Stillstruggling's picture

O/T-you have got to be kidding me

Today in our local paper, I stumbled across a very short article detailing a child abuse/endangerment case.

As the story goes, a caregiver of a 1 year old reported that somewhere in the last 8 days that the child was scratched by a cat and received a 1/2 scratch. This is actually being investigated by DCFS and the police.

I was so extremely puzzled when I read this. When my SS10, then 7, came back from BM's house with welts on his ass from her BF spanking him we got the most incompetent caseworker ever and the state's attorney wouldn't press charges. We still, 3 years later, have not even received a copy of the report after numerous written requests. I'm not against spanking, but it was clearly abusive. It's one of those times where I can say that the system failed.

But they're investigating a cat scratch?

We have 4 cats in our house, they all still have their claws. Everyone at one time or another has been scratched by them accidentally. BD7 got scratched on her face today when she was playing with the kitten. I'm sure her scratch is more than 1/2 inch. I would be furious if DCFS showed up at my house over that.

There has to be more to the story...right?

JayRay's picture

I wonder if the parents have

I wonder if the parents have been on the radar before. It could be the policy of DCFS office that they need to do a full investigation of every call they get. I don't think they are THAT incompetent....

Why would the caregiver call CPS when the child gets a scratch? That's odd...

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Stillstruggling's picture

I have called DCFS before and

I have called DCFS before and from my understanding they don't investigate every call. I have to wonder if there is some hidden reason as to why the person called. It never said who exactly they were investigating, but my guess is that if this is simply about one scratch the person that reported it has a grudge.

twoviewpoints's picture

That actually doesn't

That actually doesn't surprise me. For one, if this is a licensed caregiver her/his license could be in jeopardy. Secondly, it's on the child's face (doesn't say where on face, but blurb said face). By the eye? The mouth? It doesn't say.

DCFS in Illinois would "investigate" if reported. Cat scratch disease came to my mind. There is a lengthy section in the standard language and yes, animals in the facility is included.

MorriMom's picture

There probably is, although I

There probably is, although I have no idea why the newspaper would bother reporting what is likely only a fraction of the story. When BM reported us to CPS, she included that one of the boys was coming home with scratches on him from the cat.

Now I knew for a damn fact that the cat NEVER went and attacked people. 100% positive. Nor was it left alone with the kids as we were always around when they were visiting.

The kid never told us the cat scratched him, yet he ran home and told mommy? Hmm.

Trust me, I was furious to see it put on the report.

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DaizyDuke's picture

Good grief, BS7 has a cat

Good grief, BS7 has a cat scratch somewhere on his body on pretty much any given day of the week. He's a 7 year old boy, who likes to tote the cats around, and a couple of the cats make sure he knows they don't like it. He currently has a scratch on his face and two on his wrist I believe.

I mean the kid is one, but still, I can't believe CPS even took this hotline and I can't believe that someone would waste a caseworker's valuable time for something so stupid when there are MANY kids out there being beaten and burned and starved and TRULY abused. Unless like someone above said there have been many more issues and we just aren't getting the whole picture?

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advice.only's picture

It depends on where the cat

It depends on where the cat scratch is, if it's near the eye area or on the face, then yes it could be a very serious issue. Also cat scratches can become infected and swell and cause a lot of problems.

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MorriMom's picture

Is it a sign of child abuse

Is it a sign of child abuse if a kid manages to get scratched there?

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advice.only's picture

I wouldn't say abuse, but

I wouldn't say abuse, but possibly negligence? I don't know the details as the OP only gave a little bit. I do know for a fact though that cat scratches can be very serious.

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MorriMom's picture

Unless it is a serious wound

Unless it is a serious wound or there are bite/puncture marks, I think the whole "OMG the kitty scratched my baby" thing is an out of control go-to method for starting sh!t.

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JayRay's picture

RIGHT?! Judging by some of

RIGHT?! Judging by some of the things that warrant a full blown investigation these days, my parents would have been thrown in jail. I had all sorts of bumps and scratches growing up, because I played outside and was an active child. And my cat scratched me a few times (in the face too) because I was a little asshole that kept bothering it.

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uofarkchick's picture

Same here. In elementary, I

Same here. In elementary, I actually walked to my house after school, used my own key, and stayed there by myself until 5pm. My parents would probably still be rotting in jail.

My kid's teacher is mandated by the state to count the number of bruises and scratches on each child daily. I'm surprised the SWAT team hasn't broken down my door.

JayRay's picture

OMG that is NUTS! It's

OMG that is NUTS! It's frivolous crap like that that takes away the resources from the kids that are truely in a bad situation and need help. I remember reading a story about a special needs child that was being abused and starved by his father. CPS came out, said they would investigate further but never did and the kid died. But I can rest easy knowing they do investigations of every cat scratch!

I stayed home alone from the time I was ten. Before that my sister and I would be home alone (so when I was 6 she was 10), we would have been stuck in foster homes had that happened today, even though there are no laws in most states about when you can leave a child alone.

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MorriMom's picture

Same here. My parents were

Same here. My parents were incredibly "neglectful" by today's standards. One time we *gasp* walked two blocks to the park... BY OURSELVES... Our parents even gave us permission to do it!!!

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uofarkchick's picture

Oh, the horror! Shame on

Oh, the horror! Shame on your parents for teaching you how to be self reliant.

MorriMom's picture

Sometimes we had to get

Sometimes we had to get ourselves off the bus and make our own snacks after school. I carry the emotional scars to this day...

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JayRay's picture

I would sometimes make myself

I would sometimes make myself a sandwich and use a BUTTER KNIFE unsupervised! Jawdropping!

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uofarkchick's picture

I used to operate a

I used to operate a microwave! To heat up a hot dog!

MorriMom's picture

When I was 10... I... Learned

When I was 10... I... Learned how to make myself pancakes!!!!

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Stillstruggling's picture

I'm waiting for them to come

I'm waiting for them to come visit me then. I let them use the microwave, toaster, and butter knifes Shocked

uofarkchick's picture

Next thing you know, you'll

Next thing you know, you'll be encouraging them to do their own laundry. Some people....

Tuff Noogies's picture

wow. thank goodness i'm an

wow. thank goodness i'm an adult - i have many scratches and scars all up and down my arms (the squirrels use me as the "mommy tree"). i also have a lovely permanent scar on my upper lip from when i was a kid and decided to try to throw the cat up in the air. yup, totally dfcs worthy... *rme*

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twoviewpoints's picture

For what little the blurb

For what little the blurb gave, *we* could speculate all day long. Maybe the baby didn't "manage" to get scratched at all. Maybe kid was sleeping in crib.

For the 'story' to even be mentioned in a newspaper is certainly not a common occurrence. Partly why my first thought is this is likely a licensed residential daycare (some caregivers home)and this may not be the first time.

The paper would not be notified of any ordinary kitty scratch incident in an incident between Dad's cat scratched kid and BM hotlined it into DCFS who immediately sent a caseworker over. H*ll, the cat would have had to have had all but ripped the kid's face off to get their (DCFS, police report and newspaper) attention.

MorriMom's picture

LOL have you SEEN some of the

LOL have you SEEN some of the worthless crap that gets picked up by the paper?
I have personally been investigated by CPS in regards to a cat scratch. No, it was not the entire report made up by BM but it was something specific and they asked me to explain myself. The scratch wasn't severe. The kid never said "The cat scratched me."

All BM had to do was say that the kid came home with scratches from the cat and boom, it was part of the investigation/accusation against us.

*ETA*

And speculating is really all that we're doing.

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Cooooookies's picture

My BS was about 6 or 7 when

My BS was about 6 or 7 when he was scratched by one of our cats. The cat was laying above him on the big couch pillows. Something was dropped, cat got scared and launched himself off the couch. He happened to catch BS's nose with his back claw, completely on accident. The scratch went across the bridge of his nose between his eyes. It bled A LOT so I couldn't tell if it went into his eye so we went to the emergency room.

He was fine. Seen by several nurses and doctors. No one reported it to CPS.

There has to be more to the story. I would hope so anyway.

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Stillstruggling's picture

I have my doubts about DCFS

I have my doubts about DCFS especially after what we went through with them. They pulled my cousin's kid when she lied about DV (don't blame them), but left the skids when there was actual abuse. We were told by the caseworker that that she indicated abuse in her report and there was a safety plan. The BF was suppose to complete all these classes before he was allowed contact again, but as soon as the the state's attorney said they weren't pressing charges, they changed their minds.

DH's parents were visited numerous times when he was growing up. His dad was an abusive, hoarding, gambling addict. They only pulled them out once and then put them back a couple of months later and nothing had changed.

Tuff Noogies's picture

oh the face = trampoline.

oh the face = trampoline. lol! been there, done that countless times.

but i agree, there has to be something else to it for the story to make it to the paper...

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"His eyes said different though...."

JayRay's picture

If she called the police

If she called the police first then it most likely was in the police blotter.

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Stillstruggling's picture

Honestly, most of the stuff

Honestly, most of the stuff they report on is to get people talking. There are people arguing on their Facebook page about this. Nothing is ever newsworthy these days unless it's going to start an argument or get people mad.

LadyFace's picture

One of the hardest stories I

One of the hardest stories I ever reported on was a case of 3 year old abused by his foster mother. She was the pillar of the community... Who left the boy in nothing but a soiled diaper on her deck in 5 degree weather for... Well, 7 minutes too long. I received death threats and more for covering that story.

ETA: the first story didn't include many details. Those unfolded as the trial took place.

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Cooooookies's picture

I don't understand how people

Jawdropping! I don't understand how people do that. Someone should've left her barely clothed in nearly zero degree weather for 7 minutes too long. Disgusting!

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LadyFace's picture

Of course she "spanked" him

Of course she "spanked" him with a belt first. All for the audacity of the kid not properly sweeping her garage. She put him outside because he shit his pants after she beat him.

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Cooooookies's picture

He was only 3 and he was

He was only 3 and he was supposed to sweep her garage?! What the actual F?!?!

I hate people.

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Llilac's picture

That made me cry. That poor

That made me cry. That poor baby! Sad

moeilijk's picture

Kid was ruining her pillar of

Kid was ruining her pillar of the community image, and that image mattered the most. Scary.

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Gimlet's picture

I feel sick. What was the

I feel sick. What was the outcome of the trial?

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LadyFace's picture

She was found guilty of child

She was found guilty of child abuse and endangerment. Her foster license was pulled and the other foster children were removed. I took hell for months from her big shot father and other family members. It all magically stopped when the verdict came down.

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moeilijk's picture

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