Wayne Miller, a former resident of Hartland, is being held without bail while awaiting trial in state court on 13 felony counts.
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Online child exploitation tips jumped 37% during 2 years of the pandemic
The Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received 452 “cybertips” last year, up from 330 in 2019. Nationwide, such tips during this period increased by 12 million.
Lawsuit alleges ‘conscience-shocking’ use of force at Vermont’s now-shuttered juvenile detention center
The legal action brought on behalf of several youth who had been placed at the facility was filed Monday morning in federal court in Burlington. It includes claims of excessive force, cruel and unusual punishment and retaliation against those trying to stop the abuse.
House backs bill dropping deadline for child physical abuse claims
Representatives have joined the Senate in supporting the repeal of Vermont’s statute of limitations for civil lawsuits related to childhood physical abuse.
'Culture of abuse' alleged at Kurn Hattin over 80 years
More than 60 children from troubled homes were abused from the 1940s through 2019, according to victims and state records. The residential school covered up sexual, physical and psychological abuse perpetrated by adults and children, victims say.
Under state pressure, Kurn Hattin gives up license
The residential program in Westminster failed to report sexual abuse to DCF investigators within 24 hours as mandated by law. In some instances, months went by before authorities were notified.
Child abuse reports drop, raising alarm
Reports of child abuse and neglect were down about 30% in March. Officials are concerned that abuse is going underreported.
Abuse case tied to former Vermont photographer closes without criminal charges
Jordan Silverman has been described in a lawsuit as having a central role in the abuse of more than a dozen children at the Washington Hebrew Congregation — but he was not named as a defendant in the civil action.
Suit claims DCF failed to protect children from years of abuse
The complaint says the agency ignored more than 30 reports from multiple people about the two children’s abuse, which extended over four years beginning when they were 8 and 11.
Father of slain toddler loses case in Supreme Court
Dezirae Sheldon's father claimed a DCF-contracted reviewer was negligent to not have reported the 2-year-old's mother's allegations that her then-boyfriend was responsible for her injuries.
High court seeks new approach as child abuse, neglect cases rise
Fueled by the opioid crisis, such cases rose 63 percent from fiscal 2013 to 2016. The Supreme Court’s commission will explore a family treatment court model.
Gathering explores keys to child abuse prevention
Gov. Peter Shumlin said continued efforts to curb prescription opiate abuse are essential to protecting children.
State divided over confidentiality rules in child abuse cases
Attorney General Bill Sorrell says that sunlight could help increase accountability and understanding of the child protection system, but Defender General Matt Valerio and DCF say proceedings should remain confidential.
DCF rolls out new policies for people required to report suspected child abuse
The Department for Children and Families is reaching out to mandated reporters of child abuse across the state to inform them of policy changes related to the implementation of Act 60. The new law, which was written in response to the deaths of two toddlers last year who had been in contact with DCF, encompasses […]