Monday, September 1 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:58:30 GMT
(WMC) - For the 27th year in a row, Olympic Career Training Institute (OCTI) fed hundreds of people in the Mid-South. It's called the "We Care Cookout," and it was held at Trinity United Methodist Church. CommunityMore >>
For the 27th year in a row, Olympic Career Training Institute fed hundreds of people in the Mid-South.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:48:25 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis leaders are working to make downtown parking garages safer. Seven of the city's downtown garages are monitored by Downtown Parking Commission, but the rest have no standards. Some downtownMore >>
Memphis leaders are working to make downtown parking garages safer. More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 1:43 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:43:27 GMT
(WMC) - Parents in DeSoto County will soon be able to drop off their recycling at the same time they drop their kids off at school. DeSoto County Board of Supervisors, DeSoto County Schools, and MississippiMore >>
Parents in DeSoto County will soon be able to drop off their recycling at the same time they drop their kids off at school. More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-09-01 14:24:34 GMT
Thousands of runners are expected to lace up and participate in what's become a Labor Day tradition in Memphis.More >>
Thousands of runners laced up their sneakers to take part in what has become a Labor Day tradition for many in Memphis. More >>
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -
12 Investigates has uncovered more problems with Richmond's Department of Social Services in the heartbreaking stories of four babies, who've died in the city in just the last few months. Their families all had prior contact with Child Protective Services.
Social workers reached out because they say the situation for Richmond's children has gotten so bad and so dangerous. Those with decade's worth of experience tell us four deaths in this short period of time is too many and outside of the norm.
Since, these four lives taken far too soon involved families already on the system's radar, the state is investigating each one of them.
A tragic scene we told you about this past June had people wondering what went wrong. A mother was pulled off the roof of her burning Church Hill home, while her 18-month-old son was inside. Both later died. At the time, neighbors told us Ava Marcus had been acting erratically. Now, sources say Marcus had mental health issues and her case was referred to Child Protective Services, but nothing was ever done.
Then in November, one of a set of twins was found dead. Originally, investigators believed this was simply a co-sleeping death, but after further examination, sources tell NBC12 the mother acknowledged giving the child over-the-counter medications so she could have some peace. We're told CPS had already been involved in that home because of the poor living conditions. After the child's death, the other children were removed from the home, according to those familiar with the situation.
Three weeks later, children were removed from a different home after another baby died. The mother had a history with CPS and wasn't supposed to be unsupervised with her children, according to insiders, but, she walked to the hospital with the baby dead in a stroller.
After those two, the man brought in to clean up DSS says the agency looked into the circumstances.
"What lessons did we learn," Stephen Harms said they asked. "Are there key indicators that could help us better pinpoint where a serious injury or death could occur?"
But still, another tragedy struck less than two weeks ago. We're told the family had previous contact with the system, but at this point, they don't know the circumstances behind that child's death.
The state is in the process of evaluating these cases to see what was done and if there are issues that need to be addressed within the city agency. No word on when the assessments will be complete.
Harms said the agency is putting together revised procedures that they will consider using to better screen situations. The current program manager, who was investigated in the scathing DSS audit NBC12 was first to tell you about, is helping draft those standards.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
Sunday, August 31 2014 9:43 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:43:43 GMT
Rescue crews are looking for a missing boater who was last seen jumping from a boat in the Pamunkey River off of Cumberland Road. New Kent Sheriff's Office and the New Kent Fire-Rescue were notified aroundMore >>
Rescue crews are looking for a missing boater who was last seen jumping from a boat in the Pamunkey River off of Cumberland Road.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 6:41 AM EDT2014-08-29 10:41:28 GMT
(WMC) - A Shelby County Schools teacher is suspended after being accused of hitting a special needs student with a stick. The child has DiGeorge Syndrome, which affects her speech. Family members sayMore >>
A Shelby County Schools teacher is suspended after being accused of hitting a special needs student with a stick.