CPS involvement

Dallas Morning News/May 11, 2008

Marleigh Meisner, a spokeswoman for Child Protective Services, said CPS has investigated at least 20 cases involving House of Yahweh members in recent years.

  • Two cases resulted in the removal of children, including four taken from the home of Yedidiyah Hawkins

  • Officials removed two children from a home after a mother and her neighbor performed surgery on a 7-year-old girl who later died

  • CPS officials also investigated the death of a 1-year-old child who died of malnutrition and traumatic asphyxiation. Investigators found "reason to believe" the death was from medical and physical neglect. No criminal charges were brought in that case

  • Ms. Meisner declined to talk about any ongoing investigations or whether she believes abuse and neglect pervades the group

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