Month: November 2014

November 28, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Final Installment in Series on Facilitated Communication In 2006, flying in the face of countless tests proving facilitated communication to be little more than pseudoscience at best, Time Magazine published an article that lauded it as a breakthrough. The article claimed that it gave parents around the world an opportunity to communicate with their non-verbal…

November 25, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

It makes perfect sense, when you think about it, why facilitated communication had such a positive reception when it was first introduced. After all, the first person on whom it was used to attempt communication made phenomenal progress, and experienced significant life improvement.

November 20, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Facilitated communication is still considered to be a largely controversial method of communication for non-verbal patients. It was introduced in the U.S. in the late 1970’s. By the early 90’s, it was widely regarded as a fringe therapy. It was not acknowledged by the larger medical community as valid in most cases.

November 17, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

A Bloomfield Hills couple was recently awarded $3 million dollars by a jury after they were falsely accused of sexually abusing their autistic daughter. In the wake of this high dollar verdict, the issue of facilitated communication has once again risen to the fore.   Facilitated communication is highly controversial. The method claims to allow…

November 16, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

When kids are ripped from their homes in abuse and neglect or CPS cases, few stop to think what happens to those kids after removal. These kids are presumed to be safe and happy without giving it any more thought. While some children are placed with relatives, others are placed into foster care with strangers…

November 13, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

In 2001 the state of Michigan changed the statute of limitations on prosecuting the sexual abuse of a child. Prior to this date, the time limit on the prosecution of these crimes was either six years, or the 21st birthday of the victim, whichever came last.   Since the change in law, there is no…

November 11, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Michael Ettenberger, the 46-year-old former Indiana middle school principal was recently sentenced to a minimum of five years in prison. He was convicted by a jury in Jackson County on multiple felony counts relating to criminal sexual conduct.   His sentencing was as follows:

November 9, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

The story of little Bree Green stirred up significant public outcry, both for and against the use of medical marijuana with regard to parenting. Maria Green, uses cannabis to ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, and her husband Steve consumes it to manage his epilepsy. But when the Greens became engaged in a custody dispute…

November 6, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Elderly and vulnerable adult abuse is a growing problem in communities all across Michigan. According to Michigan’s Adult Protective Services, instances of elder abuse have more than doubled in just a few years.   This increase is concerning to law enforcement officials and senior citizen advocates. “People are reporting it more,” says Judy Sivak, the…

November 4, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

On Monday, October 20th at about 4 pm, Deputy Steve Bismack of the Huron County Sheriff’s Department responded to a domestic disturbance call at a home on Minden Road. What he discovered there has shocked people across the state.   After speaking to the people involved, the deputy was given permission to enter one of…