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  • Exploding Gas Tank Cover-Up

    CBS News exposes a secret deal between government agencies and the auto industry to deal with a gas tank issue that put the drivers of certain popular vehicles at risk and was responsible for the deaths of children.
  • True Confessions—Father Edward Fitz-Henry and the Diocese of Monterey

    The Diocese of Monterey for nearly 30 years kept a priest in a position where he could have access to children after promising one mother who says he molested her children in 1990 they would keep him away from children for the rest of his career. In 2011, a then-teenage boy claimed the priest molested him in 2005; the priest remained in that parish even after the mother from the 1990 incidents wrote the bishop a letter asking why the promise had been broken. A former cop hired by the diocese to investigate gave sworn testimony there are likely more victims in the community.
  • Criminals: Off the Record

    In an age of instantaneous information, people take it for granted that criminals will not be allowed to work in sensitive jobs caring for children, the disabled and the elderly. But that is not the case – at least not in Ohio; 10 Investigates in a joint investigation with the Columbus Dispatch, uncovered problems within the state’s criminal background check system that are so severe they have repeatedly allowed criminals to work as care takers, educators, and foster parents. http://www.10tv.com/content/sections/community/10investigates/index.html
  • Speaking up for Special Needs

    Investigation found an alarming number of children with disabilities in Wisconsin are dying from abuse or neglect, despite repeated calls to child protective service agencies. Our reporting found cases would be closed or not fully investigated when victims, who had disabilities, had a hard time communicating or couldn’t speak clearly. https://youtu.be/TOivj3kuc7c
  • Hope and Heartbreak

    They traveled from across the country. A farmer's wife. A lawyer. A chiropractor. Seven women who seemed to have very little in common. But when we started filming their interview, what they shared became painfully obvious. A sense of grief and broken trust. All of them, they told us, were victims of "the cruelest con." Adoption fraud. https://vimeo.com/151819415
  • Deadly Delay: Children at Risk

    For more than 30 years, industry executives and government regulators have known something that few parents realized: that despite lots of newspaper articles and broadcast consumer reports major American stores continued to sell a product that has claimed the lives hundreds of American children and injured thousands more. Window blinds with cords. This ABC News investigation examined the reasons behind a thirty year delay by the industry and the government in addressing the hidden household danger. http://video-cdn.abcnews.com/160111_ire_deadly.mp4
  • Out of the Shadows

    At least 110 Massachusetts children died of abuse- and neglect-related causes between 2009 and 2013. One in three of them had been under the watch of the state Department of Children and Families – whose mission includes preventing such tragedies. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting spent 10 months examining details of these children’s short lives and deaths, revealing systemic problems and prompting quick action by state officials. http://necir.org/out-of-the-shadows/ http://features.necir.org/justice-denied-life-death
  • Helpless & Hooked: The most vulnerable victims of America’s opioid epidemic

    A federal law requiring states to develop plans to protect children born dependent on drugs is routinely being ignored. As a consequence, Reuters found, babies and toddlers are dying preventable deaths, not because of the opioids in their systems but because they are sent to unsafe homes. We identified 110 children whose mothers used opioids during pregnancy and who died after being released to parents ill-equipped to care for them.
  • Child Predators in the Military

    Over six months of reporting, including filing numerous federal Freedom of Information Act requests and appeals to unearth details of scores of cases, The Associated Press found that the largest category of criminals in the military prison system are in for sex crimes against children. It also found that harsh sentences announced publicly were substantially reduced under plea agreements that were not routinely disclosed, and that military proceedings are opaque compared with the degree of openness of civilian courts. The lack of transparency made accessing the records needed for this story a significant challenge. http://www.sfgate.com/news/item/AP-interactive-Military-child-sex-assaults-48405.php
  • Out of Control: Inmate violence at state-run Martin Girls Academy has local staff, taxpayers paying

    Treasure Coast Newspapers’ reporter Melissa E. Holsman began investigating Martin Girls Academy after hearing from prosecutors, defense attorneys and others concerned with the sometimes brutal violence being reported at the facility since it opened in 2008. Records detail multiple assaults victimizing youth and, more often, employees. The monthslong research included reviewing hundreds of arrest and assault documents, juvenile justice reports, Department of Children and Families abuse records, videos capturing assaults at the complex and personal interviews with current and former staff, attorneys and state officials. Melissa found such a high level of violence within the facility that it is a safety hazard to employees and to the girls themselves. The violence also is costing Martin County taxpayers thousands of dollars annually.