WCPO reported today that a West Price Hill mother charged with child endangerment received a $1 million bond after she appeared in a Hamilton County courtroom Thursday. According to the complaint, Christina Sturgill physically abused her 7-year-old daughter over a period of time in June that resulted in a black eye, new and old bruising over her entire body, bite marks and a loss of hair. Court documents show Sturgill has previous convictions for physically abusing a different child but never received any prison time.
Recently, it appears that more and more severe child abuse cases involve parents who have had previous involvement or are currently involved in the system. Why do we keep seeing the same problems over and over again with child protection services and the safety of our children?
According to an investigation by the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio's child-protection system has numerous problems which include:
• Drastic under reporting of the number of children dying from abuse and neglect in order for the County child-fatality review boards to show a reduction in child abuse deaths.
•Failure to comply with state regulations that require a review of the death of every child involved with county agencies
•Not responding to abuse reports in a timely manner and placing children with unsuitable caregivers and not following through with safety checks.
•Caseworkers failing to assess the safety of children, not checking the backgrounds of adults in abusive homes and improperly closing cases where children are still at risk.