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September 26, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The case that exposed shortcomings in Los Angeles County's overburdened criminal justice and child welfare systems reached its conclusion Friday as a judge sentenced a Hollywood man to 21 years to life in prison for beating to death his 2 1/2-year-old son. David Helms, 37, showed no emotion as Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Sandy R. Kriegler handed down the maximum sentence for the 1995 slaying--a crime for which Helms' girlfriend was originally imprisoned.
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July 29, 2001 | Times Wire Reports
A San Jose woman is accused of locking her mentally disabled adult daughter in a wooden shed up to 12 hours a day for as long as two years. Maria Isabel Eugenio, 64, has been arrested on charges of abusing a dependent adult and false imprisonment. She told police she could not afford care for her daughter, Socorro Eugenio, 40. The mother worked at a carwash. She is being held in jail on $50,000 bond while awaiting trial.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1997 | JOHN DART
A new state law requiring clergy to report child abuse--except when they learn about it through confidential confessions--is being welcomed by organized religion as an overdue obligation that also strikes a blow at church cover-ups of sexual molestation by pastors. The law, in effect since Jan.
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August 27, 1999 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 15 years, Dennis Mooney was a foster parent, caring for the emotionally scarred, physically neglected children who were the castoffs of drug addicts, abusers and petty criminals. Seared into his memory is the plight of newborn twin boys severely addicted to the heroin ingested by their mother during pregnancy. Simple feedings, Mooney remembers, took hours as the babies' bodies fought to reject life-sustaining nourishment.
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August 27, 1999 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 15 years, Dennis Mooney was a foster parent, caring for the emotionally scarred, physically neglected children who were the castoffs of drug addicts, abusers and petty criminals. Seared into his memory is the plight of newborn twin boys severely addicted to the heroin ingested by their mother during pregnancy. Simple feedings, Mooney remembers, took hours as the babies' bodies fought to reject life-sustaining nourishment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1998 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Buffeted by reports of troubles in California's child welfare system, state lawmakers are considering an $81-million plan to improve oversight and care for abused, abandoned and delinquent children. Among the areas targeted for attention is the over-medication of some of the 15,000 children housed in the state's network of group homes. A state task force has also proposed an increase in funding for more frequent social worker visits to ensure that children are receiving proper care.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1991 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Religious cult leader Tony Alamo, appearing in a courtroom packed with longtime followers, was ordered Friday to be moved to Arkansas to face charges that he threatened to kidnap and hang a federal judge.
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November 10, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The number of child custody fights have risen sharply in recent years, as have pressures on families and awareness of domestic violence and child abuse, experts said. The number of custody mediation cases jumped 24% over the past three years, according to a new survey by the statewide Office of Family Court Services. "I think more people are suffering," said Larry Lehner, coordinator of a training conference for mediators from throughout the state. "Families are under a great deal of stress."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1991 | TINA ANIMA
Susan Jarreau did not remember being sexually abused until more than 10 years after it happened. By then, she found, there was little she could do about it. Jarreau, 36, of Encino, said she was abused from the age of 6 until she was 14. After the memories surfaced in her early 20s, the wife of singer-songwriter Al Jarreau sought therapy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The case that exposed shortcomings in Los Angeles County's overburdened criminal justice and child welfare systems reached its conclusion Friday as a judge sentenced a Hollywood man to 21 years to life in prison for beating his 2-year-old son to death. David Helms, 37, showed no emotion as Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Sandy R. Kriegler handed down the maximum sentence for the 1995 slaying--a crime for which Helms' girlfriend originally was imprisoned.
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July 28, 1999 | STEPHEN FUZESI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California ranks as one of the worst places in the United States to raise a family and Maine is the best, according to a study released Tuesday by a children's advocacy group. The report by the Children's Rights Council, which was immediately challenged by some experts, used 10 indicators, ranging from the child death rate to the percentage of births to teenagers to determine its rankings.
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September 27, 1998 | MIKE DOWNEY
A woman in a blue dress, Gail Helms, 55, comes forward in a Van Nuys courtroom and takes a seat. She begins to read from a prepared text, nervously. "I am the grandmother of Lance Helms," she says, "and the mother of David Helms. "My daughter and I raised Lance from the time he was 5 days old to the time he was 23 months. He was the center of our lives. "Lance's biological mother went to prison when Lance was 5 months old.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The case that exposed shortcomings in Los Angeles County's overburdened criminal justice and child welfare systems reached its conclusion Friday as a judge sentenced a Hollywood man to 21 years to life in prison for beating his 2-year-old son to death. David Helms, 37, showed no emotion as Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Sandy R. Kriegler handed down the maximum sentence for the 1995 slaying--a crime for which Helms' girlfriend originally was imprisoned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The case that exposed shortcomings in Los Angeles County's overburdened criminal justice and child welfare systems reached its conclusion Friday as a judge sentenced a Hollywood man to 21 years to life in prison for beating to death his 2 1/2-year-old son. David Helms, 37, showed no emotion as Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Sandy R. Kriegler handed down the maximum sentence for the 1995 slaying--a crime for which Helms' girlfriend was originally imprisoned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1998 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Buffeted by reports of troubles in California's child welfare system, state lawmakers are considering an $81-million plan to improve oversight and care for abused, abandoned and delinquent children. Among the areas targeted for attention is the over-medication of some of the 15,000 children housed in the state's network of group homes. A state task force has also proposed an increase in funding for more frequent social worker visits to ensure that children are receiving proper care.
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January 12, 1997 | JOHN DART and LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A new state law requiring clergy to report child abuse--except when they learn about it through confidential confessions--is being welcomed by religious leaders as an overdue obligation that also strikes a blow at church cover-ups of sexual molestation. The law, which went into effect Jan.
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January 12, 1997 | JOHN DART and LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A new state law requiring clergy to report child abuse--except when they learn about it through confidential confessions--is being welcomed by religious leaders as an overdue obligation that also strikes a blow at church cover-ups of sexual molestation. The law, which went into effect Jan.
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October 15, 1993 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alleging that they have been physically and emotionally abused all their lives, two Orange County brothers are attempting to "divorce" their parents in a court action that their attorney says is the first of its kind in California. In a Superior Court lawsuit filed Thursday, the elder brother, who is 15, is seeking to end his relationship with his father and stepmother, claiming that they constantly beat and mistreated him. Family Court Commissioner Richard G.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1997 | JOHN DART
A new state law requiring clergy to report child abuse--except when they learn about it through confidential confessions--is being welcomed by organized religion as an overdue obligation that also strikes a blow at church cover-ups of sexual molestation by pastors. The law, in effect since Jan.
NEWS
January 6, 1996 | MAX VANZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with a tide of child abuse and neglect that leads the nation, California is faltering in trying to grapple with the problem, state researchers reported Friday. Almost half the cases of abuse or neglect reported to authorities result in repeat episodes, often because the counties responsible for checking on reports of a child in danger simply "screen out" the information and do not respond, according to the state legislative analyst's office.
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