Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 27, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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—————— ...........jjOTH YEAR, NO. 104 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 27, 1970—SEVENTY-SIX PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS-
10c DAILY—25c SUNDAYThe Child Abuser: Who Should Be Stopping Him?
CAMPUS UNREST REPORTLaw 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 stepfather 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 tip — four days after the child was taken to the hospital.
Police also did not know of the I suspected beating injury of Stephanie Monteith last January until they were called by The I Reporter • News for information in the case the next morning. Stephanie died and her father was convicted of murder without .malice.
Still a third child, this time a two - month - old girl with bruises on her body, was treated by a local doctor around the I same time as the Monteith child. Again, though the Child Welfare Office had been notified, the police were not.
These cases point up a disturbing facet of the handling of child complaints cases in Taylor County: in the reporting, investigation and criminal prosecution of such cases, it is at best a haphazard affair.
The guidelines on who’s supposed to do what are almost non • existent, responsibility is divided and communication less than satisfactory between the three agencies involved: the police, the district attorney’s office and the Child Welfare office. Worse, there is an admitted gap in the law.
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.
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 abuse,” says one local physician, “it’s my responsibility to notify the child welfare office. If it is a serious injury, I would also notify the police.”
The line here is a thin one: the doctor 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 that, 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 protected,” says Beulah Love, head of the Taylor County Child Welfare. “Then, of course, I cooperate with the district attorney’s office and the police.”
State law says only that she must “bring matters of child abuse to the district attorney and the district court,” 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 environment,” and after 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
CAFF. GEORGE SUTTON ... chief of detectives
WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of President’s Commission on Campus Unrest told President Nixon Saturday he must exercise greater leadership if violence is to be curbed and tensions eased between young and old.
Chairman William Scranton commented shortly before release of the commission’s report to the President which blames government actions and inactions at all levels for the crisis on the college campuses. Both trigger-happy officers and student terrorists are called criminals.
The report accuses some law enforcement officers of unwarranted harshness but also asserts some school administrators have been too lenient.
In urging Nixon to assert moral leadership to achieve an understanding between opposing factions, Scranton, Republican former governor of Pennsylvania, said at a news conference:
“Up to now—since the episodes of this spring—there has not been the kind of leadership to bring about the kind of reconciliation 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 established last spring soon after the killings at Kent State in Ohio and Jackson State in Mississippi called for an end to the Vietnam war, and said this lo Nixon in its published report:
“It is imperative that the President bring us together before more lives are lost and more property destroyed and more universities disrupted.
“We recommend that the President seek to convince public officials and protesters alike that divisive and insulting rhetoric is dangerous.”
Appearing at the news conference with the entire commission, 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 recommendation of the commission in whole or in part. As for asserting moral leadership to lessen discord, Finch said, “I think he has taken steps in that direction.”
As to the recommendation calling for a less volatile form of rhetoric, Finch at first said he didn’t think the commission was referring to Agnew. Under
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pressure from reporters, Finch then said:
“You’ll have to ask Gov. Scranton that. I’m not going to
pass judgment on individuals in 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, faculiy members and agitators are bent on destruction of universities.
Nixon has not read the report. Scranton said the President plans to read it and confer with him after the presidential trip to Europe which begins Sunday.
A presidential aide said that when Scranton submitted the report Nixon told him, “I can assure 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 removal from campuses and vigorous prosecution of perpetrators of violence.
At the same time, the commission accused some authorities of abuse of power.
“Too many law enforcement officers have responded with unwarranted 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
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Kelly Smith, son of 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)
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Air Texas Suspends Service Due to Profit
Guerrillas Free Hostages
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -Radio Amman announced Saturday that the remaining hostages from three hijacked airliners— all believed to be Americans— were freed by Palestinian guerrillas and are in the hands of Jordanian authorities.
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Airline passenger lists had indicated 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 (UNS) — Voters in the Baird Independent School District Saturday turned down $275,000 in bonds for a new library and gymnasium and improvements to existing structures.
The vote was 246 against and »6 for issuance of the bonds.
In March, 1970, the Texai Education Agency told the district to take steps to preserve its accreditation. The agency recommended: construction of a new junior high library; a!Hj junior high science lahoretoryB new vocational banding! classroom mid shop; anil gymnasium; and remodeling!! the existing gymnasium.^™
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immediate loss of accreditation 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 improvements, even lf they are not those in this bond election,” he said.
The proposed bonds would have added 9 cents to the district*! present tax rate of 29 centi per $100 valuation. The district owes $178,750 for bonds maturing through 198k
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 54 hostages held by the guerrillas since the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine — PFLP — masterminded the hijack of the three western jetliners to Jordan Sept. 6 and 9.
Sixteen British, Swiss and West German hostages released in Jordan Friday arrived in London Saturday night, smiling but weary, aboard a British Royal Air Force plane.
The Popular Front announced at 3:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. CDT) Saturday that the remaining hostages would be released “within 24 hours without any conditions.”
Hie statement said “all the remaining hostages were safe as of last night.”
Amman radio broadcasts monitored In Beirut givt the names of 23 hostages in Jordanian hands, but recaption was poor and monitors missed soma details.
Earlier, an Egyptian embassy
official in Amman told newsmen in the Jordanian capital that the captives would be handed over to the International Red Cross through Egypt’s embassy in Amman “without conditions.”
A pooled dispatch from western correspondents in Amman said the Popular Front claimed it had decided to hand the hostages over to the Red Cross through the Egyptian Embassy because the guerrilla leaders felt it unsafe to 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 ail flight operations, including charter and freight service. Osborn said the
continued operation of the
airline would hot be In the best interest of Texstar’s
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 down,” 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
Municipal Airport .. .15 .29 Total for Year .... 16.34 Normal for Year .. 17.67
TODAY’S NEWS INDEX
As lh* President's Commission on Campus Unrest reported Saturday, two of tho col logos whore violence flared lost spring wort beginning a new year in on atvnosphoro of apprehensive calm.
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operations, and the airport will lose approximately $200 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 parttime.
Other cities affected by the suspension are Fort Worth, Dallas, Tyler, Longview, Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Midland-Odessa.
Heavy Rain Pelts Area
Cooler temperatures and thundershowers continued in the Big Country Saturday, with Eastland 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 Saturday, while smaller towns in the area were recording two -day totals of over two inches.
Among them were Brownwood with 2.25 for two days;
Comanche with 2.50; De Leon with 2.10; Rising Star, 2.28; Eastland with 2.70.
Receiving over an inch were Ballinger, 1.50 inches; Brady, one inch; Dublin, 1.90 indies; Moran, one inch; Santa Anna, 1.70 inches; Stephenville, Iii; and Paint Rock, 1.10. j