Wheeling man accused of sexually abusing a foster child in his care

Updated: Friday, August 14 2015, 05:40 PM EDT WHEELING, W.Va. -- A Wheeling man has been accused of sexually abusing a foster child in his care. West Virginia State Police say the girl was from another area of the state and living in Ohio County. The alleged abuse was reported when she returned home. Lance Jackson allegedly gave a 17-year-old girl in his care drugs and then sexually abused her. Now he's in jail facing a lengthy prison stay. Jackson is from Wheeling, and according to reports, he and his wife cared for several foster children. West Virginia State Police Sgt. Matthew Adams with the Crimes Against Children Task Force says he believes Jackson also has a drug problem that he shared with at least one foster child. “The victim in the crime had disclosed that there were incidents when the defendant, when Mr. Jackson, would purchase heroin prior to and after the alleged acts took place,” Adams said. The alleged victim has been taken out of the Jackson family's care. The wife has not been charged with any crime. Lance Jackson is charged with sexual abuse. He faces 10-20 years in prison and his bond is set at $125,000. He is in the Northern Regional Jail. 

CPS addresses foster care child abuse allegations of slain children

Author: Gianna Caserta, Reporter, gcaserta@click2houston.com
There are new developments regarding the children who were killed and their history with Children's Protective Services, specifically a judge's allegations that they were abused in foster care.
Valerie Jackson, her six children and her husband, Dwayne Jackson Sr., were slain in their northwest Harris County home Saturday. Her long-time, on-again, off-again boyfriend, David Conley, is accused in their murders.
In 2013, CPS removed the children from Jackson's custody.
Joyce Watson, the executive director with the Good Hearts Youth and Family Services Child Placing Agency, would not go on camera but spoke with KPRC 2 over the phone.
Watson said Judge Glenn Devlin's allegations regarding physical abuse in foster care are false. She said they placed three of the Jackson/Conley children in foster care, but said they were never physically abused while in their care.
Watson's comments come a day after Devlin wrote a letter explaining why he dismissed the family's case.
"The court learned that one or more of the children that had been removed by CPS were being subjected to physical abuse by the foster family," the judge wrote. "I signed a standing order that day which said no foster children under the Jurisdiction of the 313th District Court shall be placed in the home of the foster family of Good Hearts and Youth and Family Services Child Placing Agency. I further ordered any children at that home to immediately be removed."
CPS said the Residential Child Care Licensing staff investigated the physical abuse allegations but they were ruled out.
The Department of Family and Protective Services sent a memo to state lawmakers, outlining the agency's history with the family.
Devlin's decision has come under scrutiny since the killings.
"They (CPS) never stated that were was a belief the children were in immediate physical danger form any person or parent," he said.
CPS said the case is still being reviewed by the Office of Child Safety and a full report is expected soon.

A memorial service for all eight victims will be held at noon Monday, Aug. 17, at Fallbrook Church 12512 at Walters Road in Houston.

Wake held for Auburn foster child as police continue to investigate her death

AUBURN, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- It's been five days since two young foster children went unresponsive at an Auburn home and one of them passed away. Investigators have yet to say how 2-year-old Ava Conway Coxon died and what left a 22 month old clinging to life.
Coxon's loved ones attended a wake Thursday night, to say goodbye.
No one faces any charges and investigators still have not released a cause of death. They say they're waiting for the results of toxicology reports.
They have searched the Auburn duplex three times, but have released limited details about what they're looking for and why.
The children's foster mom, Kimberly Malpass, is now at the center of a DCF investigation. No ones knows, at least publicly, what happened to the two young girls. The foster mom's sister told us this week that her family want answers too, and she defended Malpass.
"My sister is an amazing person what's in her heart is that she's taking in these children to be there for them and let them live in her home and be normal and have the  best life until they can be reunited with their parents," Tamari Malpass said.
Sources tell FOX25 that investigators are looking at whether overheating contributed to the death and injuries. In addition to searching the home, they immediately towed away Malpass's SUV.
Ava's biological family has railed against the state for their handling of the little girl's case. Her mother has been in and out of drug rehab, but the family says they were fighting to get her back.
Her biological father, David Coxon, said, "All I want is answers, true answers."


6-Month-Old Foster Child Badly Injured

East Windsor police want to know how a baby in foster care was injured and why it took the Department of Children and Families several hours to report the case. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015)
East Windsor police are investigating after a 6-month-old boy was brought to Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford with bruises all over his body on Tuesday.
The baby, a foster child living in the Broad Brook section of East Windsor, was healthy and fine during an appointment with his pediatrician early Tuesday afternoon, according to police.
He was then dropped off for a supervised visit with his biological mother and grandmother and was injured when his foster parents picked up later that evening.
"The child has injuries to the front and back of the head, torso and arms and eyes," said Det. Matthew Carl of the East Windsor Police Department.
The baby was admitted to the hospital around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Police said his injuries are not life threatening.
Around 11 p.m., six hours after the child was brought in for medical attention, the Department of Children and Family Services reported that a baby with significant injuries had been brought in for medical care hours earlier, according to police.
"We are conducting a joint investigation into the baby's condition with the East Windsor Police Department whom we notified last evening," DCF officials said in a statement Wednesday. "The Department has already been in consultation with medical experts to assist us in determining the nature and origin of this child's injuries and to provide necessary treatment."
The foster and biological parents are cooperating with the investigation. No charges have been filed.
"We are working with DCF on the matter about the whereabouts where the child was throughout the course of the day," Carl said.

Police ask anyone with information to call the East Windsor Police Department's anonymous tip line at 860-292-8252 or email Det. Scott Roberts atrobertss@eastwindsorpd.com.