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Child Protective Services

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Letter: Don’t let abused children slip through the cracks during summer break

Since teachers are often the first to see signs that a child may have been abused, community members must pick up the slack when school is out of session, CASA of Central Texas Executive Director NORMA CASTILLA-BLACKWELL writes.

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Police: Baby severely abused by San Marcos man

A San Marcos man allegedly abused his infant son, causing him to suffer several broken bones and other injuries, police say.

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Brown Santa helps 2,100 children during holidays

The Hays County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) recently announced that the Brown Santa Program for 2009 was a huge success. HCSO Lieutenant Dennis Gutierrez, who spearheaded the program, said Brown Santa assisted 580 families and approximately 2,100 children...

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

County contracts with ADR firm

Hays County Commissioners signed off on a program for alternative dispute resolution two weeks ago, giving low-income residents an inexpensive means for resolving civil disputes.

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

County aims for dispute resolution system

Hays County residents may soon have quicker, less expensive and more flexible means of resolving family and civil disputes, even if the change isn’t universally embraced in the local legal profession. County Commissioners voted 4-1 last week...

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Jury finds dad guilty of brutally abusing his kids

After about 16 hours of deliberation, a Hays County jury today returned with 14 guilty verdicts for the Dripping Springs man who repeatedly bit, beat, starved and otherwise abused his three children.