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WSAZ - Multiple Kanawha Valley law enforcement agencies have teamed to investigate people trafficking children and soliciting minors in the area. Sheriff Mike Rutherford said Mark Alan Armstead, 59, of Dunbar, was arrested for soliciting and traveling to engage in sex with a minor. Investigators said he was caught trying to lure a year-old boy to meet him to engage in sex acts. Investigators said he was caught trying to lure a year-old girl to meet him to engage in sex acts.
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If you have a subscription, please Log In. Your current subscription does not provide access to this content. If you believe you've gotten this message in error, please Log In. Click isupportlocal for more information on supporting our local journalists. In earlyan year-old girl in West Virginia told her stepmother that her father had impregnated her. Her father had a criminal history of abuse, which state documents show the DHHR knew. The agency also is required to perform a criminal background check on kinship caregivers.
But, according to the lawsuitthe department tasked with putting the girl in a safe home sent her to live with him anyway. The girl, who is now 21, is suing the DHHR for negligence and violating a of state laws that mandate Child Protective Services workers remove children from dangerous situations.
The therapist conveyed the information to the DHHR. Others, including a friend of the stepmother, called Child Protective Services to report the news of who had impregnated the girl, as well. Additionally, the father was arrested for a domestic battery incident in The lawsuit says CPS left the daughter in the home after the arrest. She went through a terrible, terrible thing for a of years. The lawsuit alleges that the DHHR failed to uphold its legal responsibility to properly investigate the home placement and sexual assault allegations.
The case lingered in the Cabell County court systems for years, and the man avoided jail time for the incest charges by entering into a plea deal.
He was placed on probation in for five years. The lawsuit comes on the heels of a legislative audit that revealed CPS workers employed by the DHHR failed in to investigate half of the reports of child abuse in a timely manner, leaving children in danger.
Barber said that, in this case, CPS did act in a timely manner during the one time it was under a state-mandated response time after the girl told adults her father raped her. The DHHR is seeking to have dismissed a federal class-action lawsuit filed earlier this year in which the nonprofit A Better Childhood claims the state has mistreated children in foster care. Among its allegations, the lawsuit said the DHHR failed to employ and retain an adequate of appropriately trained caseworkers. Thank you for reading!
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