Teri Hatcher Talks About Childhood Abuse

“I was convinced it was my fault and I blamed myself for what had happened, so I didn’t tell anyone and I was silent,” said Teri Hatcher, weeping quietly as she spoke at a recent United Nations event commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Hatcher was discussing the years of Read More »

CPS at fault for Jamarion Lawhorn's situation

In the wake of the tragically fatal playground stabbing of Conner Verkerke by abused and tormented 12-year-old Jamarion Lawhorn, there has been much scrutiny of the way that CPS workers handle families in which there are substantiated instances of abuse. Changes are now underway across the state to ensure that all CPS case workers follow Read More »

Port Huron First Degree Child Abuse

Charlisa Wood, the 22-year-old woman from Port Huron who was arrested in August on child abuse and torture charges, has been found guilty on all counts by a jury after an emotional and sometimes horrifying trial. Authorities say that while the abuse was an ongoing reality for the 4-year-old victim, no one knew about it Read More »

Michigan Asks for Oversight of Child Welfare System to End

The Department of Human Services (DHS) filed a motion last week asking a federal judge to end court-ordered oversight of Michigan’s child welfare and foster care system. After millions of dollars have been spent over its six year duration, DHS wants oversight to end due to the level of progress made so far. DHS officials Read More »

CPS: Terrifying Facts and Heartbreaking Realities

In 1990, Brenda Scott, an author with a degree in law enforcement and criminology, wrote a rather frightening book entitled “Out of Control: Who’s Watching Our Child Protection Agencies”. In it she addressed some very disturbing facts regarding conspiracies and malpractice issues within the very institutions put in place to protect our nation’s children from Read More »

Protecting Children from Abduction and Abuse

What NOT to share on Facebook You love your kids, we understand – we love ours too!  And what parent doesn’t want to share those goofy get-ups, hysterical antics, and sweet-as-sugar moments of tenderness that make up part of everyday life with children. But the truth is that the internet is enormous, and you have Read More »

Warren Man Faces First-Degree Child Abuse Charge

Questions have emerged surrounding the timing and validity of accusations aimed at a man for abusing his infant son. After a preliminary exam last week, James Maglinger was bound over to Macomb Circuit Court.  He faces a first-degree child abuse charge with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Maglinger allegedly hurt his infant in 2013. Read More »

Director of DHS: State Foster Care System Getting Better

Recently, the director of the Michigan Department of Human Services, Maura Corrigan, wrote in response to a column in the Detroit News about the current state of the foster care system. November is National Adoption Month. Nearly four years ago, she was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to run the DHS because the state was Read More »

Grand Traverse Second Degree Child Abuse Plea

30-year-old Joseph Douglas Franks has pled guilty to second degree child abuse, which is a 10-year felony under Michigan law, for the role he played in a heartbreaking domestic situation that took place in his Long Lake Township home. Franks and his girlfriend, 27-year-old Andrea Ashley Limon, are the infamous northern Michigan couple who were Read More »

Abuse Allegations- What Happens Next?

Someone has accused you, or someone you love, of abusing a child. You are absolutely stunned. You have no idea what to do, or what happens next with these abuse allegations. We can help you with both of those concerns. As to what you should do next, the answer is call us immediately! But the Read More »

Vegan Mom Wins Child Custody Battle

Sarah Markham, a young mother from Casselberry in Florida, just regained custody of her infant son after a five month period during which time her little boy was a ward of the state. He was taken from her care at the tender age of two weeks because Markham disagreed with her pediatrician’s assessment of his Read More »

Indian Child Welfare Issues Reviewed at Judicial Forum

Recently, a Michigan judicial forum met in Petoskey to consider Indian child welfare issues. Over this past summer, the Michigan Supreme Court created the Michigan Tribal State Judicial Forum, which is the very first of its type to convene since the early 1990′s. A main purpose of the meeting was to adopt a charter outlining Read More »

Falsely Accused Couple Awarded Millions

Thal and Julian Wendrow, the West Bloomfield couple whose lives and family were torn apart by false allegations of sexual abuse by their autistic daughter, Aislinn, were awarded $3 million dollars by a jury for defamation and violation of their civil rights. While the amount granted to the Wendrows wasn’t quite what Deborah Gordon, their Read More »

