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  • Death of Elijah LaJeuness

    This investigative story chronicles the troubling and tragic death of three year old Elijah LaJeuness. WBAL-TV in Baltimore, Maryland, obtained hundreds of pages of documents through public information requests filed with the Howard County Police Department and the Howard County Department of Social Services. For months, I-Team reporter, Deborah Weiner, and producers poured over the documents which revealed that up until the day he died, Elijah’s safety and well-being were supposed to be monitored by Child Protective Services. The story of his still unsolved murder, chronicles a failure to protect this little boy who died in his own home. http://www.wbaltv.com/tv/about/death-of-elijah-lajeuness/37380942
  • SCDSS: The System Failed

    A News19 report on a 4 year old boy named Robert Guinyard Jr., who despite multiple reports of abuse, died in state care, put the spotlight on former South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) State Director Lillian Koller. Our investigation found multiple instances where policy says DSS should have stepped in. It would take the agency two months to publicly admit to a Senate Oversight Committee that policies were not followed in the case. The DSS Deputy State Director for Child Protective Services told us, “the system failed Robert.” News 19 reported at least 36 stories about DSS in 2014 on-air, online, and on mobile platforms. Our investigation led to the resignation of the agency’s State Director, policy changes in the Child Protective Services division, and increased funding to an understaffed guardian ad litum group that advocates for kids in state custody.
  • House of Horrors

    This series follows the devastating facts of the death of a 10-year-old girl and the abuse of her twin brother and how child welfare workers failed to notice the warning signs until it was too late.
  • The System Failed Us

    A young boy's abuse-related death could have been prevented, according to this investigation. The author finds that more than 25 percent of doctors who believe a child's injuries are abuse-related choose not to report them to child protective services.
  • Children In Crisis

    “Kentucky leads the nation in its rate of children who die from neglect or abuse”. Many people missed the warning signs of abuse and these include social workers, family members, health professionals, and day care workers. Another factor into the problem was budget cuts, which wear down a system meant to protect children.
  • Failing the Children: Deadly Mistakes

    "In May 2007, authorities found 7-year old Chandler Grafner starved to death in a closet. He showed signs of long-term abuse. His guardians, Jon Phillips and Sarah Berry, were convicted of murder. In covering the story, KMGH-TV investigative reporter John Ferrugia attempted to determine the extent of the the Denver Department of Human Services' involvement with the family... Ferrugia and the KMGH investigative team consistently obtained internal documents to expose a system fraught with incompetence, lack of oversight, poor management and ineffective training... In short, a system that left children at risk."
  • Unprotected: An Investigation o Sacramento County's Child Protective Services

    A dozen years after the 1996 torture-death of one boy triggered major reforms within Sacramento County's Child Protective Services, -- and resulted in a quadrupling of the agency's budget and doubling of its staff -- many of the same problems persist in 2008. The Sacramento Bee found that, despite the massive increase in resources, numerous children continue to be injured or killed who had prior involvement with Sacramento's CPS. Among the problems detailed by The Bee: inadequate supervision and training, sloppy investigations, poor evaluation of children's risk, lack of accountability for serious mistakes. In its follow-up stories, which prompted a grand jury investigation, The Bee used a new state law related to child deaths to push CPS to release case files and found it had illegally altered the records of one boy who died in their care.
  • Potent Pills: Foster Children and Mood Altering drugs

    "While Monroe Country NY has a foster care medical clinic that is considered a national model, our research showed an alarming increase in the prescription of psychotropic medications to foster children in the county."
  • What went wrong?

    "Police say Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Quiroz murdered his infant son. But confidential records - obtained through a court order by The Fresno Bee - show that authorities might have saved the baby" had they followed procedures.
  • Failure to protect

    This series reveals cases of neglect and abuse in state-sanctioned foster homes and that Indiana has crossed the federally allowable limit for such cases. Exposing dangerous conditions to which the children were subject, the series highlights particular instances of malnourishment and sexual assualt that have proved fatal. Finally, the stories raises questions about confidentiality rules adopted by these foster homes.