July 28, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Wolf Lake Couple Pleads Not Guilty Robert and Bethany Pleasant, a couple from Wolf Lake, Illinois, appeared in the Jackson County District Court on Tuesday, July 22nd, for a preliminary hearing. They pled not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting children.   The couple, formerly of Murphysboro, Illinois, were arrested on June 18th on outstanding…

July 2, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Justina Pelletier Returns Home Connecticut teenager, Justina Pelletier was recently returned to her parent’s home in West Hartford, Connecticut. She was separated from her family for 16 months. This case has caused parents around the country to sit up and pay attention.   In February 2013, Justina had a consultation at the Children’s Hospital, which…

June 28, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Saginaw Man Accused of Scalding Toddler’s Hands A judge recently adjourned the scheduled preliminary examination for a 28-year-old father from Saginaw who is facing life in prison. Prosecutors allege that Elliot J. Robinson deliberately held his 2-year-old son’s hands under scalding hot water long enough that the child required skin grafts to repair the damage….

June 24, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Request for Competency Exam Denied Aki Dillard, the 39-year-old man Saginaw man who is facing charges for the abuse and death of his legally adopted son, Elijah Dillard, has been denied a mental competency exam by the judge.   Dillard is facing charges of first-degree premeditated murder or, in the alternative, first-degree felony murder. Additionally,…

June 20, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Abuse Of Disabled Woman Caught On Camera Strathmoor Manor, an adult care facility in Detroit, recently had its foster care license suspended in the wake of a horrific video released to the press. The footage captured documentation of one of the facility’s caregivers, Kadia Konate-Dennard, violently abusing a young disabled woman who was a resident…

June 18, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

State Can’t Take Jurisdiction if Only One Parent Deemed Unfit The Michigan Supreme Court recently ruled that the “one parent” doctrine, which has been on the books for more than 70 years, is in fact unconstitutional, and infringes on the due process rights of parents.   In a 5 to 2 ruling released on June…