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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 27, 1970, Abilene, Texas                               ACC 17 23 kJjklillmu 4 35 Tech 56 41 PennSt, 14 Wisconsin 34 KM St. 15 Baylor 35 SFA 24 Rice St. 24 Oklahoma 14 Abilene Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron JOTO YEAR, NO. 104 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE, TEXAS. 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 27, mO-SEVENTY-SIXPAGES IN Sg-SECTJONS--------LOc DAILY-25c SUNDAY Associated Preu (IP) The Child Abuser: Who Should Be Stopping Him? CAMPUS UNREST REPORT law Harsh; Leaders Lax' By JON STANDEFER Reporter-News Staff Writer During the past year, a six year old child was hospitalized with severe bite marks on his body. He identified his step- father as the attacker. The attending physician notified an official of the Taylor County Child Welfare office, The child was taken from his foster home, but no criminal charges were ever filed in the case, and an investigation into the incident was never completed. In fact, the police were not even notified. They only learned of the case from a lip four days after the child was taken to the hospital. Police also did not know of the suspected beating injury of Stephanie Monteith last January until they were called by The Reporter News for information in the case the next morning. Stephanie died and her father was convicted of murder without malice. i I Still a third child, this time a two month old girl with 3 bruises on her body; was treated by a' local doctor around the 1 same time as the Monteith child. Again, thou gh the Child Welfare Office had 'been notified, the si police were not. These cases point up a EDITOR'S NOTE: In this investigative report on child abuse, Reporter-News staff writer Jon Standefer digs into the handling of one case in Taylor County. His report answers some questions and raises others about this growing local problem. STANDEFER disturbing facet of the handling of child complaints cases in Taylor County: in the reporting, Investigation and criminal sijch cases, it Is at best a haphazard affair. The guidelines on who's supposed lo do what are almost non existent, responsibility is divided and communication less than satisfactory between Hie three agencies involved; the police, the district attorney's office and the Child Welfare office. Worse, there is an I admitted gap in the law. ED PAYNTER district attorney BEULAH LOVE Child Welfare head OFTEN, THE FIRST person involved is a doctor, called to the hospital to treat an injured child. "If I suspect child says one local physician, "It's my responsibility to notify the child welfare office. If It is a serious injury, I also notify the police." The line here is a thin one: the doclor must first decide whether there is a question of child abuse, and then call the child welfare office; second, he must decide whether the Injury is serious enough to warrant calling In the police. Making a judgment Isn't facilitated by the law, either. Article 695c-2, Sect. 2-A of the Texas Civil Statutes says only that a doctor (or teacher, peace officer, etc.) who suspects child abuse "may" inform the child welfare office. That law, which went Into effect only a year ago, was designed to protect Informants In such cases from lawsuits. It does not force a responsibility at least not a legal one upon a doctor to make a report on a suspected child beating case. Because of one local doctor concedes privately, many child abuse cases go unreported, particularly where the doctor is the only one outside the family to know of the situation; for instance, when the parents bring an injured child to a doctor's private office instead of to the hospital. SECOND IN THE chain is usually the child welfare office. "My first responsibility is to get the child says Beulah Love, head of the Taylor County Child Welfare. "Then, of course, I cooperate with the district attorney's office and Die police." State law says only that she must "bring matters of child abuse to the district attorney and the district but she is advised "when possible" to notify police, particularly where there is a life endangering situation. If a child Is hospitalized, Miss Love says she can and has given orders that the parents or step parents are not to be allowed to even see the child. This, she says, is a "protected environ- and alter notifying the district attorney's office, she has ended her legal responsibility. Miss Love insists she tries to keep the police Informed though she is not legally required to do so but she admits she has not called them on every occasion. The case of See CHILD, Pg. 4-A CAPT. GEORGE SUTTON chief of detectives WASHINGTON (AP) The chairman of President's Com- mission on Campus Unrest told President Nixon Saturday he must exercise greater leader- ship if violence is to be curbed and tensions eased between young and old. Chairman William Scranton commented shortly before re- lease of the commission's report to the President which blames government actions and inac- tions at all levels for the crisis on the college campuses. Both trigger-happy