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Rogue CPS Worker Repeatedly Called the Cops on a Completely Innocent Family

Eventually, the family caught her in the act. She now faces a misdemeanor charge.

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“They threw their child against the wall!”

That’s what an anonymous caller told Kentucky's Child Protective Services about Corey Chaney, 25, and April Rogers, 23, the sixth time she called. How horrifying! But not the way you think.

While the parents had been reported five times in about as many months for crimes that included dangling their baby over a balcony, they were cleared each time. 

What was going on?

A reign of CPS-inspired terror. It's surprisingly easy to pull off.

A rogue social worker who lived downstairs from Chaney and Rogers and had it in for her upstairs neighbors knew exactly how CPS works. All she had to do was pick up the phone and call the child abuse hotline. Callers can remain anonymous, and the police rush right in. As The Courier-Journal reports:

The first time it happened, on April 1, the young couple thought it must be an April Fool’s joke.

Several Elizabethtown Police officers appeared at the door around 10 p.m. to check on them and their baby â€" asleep in her crib â€" following an anonymous report the couple, one of them holding the girl, had engaged in a drunken fight outside.

Corey Chaney, 25, and April Rodgers, 23, who are engaged, were dumbfounded, having spent a quiet evening at home having dinner with friends.

“We asked if it was an April Fool’s joke,” Chaney said. “Then we realized it was serious.”

Even worse, it was the first of a series of such calls â€" all false and all late at night, repeatedly sending police and state social workers to the couple’s Elizabethown apartment, disrupting their lives and leaving them panicked that the state might try to take their baby.

By the third time police were summoned to the home, they were getting suspiciousâ€"not of the couple, but of the caller. But they couldn’t just refuse to investigate, which is what makes the system so easy to use as a weapon. The caller, Beth A. Bond, knew this only too well, because she was a CPS worker herself. As the couple's lawyer, Barry Sullivan, explained:

“The bottom line is that there was a social worker allowed to run amok because there’s a system in place to protect anonymous callers.” …

Sullivan, who said he has years of experience in family law in Kentucky including cases of alleged abuse and neglect, said officials at the Hardin County social service office brushed him off when he asked them to look into the unusual nature of the calls against the couple. Officials told him they were just following policy and procedure by investigating each call, he said.

Rodgers said the couple pleaded with workers with Child Protective Services to consider whether someone was making false calls.

“We asked CPS, how many calls are you going to take before you realize this isn’t true,” Chaney said. “They said, ‘Oh, we have to respond to every call.’ ”

It wasn't until the couple themselves hatched a plan to catch the neighbor at her tricks that finally the tables were turned:

Each time a case against them was about to be closed as unsubstantiated, [the couple knew that] a call with new allegations would come into the CPS hotline, triggering a new investigation. Knowing a current case was about to be closed, and anticipating a new hotline call, Chaney and Rodgers took their daughter and left their home to stay with Chaney’s parents.

The couple alerted Elizabethtown police about their plans.

The first night they were away, May 22, a call came into the abuse hotline reporting that Chaney had become violent and thrown the baby against the wall. 

Another call followed on May 23, alleging a disturbance at the couple’s apartment. Police went to the apartment but found no one home.

A few days later, police charged Bond and [her fiance Joseph] Applegate with six misdemeanor offenses involving the false reports.

Rodgers said she wept “tears of joy” at the news after weeks of fearing she might lose custody of her baby over false allegations.

“We were so scared that someone was going to take her away,” Rodgers said.

Chaney said he’s relieved by the arrest but disappointed it’s just a minor offense.

“You can tear someone’s family apart and it’s a misdemeanor,” he said.

Exactly. And sometimes, there's no misdemeanor at all. Anyone with a grudge can call the CPS hotline and open an investigation into an ex-girlfriend, a despised relative, or an annoying neighbor.

Diane Redleaf is founder of the Family Defense Center, a non-profit that fights CPS overreach. As she notes, "The problems with our overloaded child welfare system start with a child abuse hotline that doesn't check the bona fides of the people who are calling it."

Redleaf says that anonymous calls should be scrutinized closely, to see if they are simply vindictive. Too often they are. Says Redleaf, "Hotline reform at both the state and the national level to tailor calls to children truly in danger is urgently needed."

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  1. “What right to face your accuser?”

    ~CPS

    1. Since they lived adjacent, they probably faced them on a daily basis.

      1. Misdemeanor? That’s an ass-kickin’ offense.

        1. She should be sent to “Pound you in the ass prison” for this shit…

          1. Prison cells are a scarce and expensive resource. They should get 1 hour in the pillory per count.

          2. I would just quietly wait a few years. then be ‘surprised’ when something horrible happened to the asshole.

        2. I have a coworker who, upon seeing a story like this, will say “in my country we don’t mess around. We just go get that guy and put a tire around his neck [and set him on fire]”

          I know enough about his country to know he’s not making it up. Sometimes, like say, in this case, I think we need a little of his country in our country…

          1. The question is, which party in this story would have ended up getting the necklacing treatment before the truth got out?

