark side of pediatrics that is seen all too often. There are telltale signs, "red flags" that alert pediatricians to the possibility a child has been intentionally abused: bruising in a child who isn't yet crawling; marks on areas where there are no bony prominences, such as the ears, neck, and, like our patient, the trunk.
January 16, 2015 |
DECADES AGO - before houses sprang up between his block of 12th Street and Broad Street - Wes Hatton used the open space in his North Philadelphia neighborhood to teach his daughter and her friend Kim Jones how to ride bikes. Hatton, who has lived on 12th Street near Jefferson for 55 years, knew Jones all her life. He can't grasp the fact that someone killed her Tuesday morning, firing a single bullet into the back of her skull just steps from Hatton's and Jones' side-by-side rowhouses.
January 15, 2015 |
FOR KIM JONES, life was about caring for others. The mother spent the last several years working at an organization that helps abused and neglected children. But with the pull of a trigger yesterday morning - a single bullet fired into the dedicated child-advocacy worker's head as she went off to work - that was all gone. Police said Jones, 56, left her North Philadelphia home about 9 a.m. and walked less than a block to a bus stop at 12th and Jefferson streets, just as she had each day for several years on her way to her job at Center City-based Turning Points for Children.
June 5, 2014 |
For the second straight year, Pennsylvania State University will provide two regional child advocacy groups with money the school would have otherwise collected from football bowl revenue. University officials said the school would distribute close to $230,000 to the Stewards of Children education and prevention program and the Children's Advocacy Center, two Centre County organizations that are dedicated to protecting children. As part of the sanctions imposed by the NCAA and Big Ten Conference following child sex-abuse crimes committed by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, the Nittany Lions were prohibited last season from playing in postseason games.
August 18, 2013
Harrisburg wrecked this ship Not so many years ago, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in all its wisdom, decided that the people of Philadelphia didn't know how to run the city schools. So the state took them over, dissolved the school board, appointed its own school board, and called it the School Reform Commission. The state was going to show us that the School District could be run better and more economically. I won't enumerate all the wonderful things the state has done since to land us where we are. Well, OK, just one: It hired Arlene Ackerman as superintendent and then had to pay her almost $1 million to leave.
July 25, 2013 |
Penn State officials said Tuesday that the $2.26 million the university would have earned from 2012-13 bowl revenues collected by Big Ten Conference football teams has been divided into 12 equal shares for each member school to distribute to regional charities that focus on child advocacy and protecting children. In a news release, the university said it would donate its share, a total of $188,344, through the Centre County United Way with instructions to split the money between the Children's Advocacy Center and the Stewards of Children program.
December 5, 2012 |
Toxicology tests have confirmed that the Camden mother who decapitated her toddler and killed herself in August had smoked marijuana laced with PCP. The results were forwarded to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office on Monday. They showed that Chevonne Thomas, 34, had smoked marijuana and phencyclidine, a hallucinogenic known to cause extreme violence in some users, said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the prosecutor. On Aug. 22, Thomas, who suffered from mental illness and twice lost custody of her son because of drug use, stabbed and cut the head off 2-year-old Zahree, put the head in a freezer, and then fatally stabbed herself in her Parkside apartment, police said.