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Young victims in need of services before they become tomorrow's abusers

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Who are some of the youth now receiving services paid for by the county’s Family and Children Fund? Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper provided an outline of Porter County youth now in residential treatment programs, including:

•Jessica, 14, was being disruptive in school and at home and has been adjudicated on counts of battery, conversion and being a runaway. A victim of repeated sexual abuse, she has serious substance abuse issues. Her mother worked midnights, and Jessica did whatever she wanted when alone. She has been placed in a residential program outside of Porter County since May.

•Jesse, 14, has a lengthy record, including offenses involving drugs and battery. His mother died from a drug overdose. He was passed around from home to home but his custodial relatives cannot take him due to his violent outbursts. He was placed at an out-of-county institution, but failed his placement by committing new delinquent acts and has since been relocated.

•Ashley, 17, was using heroin on a regular basis while on probation and in detention. She has been diagnosed with a depressive disorder and substance dependence. She has been in an out-of-county residential program in August of last year.

•Jennifer, 15, has been adjudicated on counts of fraud, battery, theft and other offenses. She has violated the terms of her probation several times, and has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. She was placed in an in-county residential treatment program but has had to be hospitalized due to a suicide plan.

•James, 16, has been adjudicated on four counts of child molesting and has been diagnosed with a schizophreniform disorder. He has been in an out-of-county treatment program since April of last year.

•Jeremy, 16, is a ward of the state after his parent’s rights were terminated. He had been adjudicated on battery and other offenses and has been diagnosed with antisocial and narcissistic personality traits. He has failed a foster home placement as well as an out-of-county placement and is now in an out-of-state institution since no Indiana program will take him.

•Robert, 19, was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, has been diagnosed with ADHD and impulse control, and has a criminal record. His father committed suicide when he was 5.

•Danielle, 16, has been adjudicated on counts of theft, criminal mischief and being a runaway. She has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, ADHD and substance abuse. She was missing school and was physically abusive towards her parents.

•Crystal, 15, has been adjudicated on a drug charge and being a runaway. She has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. Her family members have all been through the criminal justice program. Her mother reports that she has no control over her daughter.

 

Posted 8/19/2005