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July 1, 2006 permalink
A Florida child protection caseworker was arrested last weekend for beating a child. For reasons appearing after the article, there are unlikely to be any follow-up stories on this case.
DCF Worker Charged With Domestic, Child Abuse
CLERMONT, Fla. -- A Department of Children and Families case worker was arrested for domestic and child abuse over the weekend.
Lorinda Nedelcove, of Clermont, was taken to the Lake County jail after allegedly beating up her girlfriend and girlfriend’s child.
The victim said Nedelcove began striking her in the face with a closed fist, all because she was smoking a cigarette. When the victim’s child tried to pull Nedelcove off his mother, she started punching the boy.
Deputies suspect Nedelcove had been drinking.
The news media defer to the accused by deftly avoiding the word "Lesbian", and by publishing no follow-up stories during the ensuing week.
Dennis Hinger is a senior observer and critic of child protectors, based in northern California. He has observed a pattern in which improprieties regarding persons in the child protection system disappear rapidly from the media, while those affecting parents get full press coverage. Here is a slightly edited version of his thoughts.
What's wrong with this story?
Tonight on Sacramento CBS Channel 13 News, they carried a story about a 50-year-old teacher, grandmother, and foster-care mother who was charged with lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, after she and one of her 15-year-old students were caught by a railroad security guard going at it in the back seat of her car next to some railroad tracks. I'll tell you what is wrong with this story: This Is The Last Anything Will Be Heard About This Case.
In seven months, there have been one-time stories about kids being molested by a California Highway Patrolman, a Sacramento city cop, a Sacramento sheriff's officer, two firemen, a CPS children's receiving home employee, a CPS group home worker, and now three teachers. These stories appear on the news one time and one time only. If you miss the station they are broadcast on, you will never hear a word about the case. They are completely covered up and it is impossible to get any further information on them even though they are "allegedly" being tried in criminal court.
That amounts to ten child molestation cases by mandated reporters that have made the news only to be covered up. How many child molestations by authorities are occurring that we hear absolutely nothing about? Incidentally, this teacher is not the only one of those listed above that was also a foster parent.
And this is in Sacramento and northern San Joaquin County only. It does not include San Francisco or the bay area, Fresno, or counties north and east of Sacramento. How many of these cases are being covered up throughout California and the entire country for that matter?
On the 7 AM (July 1, 2006) news here in Sacramento they reported that a Modesto California police officer (again, with no name given) has been charged with four counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor while on duty. They also said that since his arrest a number of other families have come forward with additional charges against this officer for the same thing. That was on at 7 AM news. Since then there have been three additional news broadcasts and not one word about this incident.
During these months there have been several serious child abuse and neglect cases filed against parents and a nanny that are always in the news. One case is five months old and still making the news. In a non-CPS related case, a Sacramento police officer was involved in a hit and run accident while driving drunk and he killed a 13-year-old boy and we hear nothing about that case either.
Source: email from Dennis Hinger