Child Abuse en Child Abuse Bill In Memory of Union County Girl Passes Senate <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="" target="_blank">The Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act</a>&nbsp;passed the U.S. Senate unanimously on Wednesday night. It's a bill that asks Attorney General Eric Holder to issue a state-by-state report on child abuse prevention laws within 6 months.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> The goal is to get states to increase punishment for child abuse offenders.</span></p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 21:39:10 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 50550 at Child Abuse Bill In Memory of Union County Girl Passes Senate Child Abuse Prevention <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year in Mecklenburg County, </span>DSS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> received over 14,000 reports of possible abuse and neglect in children, a figure even higher than the year before. With abuse numbers on the rise in the Charlotte area, some agencies are making efforts at preventing and recognizing signs of abuse to help children in our region. We’ll be joined by members of those agencies to talk about the increasing numbers, ways to recognize different types of abuse, how to report, and also how to try and prevent abuse in the first place.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 49730 at Child Abuse Prevention State Continues Review of Union County Child Abuse Cases <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State health officials are continuing to review whether Union County mishandled any child abuse cases when Wanda Larson worked for the county. Larson was a supervisor for child protective services when authorities charged her in November with child abuse.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 03:05:30 +0000 Michael Tomsic 43763 at State Continues Review of Union County Child Abuse Cases Grand Jury Indictment Shows History Of Child Abuse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We now know more about the charges of abuse against a Union County couple accused of handcuffing a boy to their front porch with a dead chicken around his neck.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">G</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">rand jury indictments released Tuesday elaborate the history of abuse that authorities say the 11-year-old faced under the couple's guardianship.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:04:08 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 40837 at Grand Jury Indictment Shows History Of Child Abuse Union County To Dissolve Health Board After Child Abuse Case <p>Union County commissioners will move to dissolve the board that oversees the county’s Division of Social Services, according to one commissioner in a series of Youtube videos the county released today. The change would come as part of the county's response to the high-profile child-abuse case earlier this month, where an 11-year-old boy was found handcuffed by the ankle to his front porch. One of the guardians of the child, Wanda Larson, was a supervisor for Child Protective Services, which is part of the division.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:10:25 +0000 Ben Bradford & Tasnim Shamma 40014 at Union County DSS Fires Supervisor Accused Of Child Abuse <p>Union County fired Wanda Larson on Friday, accusing the former supervisor with the Department of Social Services of “unacceptable personal conduct and grossly inefficient job performance.”</p><p>Larson, who headed a group of child-protection investigators for the agency, faces child abuse and other charges after an 11-year-old boy under her legal care was found chained to the porch of her rural home, a dead chicken tied around his neck.</p> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 02:14:55 +0000 Michael Gordon and Adam Bell/Charlotte Observer 39807 at Union County Faulted Over Handling Of Previous Child Abuse Complaint <p>The Union County Department of Social Services used a “bogus” interpretation of state law in dismissing a 2012 sheriff’s complaint against a top DSS official, a child-protection expert said Thursday.</p><p>The DSS supervisor, Wanda Larson, was arrested last week in connection with a new abuse case involving the same boy as in 2012.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:37:42 +0000 Michael Gordon and Adam Bell/Charlotte Observer 39758 at Many Records Off Limits In Union County Abuse Case <p>In the week since the Union County sheriff’s office charged a Monroe couple with handcuffing an 11-year-old boy by the ankle to their front porch, we know a lot about the case: We know the temperature was in the high 20s around 9 a.m. when an animal control officer spotted the boy. We know that one of the child’s caretakers, Wanda Larson, is a supervisor in Union County’s Child Protective Services. But, a lot of restricted information about Larson’s work, her adopted children, and the handcuffed child we don’t know. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to discuss what we don’t know, and why.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Ben Bradford 39624 at $500K Bond For Couple Accused Of Handcuffing Child <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bond was set for about $500,000 each for the Monroe couple charged with child abuse for allegedly handcuffing an 11-year-old boy by the ankle to their front porch. Dorian Harper and Wanda Larson -- a supervisor in the county's department of social services -- </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">had their first court appearance in front of a Union County judge Monday morning. On Friday, an animal control officer found the child while responding to a complaint about a loose animal. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:55:40 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 39491 at $500K Bond For Couple Accused Of Handcuffing Child