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Showing posts with label HARTFORD COURANT. Show all posts
Showing posts with label HARTFORD COURANT. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

HARTFORD COURANT REPORTS JUDICIAL MARSHAL GETS SLAP ON THE WRIST FOR PROMOTING PROSTITUTION, SEXUAL ASSAULT AND TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS!

David Owens of The Hartford Courant reports as follows:
LITCHFIELD -- Former Waterbury judicial marshal Michael A. Connelly was sentenced to one year in prison Tuesday on charges of promoting prostitution, sexual assault and trafficking in persons.
Connelly — brother of the late Waterbury State's Attorney John Connelly — had pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine, meaning he did not admit guilt but conceded that prosecutors had enough evidence for a conviction.
Connelly, 54, received a sentence of 12 years in prison suspended after one year served and five years' probation.
"I'm sorry. I made some bad decisions," Connelly told Superior Court Judge John A. Danaher III. "I won't be back."
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

THE HARTFORD COURANT REPORTS THAT TWO DCF MANAGERS HAVE BEEN FIRED FOR LEAVING TWO YOUNG CHILDREN IN THE CARE OF FOSTER PARENTS KNOWN FOR ABUSING CHILDREN!

JOSH KOVNER OF THE HARTFORD COURANT REPORTS AS FOLLOWS:
"Two managers for the Department of Children and Families have been fired for failing to remove two young children placed with a couple in Plainfield – a husband convicted in the 1990s of raping a child, and a wife who was on the child-abuse registry for a previous DCF case.
Managers Leslie Roy and Linda Lukin, who worked in the Willimantic regional office, were fired Monday, according to records obtained Tuesday by The Courant. Discipline is pending against a third DCF employee in the Willimantic office, state sources said.
Despite receiving a complaint on DCF's child-abuse hotline last spring from someone concerned about the safety of the two children, and then learning about the Plainfield couple's background, caseworkers never removed the children. Four months went by before the director of the regional DCF office learned of the situation and had the two children — a 1-year-old and an infant — taken out of the home, DCF officials said. The children were not harmed.
The Plainfield couple had been seeking guardianship of the children, apparently because of abuse or neglect on the part of the children's biological parents..."
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

THE HARTFORD COURANT REPORTS CT USES EXCESSIVE AMOUNT OF SECLUSION AND RESTRAINTS WITH SCHOOL CHILDREN!

The Hartford Courant reports as follows:
 
"A 4-year-old boy identified with a developmental delay was physically restrained by school staff after he "threw (puzzle) pieces on the floor and across the room" while playing with a puzzle on a classroom rug.
 
An elementary school student was put into seclusion after "swinging her coat at staff."
 
These are among hundreds of incidents — deemed "emergencies" by school personnel — that warranted restraining and isolating preschool and elementary school students in Connecticut last year. A new report by the state Office of the Child Advocate raises "significant concern" regarding the frequency with which young children with autism and other disabilities are restrained or secluded; lapses in documentation or actual compliance with state laws; and the prevalence of "unidentified and unmet educational needs for children subject to forceful or isolative measures."
 
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

THE HARTFORD COURANT REPORTS DCF'S JOETTE KATZ WINS ENDORSEMENT DESPITE CRITICISMS!

The Hartford Courant reports,
 
"Two Republican senators roundly criticized her leadership, but Joette Katz held firm against independent oversight and at the end of a long afternoon was unanimously endorsed in a bi-partisan vote of the legislature's nominating committee for a second term as child-protection commissioner.
 
In a state that has seen an increase in infant fatalities, advocates have increasingly called for an independent ombudsman for the sprawling, $800 million-a-year Department of Children and Families, which remains under federal oversight..."
 
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Monday, January 12, 2015

DCF TAKES CONNECTICUT TEEN INTO CUSTODY BECAUSE SHE REQUESTED A SECOND OPINION REGARDING HER MEDICAL CARE!

In Cassandra's own words, from her "Hartford Courant" Op-Ed,


"Over the past 17 years, I have lived a good life. It has always just been me and my mom and all of our pets. My mom raised me well, to be a strong, competent and independent woman. She taught me right from wrong and always led me in the right direction, standing by my side through every decision I made. I wouldn't have my strength, determination and motivation if it weren't for my mom. She played the role of a mom and a dad, and she did a damn good job!

Words cannot describe what my life has become over the last few months. "Horrifying" seems like an understatement. What I have been going through is traumatizing. Never did it cross my mind that one day I would be diagnosed with cancer. In September, after a stressful summer of blood work, examinations and biopsies, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

My mom and I wanted to make sure my diagnosis was correct, so we agreed to seek a second opinion. We wanted to be 100 percent sure I had cancer. Apparently, going for the second opinion and questioning doctors was considered "wasting time" and "not necessary." My mom was reported to the Department of Children and Families for medical neglect because we weren't meeting the doctors' time standard."

For more information on this issue, please click on the link below:
http://www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc-op-cassandra-my-body-my-life-0109-20150108-story.html