Archive for the ‘Crimes’ Category

First the cat. . .

August 1, 2008

The Muncie Star Press reported today of a plea agreement reached in the case of Danield John Collins, 39.  Collins was accused of forcing his 7 year old daughter to stab the family’s 8 month old cat.

According to the Star Press, “The daughter and Collins’ 11-year-old son said their father ordered them to stab the cat because he wanted them to “learn to kill.” Police said the defendant’s son tried to hide the cat from his father, but that Collins was able to find the animal and strangled it as his children looked on.”  Collins pled guilty to domestic violence/animal cruelty and 2 counts of neglect of a dependent, in the plea agreement, he will be sentenced to 18 months in prison.

It is a well know fact that animal abuse leads to domestic violence.  The Humane Society of the United States, Animal Cruelty/Domestic Violence Fact Sheet points out the parallels between the two.

While Collins may end up only serving 9 months total in prison, the mother of these two children should take this time to get help for herself and the kids.  If she doesn’t she and her children will be in serious jeapordy when Collins is released.

Again, to all the foster parents out there, it is cases like this that make your commitment to kids all the more important.

Good touch, bad touch, how about NO touch!

July 31, 2008

The Indianapolis Star reports today of allegations brought against an Indy foster parent.  Harold “Rick” Ferrin, 53, was arrested on four felony counts of child molest.  The allegations were made by a six year old female, who was not a foster child in the Ferrin home.

In a statement to the Star, Susan Tielking, spokesperson for DCS stated, “It looks like this is a very unique case and is not reflective of the majority of foster parents who are working every single day to improve the lives of children.”

While the abuse of ANY CHILD is unacceptable, it is all the more reprehensible for a child to be abused by person(s) that have made a promise to take care of them in their time of need.  We are gladden to to know that the victim will not have to endure being pulled from another home setting, and hopefully her parents will be able to get the resources for her to deal with the abuse.

If Ferrin did in fact commit this crime, then he needs to sentenced to the full maximum allowed under law.