Most states use a “preponderance of evidence” standard in cases of child abuse and neglect. Kansas’ standard to substantiate allegations of abuse and neglect is clear and convincing, a more rigorous and more difficult standard to prove.
Instead of spending money on flowers for its upcoming fundraising gala, the center plans to create centerpieces with toys, crayons, sticker books and other goodies that the children it serves can later enjoy.
In February, Wichita police placed four children in protective custody after prosecutors alleged their mother’s boyfriend was beating them and her. On Friday, lawyers said the mother had made progress, and a Sedgwick County District Court judge said he thought the children could return home soon.
Randy Stone, a former Wichita police officer, says he didn’t realize that the guy quizzing him about e-mail security at the Park City administrative building in the summer of 2004 was the serial killer who had eluded police for 30 years.
More Kansas children are removed from their homes and placed in foster care because of concerns about parents’ drug and alcohol substance abuse than for any other reason, including physical abuse, neglect and sexual abuse, reports from the DCF show.
Child neglect happens every day in the Wichita area. Medical and physical neglect of children made up about 18 percent of all child-in-need-of-care reports to the Kansas Department for Children and Families in state fiscal year 2014, which ended June 30.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Friday that he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review decisions that overturned death sentences for brothers Jonathan and Reginald Carr in the execution-style killings of four people in Wichita in 2000 and for another man convicted of murdering a couple in Great Bend in 2004.
For 12 years, Wichita city assistant attorney and judicial candidate Mike Hoelscher has practiced law in Sedgwick County. He says he has tried to treat everyone with courtesy and respect, “even when our positions were adverse to each other.”