Latest Child endangerment News

This Dec. 17, 2018, photo provided by the San Francisco Police courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo, shows a missing lemur, named Maki. The ring-tailed lemur was missing from the San Francisco Zoo after someone broke into an enclosure overnight and stole the endangered animal, police said Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The 21-year-old male lemur was discovered missing shortly before the zoo opened to visitors, zoo and police officials said. They're seeking tips from the public in hopes of finding the lemur, explaining that Maki is an endangered animal that requires specialized care. (Marianne V. Hale/San Francisco Zoo via AP)

'There's a lemur!' 5-year-old helps crack SF Zoo theft case

Oct. 17, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police said Friday they arrested a man suspected of stealing a ring-tailed lemur from the San Francisco Zoo, where officials rewarded a 5-year-old boy who helped recapture the endangered primate with a lifetime membership. The theft of Maki, an arthritic 21-year-old lemur, made the...

Massachusetts foster parents could be first to unionize

Oct. 15, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts could become home to the first union to successfully represent foster parents. SEIU 509 announced plans Thursday to unionize thousands of foster parents across the state. Union officials say that while foster parents provide nurturing and compassion, they also require the...

This undated photo provided by the Dent County Sheriff's Office in Salem, Mo., shows Susan Abney. Abney and her husband Randall Abney, are jailed on $500,000 bond on a charge of abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death. The charge was filed after the Oct. 3, 2020, death of their daughter, who was identified in court records by her initials of JAA. (Dent County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Missouri couple charged in death of emaciated 10-year-old

Oct. 14, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A 10-year-old Missouri girl whose parents have been charged in her death was so emaciated that a detective said she looked "like a Holocaust victim," according to court records. The girl, who is identified in court records as JAA, died Oct. 3. A cause of death hasn’t been...

School officials charged with hiding lead, asbestos problems

Sep. 30, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

The former superintendent of a Pennsylvania school district and two other officials were charged Wednesday with felony child endangerment over allegations they covered up lead and asbestos contamination in the schools and exposed students and staff to serious health risks. Starting in 2016, officials in the...

FILE - This undated booking photo provided by the Brown County (Wisc) Sheriff's Office shows Sagal Hussein. Hussein, accused of neglecting her son, causing his death and hiding his body in the trunk of her car for months has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges. Hussein faces nine charges in Brown County, including chronic neglect of a child resulting in death. (Brown County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Wisconsin woman pleads not guilty in son's neglect death

Sep. 30, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman accused of neglecting her son, causing his death and hiding his body in the trunk of her car for months has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges. Sagal Hussein faces nine charges in Brown County, including chronic neglect of a child resulting in death. A criminal...

Missouri child welfare division head resigns after 3 months

Sep. 29, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The director of a division that oversees child welfare services in Missouri has resigned without explanation after only three months on the job. Former Missouri Rep. David Wood, a Republican from Versailles, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Monday that he is no longer the...

Andrew Polovin, right, a former supervisor with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, walks to the podium in the courtroom of Judge Robert Wilbrandt during his arraignment hearing at the McHenry County Courthouse on Thursday, Sep. 17, 2020 in Woodstock, Ill. Polovin, one of two former Illinois child welfare workers who investigated abuse allegations involving 5-year-old Andrew

Abuse investigator pleads not guilty in slain boy case

Sep. 24, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — A former Illinois child welfare worker who investigated allegations of abuse involving a 5-year-old boy who was later beaten to death pleaded not guilty Thursday to child endangerment and reckless conduct charges. Carlos Acosta, 54, of Woodstock, entered the plea in a McHenry County...

Andrew Polovin, right, a former supervisor with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, walks to the podium in the courtroom of Judge Robert Wilbrandt during his arraignment hearing at the McHenry County Courthouse on Thursday, Sep. 17, 2020 in Woodstock, Ill. Polovin, one of two former Illinois child welfare workers who investigated abuse allegations involving 5-year-old Andrew

Ex-Illinois state worker pleads not guilty in slain boy case

Sep. 17, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

One of two former Illinois child welfare workers who investigated abuse allegations involving a 5-year-old boy whose beaten body was found in a shallow grave last year pleaded not guilty Thursday to child endangerment and reckless conduct charges. Andrew Polovin, 48, of Island Lake, entered his plea during a...

Boy dead in own filth in locked room; dad, fiancee charged

Sep. 14, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

ANNVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man and his fiancee imprisoned the man's 12-year-old son in a darkened room for years, starving him and beating him while treating their other children well, until he was finally found dead in his own filth, authorities said. Scott Schollenberger Jr., 41, and Kimberly...

This Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 booking photo provided by the McHenry County, Ill., Sheriff's Office, shows Carlos J. Acosta, one of two child welfare workers who investigated abuse allegations involving a 5-year-old boy allegedly killed months later by his parents, has been charged with child endangerment. Acosta, 54, of Woodstock, and his former supervisor, 48-year-old Andrew Polovin of Island Lake, were arrested Thursday on two counts each of endangering the life of a child and one count of reckless conduct.  (McHenry County Sheriff's Office via AP)

2 ex-child welfare workers face charges in slain boy case

Sep. 11, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — Two former Illinois child welfare workers who investigated abuse allegations involving a 5-year-old boy allegedly killed months later by his parents face child endangerment charges accusing them of failing to protect the youngster from harm, according to an indictment filed Friday....