officers and stu- dent terrorists are called crimi- nals. The report accuses some law enforcement officers of unwar- ranted harshness but also as- serts some school administra- tors have been too lenient. In urging Nixon to assert mor- al leadership to achieve an un- derstanding between opposing factions, Scranton, Republican former governor of Pennsylva- nia, said at a news conference: "Up to the episodes of this has not been the kind of leadership to bring about the kind of reconcil- iation we have been talking about." Scranton's statement pointed the finger more firmly at Nixon than did the words of the report. The nine-member commission last spring soon aft- er the killings at Kent State in Ohio and Jackson Stale in Mis- sissippi called for an end to the Vietnam war, and said this to Nixon in its published report: "It is imperative that the President bring us together be- fore more lives are lost and more property destroyed and more universities disrupted. "We recommend that the President seek to convince pub- lic officials and protesters alike that divisive and insulting rheto- ric is dangerous." Appearing at the news confer- ence with the entire commis- sion, Scranton said attempts to make political issues of hair styles and modes of dress are "rather infantile and kindergar- tenish." The remark came in response to a question about Vice President Spiro T. Agnew's commentaries on students. Presidential aide Robert Finch said Nixon already has implemented every recommen- dation of the commission in whole or in part. As for assert- ing moral leadership to lessen discord, Finch said, "I think he lias taken steps in that direc- tion." As to recommendation calling for a less volatile form of rhetoric, Finch at first said he didn't think the commission was referring to Agnew. Under Reaction, Page 2-A pressure from reporters, Finch then said: "You'll have to ask Scranlon that. I'm not going lo pass judgment on Individuals la this administration." Scranton declined to point specifically at Agnew, but said, "It's certainly not helpful for the vice president or anybody to make some of the comments made earlier this year." The report states only a small minority of students, faculty members and agitators are bent on destruction of universities. Nixon has not read the report. Scranton said the President plans to read il and confer with him after the presidential trip lo Europe which begins Sunday. A presidential aide said that when Scranton submitted the re- port Nixon told him, "I can as- sure you that your report will be controversial. I want to say don't worry about that. Worry if it's not controversial. We don't want a bunch of intellectual eunuchs around here." The report urges swift remo- val from campuses and vigor- ous prosecution of perpetrators of violence. At the same time, the com- mission accused some authori- ties of abuse of power. "Too many law enforcement officers have responded with un- warranted harshness and force in seeking to control disorder. government at all levels have contributed to campus unrest. The words of some political See CAMPUS, Pg. 2-A U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERC1 ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (WeirHr Mlp, ID-A) ABILENE AND VICINITY ratflus) Fair and warmer Sunday through Monday. The htoh Sunday In ttia the low Sorrily nlgM In tha middle SO'5, The high Monday new 10. Llghl variable winds. TEMPERATURES a.m. Ml. p.m. 58 53 57 Can't be bothered 54 57 57 M 58 61 60 Kelly Smith, son Mr. and Mrs. Ed Smith of Coleman, is too young to be bothered by politics, but he's not too young to 'enjoy the booths at the Cleman County Fair. (Staff Photo by Billy Adams) 57 High and lew lor 24hourc 10 p.m.: 63 and 56. HTgh and low dale last yean as end 67, Sunset last nlghti today: sunset tonight: Barometer reading at 10 p.m.: 28 45. Humidity at ID p.m.: 59 per cent. Air Texas Suspends Flight Service Due to Profit Loss Guerrillas Free Hostages BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Radio Amman announced Satur- day that the remaining hostages from three hijacked airliners- all beliered to be Americans- were freed by Palestinian finer- rlllas and are in Ihe hands of Jordanian authorities. ______Jordan, Page 2-A Airline passenger lists had in- dicated 38 hostages were In guerrilla hands but the Amman broadcast said 32 captives were released by the commandos and that they were the only ones Baird Voters Turn Down School Bonds BAIRD (RNS) Voters In the Baird Independent School District Salurday lurned down in bonds for a new library and gymnasium and improvements lo existing structures. The vote was 246 against and tit for Issuance of Ihe bonds. In March, 1970, the Texas Education Agency told the district to take steps to preserve its accreditation. The agency recommended; construction at a new Junior high library; a rwsr junior high sdence laboratory; a new vocational building, classroom tad shop; a new and remodeling of fee existing gymnasium. Jon R. Tate, superintendent of Ihe Baird schools, said no immediate loss of accredit a lion Is probable. He said next March was the deadline given by the accreditation team