            1. There is that. Maybe if necklacing were an on-the-books punishment, meted out after a trial with evidentiary standards… equal protection, right?

              Serious question — what’s the actual breakdown between real and crank calls to anonymous tip lines? How often do tips become actual leads?

              1. Those types of determinations would require that CPS actually keep logs, and perhaps recordings, of all their HotLine calls. Without records, it’s all just guess work.

              2. More than half of 911 calls are fake. I imagine it’s similar for CPS calls.

            1. It’s apparently a common practice across Sub-Saharan Africa. He’s from one of the countries in that region (I know which one, but since he didn’t volunteer to be discussed here…)

          2. Fortunately, we aren’t savages like those in his country. Here, we have sophisticated technology (a/k/a woodchippers).

        3. She should be found guilty of perjury and punished exactly as would have happened to her victims. I said this in the previous thread and may as well say it here too: any kind of evidence tampering or false charges should be held as perjury, the punishment for which is the maximum penalty for the issue at stake, entirely independent of the actual charged crime.

          1. ^^This is something I have advocated for years. Malicious falsification of a police report should always result in the accuser receiving the punishment of the crime they have lied about. Sadly, it’s nowhere near the top of needed reforms

            1. Lol, imagine this. Every cop would be in prison.

              1. And half the rape accusers.

    2. “What probable cause? What warrant?”

      -PD

      1. Actually, given their relatively rational behaviour, I can’t really fault the PD in this instance. A “Won’t someone think of the CHILREN” legislature passed a law requiring them to investigate every call. They didn’t roll out in force, and didn’t act disproportionately, and in the end arrested the proper party.

        There are a lot of cases where I’ll be the first hammering them. This isn’t one.

        1. I agree.

        2. But it seems to me that the legislature is requiring them to violate the 4th amendment by requiring them to investigate every anonymous claim, no matter how unsubstantiated. I’m not saying the legislature bears no fault. I’m just saying the PD has a duty to tell the legislature to get bent in a case where the PD has no real probable cause.

          1. As far as the cops are concerned the legislature can create probable cause, damn the constitution. Scary but true.

        3. Exactly this. The police in this situation deserve fawning praise for the way the handled it at least based on the way this article presents it.

        4. And apparently no dogs were killed.

        5. “Think of the Children” ought to apply to the averted disaster of dispossessing/separating children from their parents.

          If you “think of the children” you should be outraged and want to vindictively punish this bastard social worker.

    3. “What right to face your accuser?”
      .
      SCOTUS
      .
      FTFY

  2. Clearly CPS needs more workers to screen what the other workers are doing.

    1. CPS is full of scum. My ex’s adoptive father and stepmother both worked for the state DHS (a related agency). They were truly vile people with no ethics. They took in foster kids too. The stepmother is likely responsible for brain damage to a toddler they had as a foster child. I’m surprised no one has murdered them yet. Seriously.

    1. Who’s next – Lou Reed?

      :*(

    2. First Batman, now Batgirl

        1. Holy dying darlings, Batman!

      1. Uh, Adam West is still alive.

        1. But he’s dead to Matrix. DEAD – DO YA HEAR ME??!

        2. I think he was referencing this Batman:
          http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/17/…..dies-feat/

  3. A good plot in a book would be calling in a shit ton of child abuse calls to rural locations, then hitting a bunch of banks.

  4. A good plot in a book would be calling in a shit ton of child abuse calls to rural locations, then hitting a bunch of banks.

    1. Or calling about squirrelz

      1. Maybe the squirrelz could be the ones calling!!!!!

        1. From inside the house!

        2. /M.Night

          1. Just pour some water on them.

  5. A good plot in a book would be calling in a shit ton of child abuse calls to rural locations, then hitting a bunch of banks.

    1. Say, that is just crazy enough it might work! Good idea!

    2. I suspect you may have to feed a few tree-dwelling mammals into your bulk cellulose processor to get your point across.

  6. Officials told him they were just following policy and procedure

    Procedures were followed. PROCEDURES!

    AND NOTHING ELSE HAPPENED

    1. They’re all Professionals, right?

  7. “six misdemeanor offenses involving the false reports.”

    This is the kind of thing where instead of having six charges they should have a more serious offense of ‘repeatedly making false reports.’ Call it ‘aggravated false reporting.’

    I hope the victims of this sociopathic behavior are exploring legal action (malicious prosecution or intentional infliction of emotional distress come to mind as possible options).

