INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana's child welfare agency wants to draw attention to child abuse and neglect during April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Indiana Department of Child Services Director Terry Stigdon said at a Statehouse rally Thursday that the agency is working with stakeholders to curtail abuse. But Stigdon has had little to say when it comes to stinging criticisms lodged by former Director Mary Beth Bonaventura, who warned last December that agency service cuts "all but ensure children will die."
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Police say an Indiana man is facing charges after his 3-year-old daughter accidentally shot and wounded her pregnant mother with a gun he left in the woman's car. Merrillville police say the Michigan City man was charged Thursday with criminal recklessness and neglect of a dependent. The woman told detectives she heard a loud pop and realized she was bleeding.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - A former western Indiana school administrator has been sentenced to two years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme. U.S District Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on Thursday also ordered 49-year-old Franklin Fennell of Terre Haute to pay $110,600 in restitution to the Vigo County School Corp. Hel was the district's director of transportation and facilities support at the time of the crimes.
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - Two Indiana men recently exonerated by DNA evidence in a gang rape case are suing over their wrongful convictions. Roosevelt Glenn and Darryl Pinkins were convicted in 1993 and 1991, respectively, of a 1989 rape in Hammond. Glenn and Pinkins filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against Hammond and officers of the city's Police Department and State Police. The lawsuit alleges the men were framed for the crime.
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