Children

Brickbat: They Are Making a List

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Anita Belle's granddaughter accused her of spanking her, prompting an investigation by Michigan's Child Protective Services (CPS). The investigation cleared her of abuse, but CPS placed Belle on a state registry of child abusers anyway. A Detroit TV station reports that the list includes the names of about 275,000 people. Those people haven't necessarily been charged with, much less convicted of, any crimes. And many people aren't even aware their names are on the list, since all it takes is one CPS worker to decide they should be on there to end up on the list.