Detroit Torture and First Degree Murder

Couple Facing Charges After Malnourished Boy Dies Immanuel Foster, a 7-year-old boy from Detroit, died at Henry Ford Hospital on October 24th. His body was covered in bruises and abrasions, which the medical examiner says are consistent with abuse, and he was suffering from malnourishment. At the time of his death, he weighed only 27 Read More »

Custody Deal Means No Trial for Navy Dad

After a lengthy period of negotiations, Angela Hindes’ attorney announced to the court that the petition for a change in custody regarding her daughter was being withdrawn. Apparently this comes as a result of a new agreement between Angela Hindes and her ex husband, U.S. Navy Petty Officer Matthew Hindes, who have been engaged in Read More »

No Signs of Abuse says Guardian Ad Litem

In May of 2010, the Huron Intermediate School District filed a complaint claiming that minor children were being educationally neglected by 65-year-old Karen S. Tolin and her 66-year-old husband, Timothy E. Tolin. As a result, Gerald Prill who is a practicing attorney and just won the election for 52nd Circuit Court Judge in Huron County, Read More »

2-Year-Old Found During Methamphetamine Bust

For many officers, the single most difficult aspect of dealing with drug houses is when there are children involved. And the recent meth lab bust in Almena Township conducted by the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit was no exception. On October 21st, a narcotics search warrant was issued for a home in the Read More »

Detroit Mother Charged With Child Neglect After Shooting

According to the Penfield Children’s Center, there are firearms in about one-third of all U.S. homes where children live, which makes them a very high risk and costly lesson in cause-and-effect for young children They also say that the most common age for a child to accidentally shoot themselves is at age three, and that Read More »

MI Attorney General Charges Toviave With Child Abuse

Jean-Claude Toviave, the 45-year-old U of M janitor whose federal child slavery conviction was recently overturned, has just been hit with a whole slew of new charges that could land him in prison for years if convicted. U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow may not have known it at the time, but on the day in Read More »

It's Child Abuse, But Not Human Trafficking

According to U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow, when addressing U of M janitor Jean-Claude Toviave at his recent sentencing hearing, “You got a huge break Mr. Toviave. I trust that you’ve learned your lesson as to your form of quote unquote, ‘discipline.’ “ The huge break that the judge was referring to was the fact Read More »

Missing Abuse Victims Found Safe In Florida

A mother and her five children from Cheboygan were recently reported missing in the midst of an investigation, after she reported her husband to authorities for physical, verbal and mental abuse. But while the story here has a happy ending of a sort, it also contains a classic example of what psychologists call “traumatic bonding” Read More »

Government on Trial for False Accusations

It has been almost seven years since Julian and Thal Wendrow were arrested and charged with child abuse and the rape of a minor. According to court records, it all began when their autistic daughter typed up a statement while at school, using a method known as facilitated communication. Now the highly publicized civil trial Read More »

Fowlerville Mother Charged In Florida Baby Death

Kylee Jean Copeland, a 24-year-old mother originally from Fowlerville who now lives in Lakeland, Florida, recently pled guilty and was sentenced in a Polk County Courtroom to 15 years in prison for the 2011 death of her infant daughter, Nataley Jade Agee. According to court records, Copeland called 911 on September 25th, 2011 after her Read More »

6-Year-Old Gets STD and Man Gets Arrested

While doctors are accustomed to treating sexually transmitted diseases in adults, it is a rare and rather horrifying experience to treat one in a child. But that was indeed the case for a doctor in Muskegon County. A 6-year-old girl was diagnosed with an STD. The findings were reported to authorities. According to Muskegon County Read More »

White Cloud Abandoned Baby

Teen Father Seeking Custody Tomas Coxsen, the 16-year-old teenager whose newborn baby daughter was found abandoned by the 15-year-old mother on a roadside in White Cloud, has come forward to say that he would like custody of his child. Tomas and his mother, Lorie Coxson, appeared in court recently in the hopes of furthering their Read More »

Muskegon Infanticide Trial

Jurors Quickly Arrive at a Verdict In the highly emotional Muskegon infanticide trial of Anthony Casanova, the 41-year-old man accused of murdering his 10-week-old son, jurors heard testimonies from both sides: Casanova’s mother, who wept and spoke of how kind he was and how much he loved his children, and Dr. Joyce deJong, the Muskegon Read More »

