Tuesday, February 12 2013 4:58 PM EST2013-02-12 21:58:36 GMT
Evidence in the abuse investigation involving former special needs teacher Amanda Kitcho reached the desk of Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell, he confirms to FOX19's investigative team. However,More >>
Evidence in the abuse investigation involving former special needs teacher Amanda Kitcho reached the desk of Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell, he confirms to FOX19's investigative team. However, because no child suffered "serious physical harm" Fornshell says there was no basis to charge Kitcho with a felony and he declined to prosecute her.More >>
Tuesday, February 12 2013 9:09 AM EST2013-02-12 14:09:15 GMT
A lawsuit obtained by FOX19 is raising allegations of special needs students being abused at an elementary school in the Kings Local School District in Warren County. Sources connected to Columbia ElementaryMore >>
A lawsuit obtained by FOX19 is raising allegations of special needs students being abused at an elementary school in the Kings Local School District in Warren County.More >>
KINGS MILLS, OH (FOX19) -
Some parents in Warren County are up-in-arms after learning last night from a FOX19 investigation of the Kings Local School District Board's campaign of secrecy surrounding allegations that a former teacher may have mistreated special needs students at Columbia Elementary.
Now, FOX19 has obtained a copy of the written district policy on how school employees should handle "cases of suspected child abuse or neglect." In the very first directive, school employees are told they "shall not contact the child's family."
We contacted every board member today and asked them if they were willing to sit down with us to explain why that policy is in place. Instead, board president Bonnie Baker-Hicks sent us a statement that, she revealed, had been approved by their lawyer. The statement said school leaders "communicate with parents as appropriate." It also said the district complies with Ohio law. But there is no law mandating parents be informed of possible child abuse, according to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell.
"I know as a parent what my preference would be," he added.
No board member responded to further inquiries from FOX19 about the policy after Baker-Hicks sent the statement this afternoon.
Cincinnati attorney Chris Finney, who's suing the school district for records detailing the district's investigation, tells FOX19 parents who had a child in Amanda Kitcho's class were never told by school leaders that their son or daughter may have been the victim of verbal or physical abuse. At least one family found out when they received an anonymous letter, said Finney.
He filed the lawsuit that put the allegations into the public record. Specifically, in the court documents, he cites a teacher's aide in Kitcho's classroom who said some students were pushed and shoved and verbally abused.
Kitcho's attorney, John R. Doll of Dayton, said last night a criminal investigation "exonerated" her.
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell told FOX19 today he found the allegations "disturbing." However, he said he could not pursue felony charges against Kitcho because there was no evidence or allegation that a student suffered "serious physical harm." He also revealed that it was his office which received the initial report of possible abuse, which he forwarded to sheriff's investigators.
Doll did not respond today to FOX19's questions about the prosecutor's comments and other information we learned about Kitcho, including the fact that she now works part-time at a Catholic Church.
Father Jan K. Schmidt of St. Margaret of York Church in Loveland says Kitcho's position is "entirely clerical." In response to a FOX19 inquiry he also told us, "She does not have direct contact with children."
We learned of Kitcho's hiring after obtaining the church's bulletin from February 3 in which Father Schmidt announced that she was now a part of the church's staff.
To view Kings' Abuse Notification Policy, click here.
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:25:18 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A standoff lasting nearly 12 hours came to an end early Saturday morning in the Shively neighborhood. The man police were after, Jerry Ross, is dead. Police have not determinedMore >>
The man police were after, Jerry Ross, is dead.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:10 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:10:15 GMT
LAUREL COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – A woman allegedly went to extreme lengths to let out her neighbor's dogs. According to Laurel Sheriff's Senior Sgt Greg Poynter, at 4:50 p.m. Friday deputies received a callMore >>
According to Laurel Sheriff's Senior Sgt Greg Poynter, at 4:50 p.m. Friday deputies received a call a woman had broken into a home on Chaney Ridge Road.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 10:21 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:21:45 GMT
NEW ALBANY, IN – New Albany police said Friday that a mother found dead along with her two young children in a creek in Binford Park in March drowned her two young children and then herself. New AlbanyMore >>
Investigators said Jaime Clutter, 35, suffered from mental illness -- possibly psychosis and postpartum depression -- when she walked her children to Binford Park March 13 and drowned them. More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 9:20 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:20:21 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Multi-million dollar dreams are running through a lot of heads -- $600 million dollars worth of them. The Powerball jackpot Friday climbed to the highest ever in U.S. history, secondMore >>
The Powerball jackpot Friday climbed to $600 million, the highest ever in U.S. history and second highest ever in the world.More >>