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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1991
Recent media coverage of events related to the San Diego County Department of Social Services could give one the view that the department is riddled with inefficiency, mean-spiritedness and embezzlement without end. On the one hand, a small group of former county welfare workers have been accused of stealing tens of thousands of welfare dollars through fraudulent use of a system well known to them. On the other hand, Child Protective Services workers have been attacked as a group of child-snatchers determined to break up homes and families to satisfy some bureaucratic rule or other.
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January 21, 1992 | From Associated Press
The reigning Mrs. America was under investigation Monday for welfare fraud by the San Diego County Department of Social Services, according to a newspaper report. Jill Scott, 32, who hastily terminated her welfare payments Friday, was being investigated for allegedly cheating the state system, according to anonymous sources cited in Monday's San Diego Tribune. Officials of the department's Welfare Fraud Division would not confirm the report.
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December 30, 1988 | BEVERLY BEYETTE
For Robert and Pamela (P. J.) Moses of Lake Oswego, Ore., Christmas, 1988, brought peace of mind. On. Dec. 6, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the last challenge to the adoption of their daughter, Katie, 7, in a widely publicized case focusing on the rights of unwed fathers. "It was a new beginning," P. J. Moses said. "Everybody felt a relief. There was a lot of settling in as a family, trying to realign everything."
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February 10, 1989 | PATRICK McDONNELL, Times Staff Writer
Baby Marcos is going home. To Tijuana. With a little last-minute help from a San Diego television reporter. The 16-month-old child, who was discovered among a carload of smuggled illegal aliens and whose identity remained unknown for almost eight months, was turned over Thursday to the custody of his paternal grandfather, Rene Fernando Herrera, a Tijuana tile worker and taco-stand owner. The move, authorities say, follows an extensive background investigation of the grandfather's home by U. S.
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January 10, 1989 | PATRICK McDONNELL, Times Staff Writer
U. S. authorities said Monday that Baby Marcos, the unidentified infant discovered almost eight months ago amid a group of smuggled aliens at the U.S.-Mexican border, is a U. S. citizen whose undocumented, drug-using parents apparently abandoned him. The infant's identity and that of his parents were determined after his paternal grandfather, Rene Herrera Perez of Tijuana, came forward after seeing pictures of the child in the Mexican media, according to the U. S.
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August 16, 1988 | SHARI R. MICHELS, Times Staff Writer
The accidental drowning of two Cambodian girls in the San Diego River on Sunday has prodded the Police Department to decide to quickly create a pamphlet in three Indochinese languages warning of the river's dangers and outlining proper emergency and rescue procedures. The morning after a family outing turned into tragedy, police decided to put together a pamphlet in Cambodian, Laotian and Hmong in hopes of preventing accidents.
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January 25, 1992 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mrs. America pageant officials said Friday they will stand by the reigning queen despite a welfare fraud investigation--as long as she stays married. Jill Scott, the reigning Mrs. America, canceled her monthly welfare payments last week after it was disclosed that she is under investigation for cheating the system--an allegation that her attorney has denied. Scott has also separated from her husband, who is living in Scottsdale, Ariz. She lives in Coronado. The Mrs.
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December 9, 1988 | JENIFER WARREN, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County woman pleaded guilty Thursday, under an agreement with prosecutors, to abandoning her young, mute daughter in a La Jolla department store earlier this year. San Diego Municipal Judge Jesus Rodriguez allowed Karen Amy May, 37, of Anaheim, to remain free on $5,000 bail pending her sentencing Jan. 31 on one felony count of child abandonment. Deputy Dist. Atty. Catherine A.
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March 9, 1990 | FRANKI V. RANSOM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The public's help has been requested in helping find the parents of a young boy who was found crying and sitting on a curb in downtown San Diego on Feb. 26. At a press conference at the San Diego County Department of Social Services, the 25-pound, 30-inch-tall boy sat on a table in front of department employees. He was dressed in a black shirt and dark sweat pants, and showed no signs of physical abuse as he played with a green and yellow toy truck while smiling and posing for the media.
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April 12, 1985 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
The embattled director of Los Angeles County's new Department of Children's Services resigned Thursday in the face of mounting pressure from the Board of Supervisors. Under an agreement approved by the board, Lola Hobbs, who was named to head the department only six months ago, will be paid $37,300, about six months' salary. The resignation, which ended weeks of closed-door board sessions and speculation on Hobbs' future, was effective immediately.
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