for the Improvements. "I feel the school board will want to come back and make some kind of even If they are not those in this bond he said. The proposed bonds would have added cents lo the district's present Ux nte of aft cents per flOO nluation. The district om for bonds maturing through UK. V A held by them. No explanation was given for the discrepancy. Later, an official Egyptian spokesman in Cairo said all the hostages had been handed over to the Egyptian Embassy in Amman and were free. They are the last of H hostages held by the guerrillas since the Popu- lar Front for the Liberation of Palestine PFt.P master- minded the hijack of the three western jelliners to Jordan Sept. 6 and 9. Sixteen British, Swiss and West German hostages released in Jordan Friday arrived In London Salurday night, smiling but weary, aboard a British Royal Air Force plane. The Popular Front announced at p.m. a.m. CDT) Saturday that the remaining hostages would be released "within 24 hours without any conditions." The statement said "all th< remaining hostages were safe as of last night." Amman radio broadcasts monitored la Beirut give the names of 23 hostages to Jorda- nian bands, but reception was poor and monitors missed some official In Amman told newsmen in Ihe Jordanian capital that the captives would be handed over to the Internationa! Red Cross through Egypt's embassy in Amman "without conditions." A pooled dispatch from west- ern correspondents in Amman said the Popular Front claimed il had decided to hand the host- ages over to the Red Cross through Ihe Egyptian Embassy because the guerrilla leaders felt it unsafe lo deal directly with the Jordanian military. Air Texas officials In Grand Prairie announced Saturday that the line is suspending its regularly scheduled flights, including those to Abilene, effective Sunday, because the airline operations failed to reach the expected profit level. Clifford J. Osborn, president of Texstar, of which Air Texas is a subsidiary, said that this means an end to all flight operations, including charier and freight service. Osborn said the continued operation of the airline would "not be in the best interest of T e x s t a r s stockholders. However, it was noted that operation of Texstar's Air Centers in Fort Worth, at Meacham Field, and at Gregg County Airport will not be affected. Texas International flights will provide service from Abilene to all the cities that Air Texas flew into, except Midland-Odessa, according to TI's local manager Carlos Talley. "It's a shame they had to close said Talley. "We always worked well with the Air Texas people. Whenever either of us needed help, the other would pitch in and fill the gaps whenever possible." Glenn Meeks, manager of the Abilene Municipal Airport, said "We hate to see them pull out. Of course I realize business is slow, but I'm optimistic that business will pick up soon." Commenting on the effect the move will have on the Key City, Meeks said "They (Air Texas) operated 4 flights a day, and boarded an average of 200 passengers each month. Their pulling out will affect WHERE IT RAINED ABILENE .............2-Day Total Municipal Airport .15 .29 Total for Year 16.34 Normal for Year 17.67 TODAY'S NEWS INDEX Af the President's Commiition on Campus Unrest report- ed Saturday, two of the where violence flared lort spring were beginning a new year in an atmosphere of ap- prehensive calm. Associated Press writers catch the mood on the campuses at Kent State and Jackson Slate in stories on Page 8-A. 1 1.1 4-1 3-1 2-1 ClmHM 7-1 2-D 2-1 Me Earlier, an Egyptian embassy L Punk 2-1 13-C 10-A a.s HM'MI' rl 10-1 TV T.fc..........SwMm I 1-A WMMU'I 1-11, 14-C BALLINGER BIG SPRING BLACK WELL BRADY BRECKENRIDGE CISCO COLOR ADO CITY COMANCHE DE EASTLAND GOHEE KNOX MORAN PAINT ROCK PUTNAM RISING STAR SANTA ANNA TUSCOLA WINTERS operations, and the airport will lose approximately per month in office space rent and landing fees." Air Texas employed three women at the Abilene airport. Wanda Olsen was the full-time station agent, and Fay Barr and Mrs. Sam Moser worked part- time. Other dtfes affected by the suspension are Fort Worth, Dallas, Tyler, L o n g v i e w Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Midland-Odessa. Heavy Rain Pelts Area Cooler temperatures and Ihundershowers continued in the Big Country Saturday, with Easlland leading the rain list with 2.70 Inches, followed closely by Comanche with 2.50 inches and Brownwood with 2.25 inches. However, the Weather Bureau is calling for fair and warmer weather Sunday through Monday. The high In Abilene Saturday was 63 degrees, which is exactly 25 degrees lower than it was on the same date last year. Abilene received only .15 inch Salurday, while smaller towns in the area were recording two day totals of over two Inches. Among them were Brownwood with 225 for two days; Comanche with 2.50; DC Leon with 2.10; Rising Star, 2.28; Easlland with 2.70. Receiving over an inch were Ballinger, 1.60 inches; Brady, one bich; Dublin, 1.90 incises; Moran, one inch; Santa Anna, 1.70 Inches; Stepheavllle, and Paint Rock, 1.10. fe   

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