A week ago on Father’s Day, residents in a cluster of 24 apartments in the Watkins Court development gathered outside to celebrate.
A Kansas City mother accused of barricading her severely malnourished 10-year-old daughter in a closet appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court today for the first time.
Inside an apartment that reeked of urine Kansas City police found a 32-pound, 10-year-old girl surrounded by her own waste. Hours after her discovery Friday morning, police tracked down her mother, Jacole Prince, 29. On Saturday, she was charged with assault, abuse of a child and endangering a childs welfare.
The Jackson County Children’s Division reassigned duties after the unit’s elimination, leaving workers with unfamiliar tasks. Attorneys say the move hurts children and families.
Some workers say drive for professionalism in Jackson County Children’s Division has turned oppressive
Tanya Keys’ new rules aim to fix the office’s inappropriate behavior noted in a 2011 review. But veteran workers say she has a clinical management style more suited for an accounting firm than a social services agency charged with protecting the state’s most vulnerable children.
Neighbors cried and prayed Wednesday night as they came together to forgive themselves for not knowing about a 10-year-old Kansas City girl, their neighbor, forced to live in a closet.
Aug. 1, 2001
The greatest share of blame for the plight of the girl who spent the better part of six years concealed from view, allegedly barricaded for days at a time in a closet, belongs with the childs mother and any other adult who may have known about the situation. But if the system meant to protect children had worked well, the child would have been spared years of suffering and isolation.
A Northland woman did what too many people shy away from. When she noticed signs of mistreatment, she contacted the state hotline. Police then rescued a frail teen from handcuffs in his familys basement.
The boyfriend of a woman accused of imprisoning her 10-year-old malnourished daughter in a closet pleaded guilty Friday to child endangerment and was sentenced to five years of probation.
Three months after authorities found a little girl now known as LP locked in a Kansas City closet, dehydrated and malnourished, unanswered questions still haunt family members, advocates and some lawmakers.
One child named Katie took out her crayons and colored a handful of pictures for a little girl shes never met.
For more than a week, police looked for the boyfriend of a woman accused of barricading her 10-year-old malnourished daughter in a closet.
Police have arrested Marcus R. Benson, the man police say is the boyfriend of the woman accused of barricading her 10-year-old malnourished daughter in an apartment closet.
That action, announced in an email to The Kansas City Star late Friday, reverses what appeared to be a clamping down on openness by the state that began in late June 2012 when the malnourished and dehydrated girl known as LP was rescued.
The Local Investment Commission said Tuesday that it has organized a fund where people can send monetary donations help the 10-year-old girl who was rescued from a closet. People also now have a place to mail care packages and birthday cards for the girl, known in court records as LP.
Shackled and wearing an orange jumpsuit, the mother of the 10-year-old child found locked in a closet appeared briefly in court today.
Jackson County prosecutors on Wednesday filed two charges of felony child endangerment against the boyfriend of a woman who allegedly barricaded her 10-year-old malnourished daughter in an apartment closet.
A little girl suffered for six years after the state of Missouri apparently believed she could be safely returned to her mother’s care. And the public is left to wonder how that decision could have possibly been made.
The recent news about the girl in the closet was particularly meaningful for Nathan Ross, who has known many young people from broken or abusive homes. He was one of them. Ross survived a notorious case that shocked the public just like that of LP, the girl who was rescued from the closet in a Kansas City home.