Muskegon Unattended Infant

High School Coach Pleads Guilty Taushauna Shanae Burrel, the Muskegon High School girls basketball coach, stands accused of leaving her infant in a car unattended while she went shopping. Although the child suffered no injuries and was not harmed in any way, authorities felt that there was enough concern over this unattended infant incident that Read More »

Washtenaw Child Abuse Conviction

Ypsilanti Man Found Guilty Vannareth Katmanivong, the 39-year-old Ypsilanti Township resident who caused permanent brain damage to his 6-month-old son last year, was found guilty of second degree child abuse by a jury of his peers. This Washtenaw child abuse case was initially charged as first degree child abuse, as a result of slamming the Read More »

Detroit Beating Death of 3-Year-Old

Police and CPS Investigation Ongoing Detroit Police and CPS are currently investigating the beating death of a 3-year-old girl who was brought to the Henry Ford Medical Center by her mother, about 9 pm last Thursday. According to police, the little girl’s 24-year-old mother and her 33-year-old boyfriend drove from the home where they were Read More »

Grand Rapids Child Kidnapping

Kent County Jury Finds Woman “Not Guilty” “What she had in mind is a mystery to me, and a mystery we may never be able to resolve.” said Kent County Circuit Court Judge Donald A. Johnston, when discussing the defendant who was just cleared of child kidnapping charges by a jury. Johnston, who has accrued Read More »

Threatening CPS Workers Not a Good Idea

Federal Judge Sends Man to Prison 32-year-old Jason Paul Arnold has been sentenced to serve 5 years in prison after he threatened to start “World War III” with Child Protective Services workers who were in the process of removing his children from his custody. According to police records, Arnold threatened the CPS workers as they Read More »

Saginaw County: Elijah Dillard Update

Mother Loses Parental Rights To All Children Mio Campbell, the 31-year-old mother of deceased Elijah Dillard, has lost her parental rights to her other three children. On Wednesday, July 23rd, Saginaw County Probate Judge Faye Harrison terminated Campbell’s parental rights to her daughters, telling her “You were all they had!” but that she had “entirely Read More »

Ottawa County CPS Petition Denied

Grand Haven Mother Found Innocent A CPS petition to remove three little girls from the custody of their parent’s home in Grand Haven was recently denied. A jury found their mother not guilty of improper supervision after a three day trial in Ottawa County Family Court. Steve Wagasky, the biological father of the youngest child, Read More »

Detroit Missing Boy

Hiding Because Of Overly Harsh Discipline? On June 16th, 12-year-old Charlie Bouthell V was reported missing by his father. An extensive search was mounted involving local police, FBI and friends and family members. Charlie, who was missing for 11 days and suspected dead, was found a few days ago hiding in his father’s basement. Police Read More »

CPS Supervision Tragedy

Child Dies While Under CPS Supervision We often write about the incompetence of the CPS system/workers.  In the case of a 4-year-old Manhattan boy, if CPS would have followed their own policy, they could have prevented his tragic death.  In mid-December of 2013, the father of Myls Dobson left the boy in the care of Read More »

Kalamazoo Parental Rights Termination

Kalamazoo Parental Rights Decision Delayed According to Jonetta Woods, she is ready to take on the responsibilities of parenting her 6-year-old daughter. But the Michigan Department of Human Services and Assistant Prosecutor Ramie Almeda are both hoping for a termination of Woods’ parental rights. Presiding Judge Patricia N. Conlon chose again to delay the ruling, Read More »

Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

Some CPS Workers Think This is The Law As an attorney I spend countless hours on the phone explaining Statutes, Case Law, Policies etc. Often lay people have a difficult time understanding different aspects pertaining to their case. However when I am dealing with professionals I expect that they know and understand the laws and Read More »

Medical Marijuana and Children's Protective Services

Should CPS Make a Change in Policy? Despite the fact that the federal government has completely prohibited marijuana, medical or otherwise, there are now 20 states, including Michigan, that have approved marijuana for medical purposes. There are also 17 states that have effectively “decriminalized” the possession of small quantities of marijuana for personal use. But Read More »

