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5 Year Old Abused and Teacher Doesn’t Even Report It

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Cynthia_Stamps-JonesBy Dr. Sinclair Grey III

A school counselor was arrested in Clayton County, Ga for not reporting the suspected abuse of a 5-year-old child. Cynthia Stamps-Jones has been charged with failing to report the abuse. According to reports, Stamp-Jones made several attempts at contacting the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) to report the abuse but to no avail.

“The Board of Education employee, who is also a Riverdale councilwoman, claims that no one at the child services organization ever picked up the phone. Stamps-Jones’ attorney, Keith Martin, told Channel 2 Action News his client not only contacted her superiors at work but the school board office as well.” Her attorney went on to report, ‘she did on the morning of the 8th. The afternoon of the 8th. The morning of the 9th,” Martin said. “And ultimately, she called police on the morning of the 10th.”

Georgia law states that suspected child abuse must be reported within a 24-hour window.

In looking at her documentation, Stamp-Jones appeared to have followed the protocol of reporting the suspected abuse. Apparently, that wasn’t enough to satisfy the higher-ups. As an additional note in the warrant affidavits, Stamp-Jones took photographs to accompany her documents.

The county’s Board of Education is conducting an investigation to find out what happened. It appears as though someone has dropped the ball and it’s going to be up to those in charge to determine who is responsible for failing to follow up.

So far, the school has been quiet on the matter waiting for the Board of Education to render their decision. This story will eventually uncover who is ultimately responsible for not taking any action in helping a 5-year-old child facing abuse. All we can do is wait to find out the details and in the meantime, let’s be mindful and watchful of any child facing abuse.

Source: Newsone

Dr. Sinclair Grey III is an inspirational speaker, motivator, author, organizer and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for communal change. Email: drgrey@sinclairgrey.org. Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey

323 Comments

  1. Nes

    January 17, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    It depend on the description of what they are claiming as abuse. We need more specifics of the abuse.

  2. gwendolyn aguirre

    January 18, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Well the article states that she took pictures to validate her claim she had to take pictures of something that she in her skill training and craft would indicate something!!!

  3. J. D. Hill

    January 18, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Looks as if Cynthia Stamps-Jones is being made the scape-goat here and that any failed attempts on her part to contact the proper authorities were, at best, an error in judgment as to who was actually responsible for taking the matter from her hands.
    Glad that Stamps-Jones has an attorney. Hope that her attorney can get her enough to retire on comfortably for the rest of her life!
    This article is woefully lacking in specifics. Apparently, its author has no training in journalistic reporting.

  4. mmdccbslm

    January 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    the headline is a stupid lie

  5. Danny Boy

    January 18, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    This is terrible but it is nothing new for DFACS in Georgia. This agency has a history of not responding to child abuse reports. An 11 year old little girl recently was abused and eventually was killed by her parents who had been reported to DFACS on several occasions.

    Yet, these types of incidents continue to happen. No matter who is hired to run this agency, they can’t seem to get workers to do their jobs and follow-up on child abuse cases. Yet the agency is underfunded and understaffed. It’s as if children don’t matter anymore. Where is the moral indignation from the Governor and the state for allowing these conditions to continue? And it’s not just Georgia. It’s seems to happen in most of our states.

  6. LarryJ

    January 18, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    As former parole officer, while visiting a parolee’s residence, I did noticed an alleged abused child. I questioned the people at that residence and the child. Not convince by their answers to my questions. I left their residence and called 911 from the outside of their building. I waited for the police and told them of my suspect of child abuse and neglect. I went back to that apartment with police and child abuse was determined upon examination of the child involved. Police called an ambulance for the child and arrested the child’s mother and my parolee. The child was found to have a VD INFECTION, FRACTURED LEG AND CIGARETTE BURNS….! You never leave an abused/neglected child in harm’s way because you cannot reach an agency by phone……And to think that this woman is a counselor and elected official, she should be in jail…

  7. PRAYERFUL

    January 19, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    This is so sad. It happens all the time.
    I do not feel the counselor should go to jail, She did all the proper chain of action.
    Yes, she could have gone to the house. Yes she could have called the police immediately.
    Having taught for over 40 years,we were liable to report any suspected abuse.
    Children, are very informative, when they trust someone,hoever, they are very protective of their abusers.

    My prayer is that this child, has the protection she needs.

    Child abuse, domestic violence and sexual abuse are among the leading crimes against children, teenagers and women.
    It is so upsetting that this counselor, is being attacked and not the DCFS.

    We have no conception, of how many children are abused every day.
    As adults, we have to know the signs, and be very conscientious of those signs.

    Anyone, can go on national websites and learn about child abuse and other acts of violence.
    Also, know the laws, citizens can be liable,if they know of these acts and do nothing.
    It is not easy to just go and take a child, from a home.
    In the case of the parole officer, there was obvious endangerment and abuse to that child.
    This is why it is so IMPORTANT, that parents , grandparents ,friends, neighbors, are aware and careful of who they leave their children with.
    Unfortunately child abusers, are often a family member, or someone close to the family.
    Keep your feelers out for any abnormal behavior in a child.
    Just make sure, that you get the evidence and the facts.
    Not only, are you to report any suspicious abuse;
    But you must be “careful”, that you do not falsely accuse.
    Better to be wrong, than for a child to die.

    I pray that everyone, who encounters children every day, is someone, who will not abuse a child.
    Child abuse, is more than a severe spanking. Please know the signs.

    Go to your local DCFS,police dept, school administrators,churces and work towards educating your community.
    Do not turn your head.
    A child’s life is precious, All life is precious. There are however some really mentally/emotionally and sometimes spiritually ill, violent people who see your child every day.
    That is not to say, that your child is in danger every day, but you must know, who is the care giver for your child.

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