Thursday, May 31, 2018

Public Hearing to Be Held on Maine Child Abuse Deaths Report

A Maine oversight committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on a report about an investigation into the state's handling of two cases in which abused children died.

The Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability presented findings to the Government Oversight Committee last week. The Government Oversight Committee's holding the hearing Thursday.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

DHHS quietly overhauls aid for children, adults in crisis

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services last month quietly overhauled a statewide emergency service that’s supposed to be available around the clock for children and adults experiencing suicidal thoughts, severe bouts of depression, crippling anxiety or any other mental health crisis.

The first realignment of Maine’s network of mental health crisis services in two decades came without public engagement and with limited preparation. The department says it doesn’t expect to save money as a result of the move, but a change in how it’s paying for the service has some of the private agencies that provide it unsure they can afford to continue providing it long-term.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Youth Prison Watchdog Calls For Audit Of Medical Contractor

A private health care company that treats inmates at Maine’s youth prison has come under scrutiny in a new report from the facility’s independent oversight group.

The watchdog report also echoes cries for a comprehensive review of the state systems that have filled the South Portland prison with young people battling mental illnesses.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Gov. LePage, DHHS respond to OPEGA report findings

Governor Paul LePage has issued a response to the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability report about the findings of the first phase of their investigation into the Department of Health and Human Services handling of the deaths of two Maine children at the hands of their caretakers.

The investigation was ordered by the Government Oversight Committee March 9, following the December death of Kendall Chick, and the Feb. 25 death of 10-year old Marissa Kennedy. Kendall was reportedly killed after suffering abuse at the hands of her grandfather’s then-fiance, Shawna Gatto. Marissa suffered a prolonged and violent death at the hands of her mother and stepfather, Sharon and Julio Carrillo.

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Portland public schools say they won’t report students to immigration enforcement

Officials from Portland Public Schools are telling the community that they will not report students to immigration enforcement officials, and say their schools are a “safe haven” for children and families.

In a written message to families last week, Portland Supt. Xavier Botana said, “We want your children in our schools. We don’t care what their immigration status is. And we believe that that’s not just the right thing to do, but that’s also the law.”

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Friday, May 25, 2018

State failed to follow procedures and share information in deaths of 2 girls

One of the biggest jokes in the State of Maine is DHHS.  

State child protective workers failed to follow policies and procedures in assessing the placement of a young girl who died as a result of abuse last winter, the Legislature’s watchdog agency concluded in a review released Thursday.

In the case of a second girl’s death, there were widely scattered reports of potential abuse or neglect, but information that might have led to a reassessment of the child’s situation and prompted officials to intervene was not shared at critical moments, according to the report by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Breaking the cycle of child abuse | Poland mom

Here is a sugar coating of how Maine's CPS is supposed to help families.  My experience with these Alternative Response workers was radically different. FMI: Click Here

The latest statistics from Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services show that reports of child abuse are decreasing year to year.

Abuse will never end completely – but there are programs to prevent it from starting in the first place, through the Community Partnership for Protecting Children.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Maine Supreme Court to decide whether to kick prosecutors off Carrillo case

Maine’s highest court will decide whether to remove state prosecutors from the case of a Stockton Springs mother who claims they illegally collected evidence in their efforts to prove she killed her daughter.

Sharon Carrillo’s attorney, Chris MacLean, filed a motion to disqualify prosecutors, saying they illegally used subpoenas to obtain confidential records, but a Superior Court judge in April denied the motion.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Maine man learns truth of his past: Nuns stole him as a baby from his mother in Ireland

Kevin Battle was a baby when church officials raided his family home in Ireland and plucked him from the arms of his mother, an unmarried 24-year-old who had run away from the convent where she and hundreds of other Irish girls were sent to give birth to secret children.

After raising the boy she named William for more than a year, his mother couldn’t bear to give him up, so she grabbed her chubby-cheeked boy and escaped home to her family in County Limerick. But the nuns had plans for the boy, so they tracked down the mother and child and forcefully reclaimed him.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

LK's personal complaint against (Patricia) PJ Miles from KidsPeace Maine - Alternative Response Worker


Phone(207) 771-5700

49 Atlantic Place
South Portland, Maine


To John Beaman or to whom it may concern

On Wednesday May 9th I received a phone call from one PJ Miles (Patricia J. Miles).  This was due to a false accusation of child abuse or neglect that was made on May 7th and was referred to your agency for Alternative Response Services.

I found PJ Miles to be rude and disrespectful.  She seemed to have her mind made up that I was guilty before she even called.  Within 30 seconds of the two-minute conversation she was already accusing me of verbal aggression and all I said was that I wasn’t interested in any of her services.  By the end of the conversation she had accused me of bullying her and threatened to get Child Protective Services involved and decided that she didn’t want to work with me even quicker than that.  So finally, I said, I’m sorry I can’t work with you and hung up.  It was obvious that if one did not kiss this woman’s butt right after her introduction then accusations were gonna fly.  Fortunately, she did tell me she represented your agency KidsPeace Maine.

Shortly after, I contacted her supervisor Stephanie Cater at 207-877-5029 and complained.  I was really upset over this as the situation is already scary enough.  Ms. Cater took my complaint about PJ Miles over the phone although I doubt she did anything, and I agreed to talk to another worker named Ryan Weaver.  After speaking with Mr. Weaver, I set up a meeting with him, agreed to work with him to resolve this issue.  Unfortunately, before this could even be set up, PJ Miles had already sent it back to CPS, so I ended up having to work with a real CPS worker, who was also much more professional, respectful and much nicer than PJ Miles.

PJ Miles
PJ Miles and her dog
First of all, I find it difficult to believe that anybody would be happy to hear from an any CPS or Alternative Response worker to discuss a false allegation of child abuse or neglect.  It was a shock to me to have the accusation made in the first place, but to have somebody who was unprofessional and throwing around even more unwarranted accusations left and right so quickly and without even knowing me is simply intensifying an already stressful situation.  I’m not a bad person and I’m working with several professionals already regarding the same special needs child who the report was made about, and who all respect me and enjoy working with me.  I didn’t even have a problem with the CPS worker in all honesty, so far anyway.  I guess an unproven accusation is all PJ Miles needs to pass judgement.  She’s certainly not objective.  Perhaps your agency should offer better training to your workers.  Just a thought.

Because of this incident and my faith that PJ Miles will probably get away with it with no repercussions and be left to attack other parents who find themselves in this situation and who live in my own community, like she attacked me during a 2 minute phone conversation, I have decided to focus my attention on your agency, KidsPeace Maine, on my blogs.  I am a popular blogger who runs a blog on Parental Rights and Child Welfare Issues called Legally Kidnapped which can be found at  Your agency, and PJ Miles will be blogged about for the whole world to see for as long as this case drags out.  PJ Miles will also now have a special featured post on Legally Kidnapped, because I think it’s important to warn other parents that workers like her are allowed to attack parents like this, so I will post a copy of this grievance on there as well as on all of my social media accounts that are associated with my blog.  And it will be there forever.

It’s really quite sad and pathetic that I have to do this considering that some families may even benefit from the services your agency offers.

Thanks to her supervisor, Ms. Cater, giving me her real first name (Patricia), I was able to find her on Facebook just by typing her name and get her picture for my blog but I will never contact her in any way again.  So honestly, I don’t care what you do with this grievance.  I would like a written apology from PJ Miles for my blog as well, but I won’t hold my breath.

Patrick Rafferty