MI Supreme Court Strikes "One-Parent" Doctrine

The Michigan Supreme Court has struck down a doctrine that has been infringing on the rights of parents for over 70 years. The “one-parent” doctrine has long frustrated parents involved in the CPS system due to the fact that it often denies one parent the opportunity to have a trial on whether or not he Read More »

Michigan Child Abuse and Manslaughter

Howell Woman Pleads Guilty To Charges 22-year-old Chelsie Lenee Marme of Fowlerville, MI, pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter and second degree child abuse recently, in a plea deal that calls for the judge to not issue a sentence that exceeds the middle of the state’s recommended guidelines. According to court records, Marme and her boyfriend, Read More »

Interviews During Child Abuse Investigations

Michigan House Approves McMillin Legislation In a unanimous vote, the Michigan House recently approved new legislation that would provide protection for Michigan children and families during abuse investigations. According to state Rep. Tom McMillin, the new law will require that anyone conducting interviews of children during the course of an abuse investigation, must record those Read More »

CPS Central Registry Removal

Successful Litigation for Two Clients Kronzek & Cronkright, PLLC takes the Constitutional Right to parent one’s children very seriously.  In Michigan, parents can be placed on the Children’s Protective Services (CPS) Central Registry for life without prior notice or a hearing on the merits of the case.  Parents receive notice only after they’ve been placed Read More »

Lansing Murder Suicide Orphans 6-Year-Old Boy

Children’s Protective Services Called  In the early hours of the morning on May 29th, neighbors woke up to the sound of a weeping child in the street. The little boy was a 6-year-old resident of Lansing’s southside. Neighbors who found him called 911, unsure of what was wrong or why he was roaming the streets Read More »

Identity Theft: Foster Care Children Vulnerable

Foster Care Children Easy Prey For Identity Thieves Identity theft is a very real concern for many people these days. As technological advances allow for more and more data collection and storage online, the ability to access that information illegally and use it for personal gain increases too. Thousands of people worldwide can tell you Read More »

Woman Pleads Guilty To Child Abuse Charge

Toddler Left Out In The Cold Dana Toader, a 33-year-old artist and college instructor from Comstock Park, MI recently pled guilty to a misdemeanor child abuse charge.  The plea stems from Toader having left her 2-year-old child unattended in a vehicle while she was shopping. On February 13th, people noticed that a very young child Read More »

Jackson Man's Drunk Driving Results In Assault and Third Degree Child Abuse Charges

CPS Removes Three-Year-Old Boy From Father’s Care Jeffrey Salyers, a 53-year-old resident of Jackson, MI, has been charged with the felony of third degree child abuse and three assault misdemeanors, all of them a result of his decision to drink and then drive. According to Terry Rose, the 64-year-old man who became unwittingly involved, the Read More »

CPS Investigates Grand Blanc, MI Catholic Priest

“Inappropriate Touching” Subject of Investigation Father Ken Coughlin, a Catholic priest from Grand Blanc, MI, is being investigated by the Michigan office of Children’s Protective Services (CPS) regarding an allegation made of inappropriate touching. According to statements released by The Catholic Diocese of Lansing, and by the Grand Blanc City Police Department, the abuse allegations Read More »

Michigan Parents Face Possible Termination of Parental Rights for Remaining Children

Already Facing Murder Charges in Death of Son Mio Campbell and Aki Dillard, parents of a deceased 6-year-old boy, Elijah Dillard, are currently facing murder charges for the death of their son. They are now also faced with the potential termination of parental rights for their other three surviving children. The children are in state Read More »

Termination of Parental Rights in Michigan

Termination of Parental Rights: How does it happen and what does it really mean? Termination of parental rights in Michigan means the complete and total severance of the parent-child relationship. It is absolute and permanent. A parent loses not just the right to care for and raise their child, but the right to maintain a relationship Read More »

Why Did My Child's Teacher Contact CPS?

A Closer Look at Michigan’s Mandatory Reporter Law Our office often receives phone calls from frustrated and upset parents after their child’s teacher, daycare provider, or physician has contacted CPS and made an allegation of abuse or neglect. This often happens before a parent is even given a chance to explain the suspicious behavior, marks Read More »

Older Entries »