This Child Was abused after he was Adopted from CPS Custody

CPS should be also held accountable!!!!

A Lane County couple was arrested after their 9-year-old son spent a month in Doernbecher Children’s Hospital for multiple fractures and an untreated burn that physicians said were the result of abuse.

Rodger Hartwig, 51, and Alona Hartwig, 46, are being held in Lane County Jail on charges of assault and criminal mistreatment. The Hartwigs were the boy’s foster parents before they adopted him and two siblings five years ago.

Share This was the second instance of critical child abuse in Lane County where parents were charged in the past six months, said Gene Evans, a Department of Human Services spokesman. “We’re very concerned about that,” he said.

The other case was the death of 15-year-old Jeanette Maples in December. Her mother and stepfather, Angela McAnulty and Richard McAnulty have been charged with aggravated murder. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Cases of child abuse that result in a major injury or death are “very few and infrequent,” said Lane County sheriff’s Lt. Byron Trapp.

The Department of Human Services’ Critical Incident Response Team will evaluate the Hartwigs’ case. The team reviews serious injuries and deaths of children who have had some association with the state’s child welfare system. The analysis will be completed in a couple of weeks, Evans said.

Rodger HartwigThe Hartwigs have six children, four of whom are adopted. The children are between 9 and 13 years old.

All of the children were placed in foster care on March 27, after physicians identified the boy’s injuries as suspicious. He had multiple rib, vertebrae and finger fractures, at least one pelvic fracture and an untreated burn, Trapp said. Police spent the next month investigating the case before they arrested the couple, Trapp said.

The Department of Human Services has started a probe into the Lane County child welfare system to look for holes, Evans said. They will be investigating staff practices and looking for areas where problems could be overlooked, Evans said.

“We need to actively investigate our actions to ensure we did everything quickly, appropriately,” he said.

With foster families, Evans said, “you kind of have to shoot for a hundred percent.”

— Jessica Van Berkel

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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