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Failure to Protect

Grade Levels: 9 - 12
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  • Failure to Protect. The Caseworker Files.

    In "The Caseworker Files," FRONTLINE follows caseworkers in Maine's Department of Human Services as they confront the heart wrenching decision of whether or not to remove children should from their homes. Here are three of their stories: Twenty-three-year-old Shaleigh Anthony puts her training to the test as she faces her first case involving allegations of serious neglect; veteran caseworker David Greeley realizes, after six months of working with 10-year-old Matthew and his father Keith, that he has to remove the boy, despite the tight bond between father and son; and Robin Whitney evaluates Shirley, who doesn't believe her daughter when she says she was sexually molested by Dan, Shirley's boyfriend.

    Length: 01:56:28
  • Failure to Protect. The Taking of Logan Marr.

    Part One, "The Taking of Logan Marr," tells the tragic story of a young girl who was killed while in state custody. On Jan. 31, 2001, 5-year-old Logan Marr was found dead in her foster mother's home in Chelsea, Maine. The foster mother, Sally Schofield, was a highly respected former caseworker for Maine's Department of Human Services (DHS). She would later be convicted of manslaughter after police determined that Logan had died from asphyxiation in Sally's basement, where she had been bound with duct tape and strapped into a high chair.

    Length: 00:57:20



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