MI - Couple accused of abusing their adoptive children

Discussion in 'Crimes-Spotlight on Children' started by mysteriew, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

    Messages:
    23,795
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    A Grand Rapids couple that was honored as the Michigan Adoptive Parents of the Year and are well-known in the community have had their adopted children taken away from them after allegations of abuse.

    The allegations against Jerome and Beryl Richards are serious, but it is important to note that they have not been criminally charged with anything.

    However, there is an ongoing investigation by Child Protective Services, and at this time there is no plan to return the 12 adopted children to the home.

    The family was recognized in 2002 by the Michigan Foster and Adoptive Parent Association for their efforts and looked at as a model for others in the adoption community.

    But for the last six months, 12 of those adopted children have not been living in that home. They were taken out while Child Protective Services investigates claims of abuse.

    According to court proceedings, those allegations include the Richards knew about sexual abuse amongst the children and did nothing.

    They are also accused of physical abuse.
    http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4097540&nav=0Rce
     
  2. Loading...


  3. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

    Messages:
    23,795
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    A Kent County jury found enough evidence against adoptive parents Beryl and Jerome Richards to give a judge jurisdiction over 12 of their adopted children.

    After weeks of testimony, members of the jury had their say. They heard the evidence against Beryl and Jerome Richards, specifically charges that the couple knew about, but ignored sexual abuse between children in their home. There are also allegations that they didn't properly feed the children. Prosecutors also accused the Richards of beating the children. An attorney representing eleven of the children, Kris Newhouse, asked the jury, “Is it discipline? Belts, extension cords, hangers, spatulas, spoons, slippers, positions that last over days, food deprivation that lasts over days."

    In the end, the jury found that the prosecution proved its case. So, members gave jurisdiction over the children to the court. After hearing that decision, Prosecutor Vicki Seidl said, “I felt we always had a strong case. Every one of these children has been consistent in what they said happened in that home. I have no reason to disbelieve the children." Seidl says the case does raise some issues about the way children are treated within the state system, considering that the Richards adopted 13 children. Seidl said, “We took them away from their original parents and put them in a place that wasn't safe for them. Hopefully this time we get it right and we'll listen to them."
    http://www.wzzm13.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=47471
     
  4. Rayemonde

    Rayemonde New Member

    Messages:
    7,506
    Likes Received:
    18
    Trophy Points:
    0
    December 20th, 2005:

    http://archive.wzzm13.com/news/article/48226/0/Judge-Rules-in-Favor-of-Jerome-and-Beryl-Richards
     
  5. Rayemonde

    Rayemonde New Member

    Messages:
    7,506
    Likes Received:
    18
    Trophy Points:
    0
    March 2006:

    http://articles.southbendtribune.co...parental-rights-allegations-of-physical-abuse
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice