Shari Pulliam

When Hurricane Harvey rained down on Southeast Texas at the end of August, hundreds of children already uprooted from their homes due to incidences of abuse and neglect yet again had their lives thrown into turmoil. Some lost all.

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Child Protective Services (CPS) staff and other child advocates gathered for a press conference Friday, April 7, at the fire museum pavilion in downtown Beaumont.

“CPS completed 166,753 investigations that confirmed 58,664 children were victims of abuse or neglect in Texas last year,” Shari Pulliam, Beaumont’s CPS spokesperson, said in a release, calling child abuse “a big problem” in Texas.

“More than 200 children in Texas died due to abuse or neglect last year,” she said.

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Southeast Texans who answered the desperate need for foster parents

“Finally.”

It was the day 17-year-old Destiny McCrea had waited on for seven long years. She was officially part of a family.

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Christine Johnson and Baby Faith Mason, before and after injuries

Christine Johnson, found guilty of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury and injury to a child by omission, has been sentenced to 65 years in prison. She will be given credit for the two years she was jailed before her trial and will be eligible for parole in 28 years.

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Christine Johnson and Baby Faith

A trial date of June 30 has been set for Christine Johnson, the mother accused of the sustained and acute abuse of her daughter, Baby Faith Mason, in August 2013.

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Child abuse prevention in Orange County

At the Orange County Commissioners Court meeting Monday, April 14, commissioners proclaimed April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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