Posts tagged "child abuse"

Half of homicides among DCFS-involved kids are under the age of two

Half of homicides among DCFS-involved kids are under the age of two
It really shocked me when I read this statistic: Of the cases in which the state was involved, half of the child homicides in the last decade were kids who were under the age of two. Maybe it’s because I’m a mom now, or maybe it’s because my own son, Teddy, hasn’t yet reached his... Read more »

Signed Into Law: Keeping closed child abuse records available, debtors may be off the hook from repaying illegal lenders

Signed Into Law: Keeping closed child abuse records available, debtors may be off the hook from repaying illegal lenders
Closed records about child abuse to remain available – SB 3544 – The reports on child abuse and neglect that are deemed unfounded, are usually kept for 12 months after that determination. Then the reports are removed from the system. This legislation, signed in August, allows the Department of Child and Family Services to retain... Read more »

Barber Shop Preview: Maria Zamudio on child homicide in Illinois

Barber Shop Preview: Maria Zamudio on child homicide in Illinois
Every week on the Barber Shop Show, our weekly radio on Vocalo 89.5 FM, we bring you stories and voices you’ve just got to hear. This week, we’re featuring one close to home: our own Maria Zamudio, talking about her recent investigation, Dying for Attention, in this month’s issue of the Chicago Reporter. Zamudio investigated... Read more »
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What happens when broken systems fail struggling families

What happens when broken systems fail struggling families
I met Merlene Robinson-Parsons just after she had been evicted. The judge had approved the order of possession for her apartment, but she was still fighting. The management company for her subsidized apartment in Rogers Park evicted her because she hadn’t paid her rent. It’d gotten too expensive after her husband moved out. According to... Read more »

Behind the story: Child homicide report leads to sleepless nights, heartbreaking interview

Behind the story: Child homicide report leads to sleepless nights, heartbreaking interview
I never imagined I would pressure a grieving family member into giving me an interview.  But I was desperate. My deadline was looming and there was still an important piece missing from my story: An interview with the aunt of a young boy who was beaten to death.   His aunt’s name is Katrina and... Read more »

What you need to know about child homicide in Illinois

Haven’t read our latest issue, Dying for Attention, just yet? This infographic is a quick summary. It’s a great introduction to the topic, but you don’t want to miss reading the full report, with personal stories about victims of child homicide, their families and responses from state officials.
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The Chicago Reporter investigation reveals troubling child abuse trends

Every year, an average of 18 children in Illinois die at the hands of adults. Our child homicide rate hasn’t budged in the last 11 years, despite our state’s overall homicide rate is down 26 percent. What may be even more disturbing is that in many of those cases, state officials were warned. That’s the... Read more »

Dying for Attention: The Chicago Reporter finds many kids killed after DCFS investigations

Dying for Attention: The Chicago Reporter finds many kids killed after DCFS investigations
Christopher Valdez hid underneath a table in terror. The boy must have known that he was no match for his mother’s boyfriend, Cesar Ruiz, who was hunting after him. In a fit of rage, Ruiz thrashed the room. Glass shattered. A telephone flew across the room. The boy’s mother, Crystal, sat in the corner crying.... Read more »

VIDEO: New Chicago Reporter investigation reveals alarming rates of kids killed by caregivers

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Despite the involvement of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, many children die at the hands of their caregivers. Advocates say their deaths could be prevented. The Chicago Reporter investigates in its September/October 2012 issue. Read the full story on Sept. 4 at www.chicagoreporter.com
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Signed Into Law: No more bath salts; employers not allowed to ask for social media passwords

At the end of each session in Springfield, a pile of bills that pass the legislature end up on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk awaiting his signature. We’ll keep track of those that make it into law. Employers blocked from asking for social networking passwords – HB 3782 might let a lot of job applications from... Read more »