    1. I hope they can go after the PD for 4A violations. Repeated searches of your house based on an anonymous caller and no other evidence? Maybe they could get their state supreme court to strike down the law that orders police to investigate every claim, no matter how unsubstantiated.

      1. Let us now turn to the question of children, and why you hate them.

        1. They’re loud, smelly and generally annoying. We’re talking about other people’s kids, right? Mine are precious little snowflakes that must be protected from any threat, real or imaginary.

          1. Especially imagined. I can imagine all sorts of awful shit.

      2. A former neighbor on my block was a shrill bitch who dealt pills and meth from her apartment (house converted to a triplex). She was a load vile piece of white trash. If anyone pissed her off she would call CPS on them and make up some kind of bullshit. she did this at least twice with the Russian couple that lived next door to me.

        A few years back she and I had a minor altercation. i don;t even recall what it was about. She starts in with the CPS threats. I don’t have kids in my house so I just laughed at her. Then I told her if she fucked with me I would beat her ex-con BF who I knew to be on parole to a pulp and call the cops. Getting him sent back to the can. for another few years. Given that the whole block despised them I knew they would back me up. Plus I have a clean background.

        She never bothered me again. Or even tried to speak to me. That’s how you deal with trash like that.

    2. Or a civil suit.

    3. There were two parties arrested, so that should be a conspiracy charge right there. Hell, how about that famous overcharging? Sending the police to their home- attempted assault. CPS worker- misuse of office.

    4. They engaged in a criminal conspiracy to harass their neighbors.
      Conspiracy is a Felony!

  8. My wife used to work for CPS and can tell all kinds of stories. One thing she did say, in our state, anyway, is that CPS is used to getting false abuse calls.

    OTOH, the head of the department is a political appointment, so that can change at the whim of whatever dumb-ass is put in charge that day.

    1. My father, who grew up in Colorado, always maintained that one of the biggest factors hindering the Tribal Americans was that the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (the BIA being unimportant, and therefore easy to make a big fuss over changing) was likely to change every four to eight years, amd each incming head, just to show he was a mover and shaker, would make a lot of policy changes. Dad maintained that the Tribes could have adjusted to life on the reservations, or to a policy of integration, or ever to a policy of taking children away and educating them as whites (kids remember this kind of crap). What they couldn’t handle was getting whipsawed every four years.

      I really feel fr the problem families in your area.

  9. Anyone want to bet Bond keeps her job with CPS?

    1. Unimpeachable Bond, they’ll call her.

      1. Well, Bond does have a license to kill…oh wait.

      2. “Hey, that’s too close to my moniker!” – Bernie Madoff, the “Jewish Bond”

  10. another sociopath attracted to their natural home, government. every case she worked should be thrown out. and sue CPS like the wind for not doing it already.

    1. I would sue CPS and her for her actions. The bitch needs to be driven to bankruptcy.

      1. She has already been charged. If she is found (or pleads) guilty to these “minor” charges they can turn into a huge financial liability as the family will be able to sue her into penury.

  11. 3 minutes til fist firsts the lynx

  12. Actually, it’s important to note and remember the ways in which the system is vulnerable to exploitation like this.

    What if instead of one pissed-off neighbor, it was 1000 motivated people making false calls?

    The system would grind to a halt. Or it would have to be completely shut down, which amounts to the same thing.

    Don’t you realize, if we were to take every ape who disobeyed an order and sent him back for reconditioning, Ape Management would become overcrowded?

    1. The system isn’t a victim. The system is specifically designed to create immunity and foster a disregard for accountability because the system is built on the vocabulary of lawyers- the vast majority of which are soulless and craven.

      1. Not merely soulless and craven, but also beating their children at this very moment (or so I’m led to believe).

    2. The IRS is vulnerable to the same thing. They accept the first 1040 with a given SSN and use the address with that SSN as the address of record so any notices go to that address.

      If a return were filed for a whole bunch ? or even all! ? of SSNs, there would be all kinds of havoc, maybe checks issued for the wrong people, bills issued for others…

    3. What if instead of one pissed-off neighbor, it was 1000 motivated people making false calls?

      What if it’s motivated antigun folks?

      They could call CPS on families with guns and use that as a means to take away their guns?

  13. Bureaucratic tyranny is optimized for Americans who desire to be kings and queens for careers. The shitty fact of this matter is that entire structures like this are radically engineered by despots who squish cushions at the American Law Institute to reject common sense, reason, and empathy.

  14. Woodchippers!!!

  15. Bright side? The easier they make it to rat out your neighbors (hotlines, anonymity, etc.), the easier they make it for angry citizens to report “suspicious activity” on government agents, and potentially get them SWATted. Works both ways!

  16. Even if the criminal charge is just a misdemeanor, surely there’s civil liability here? Threatening a loving family with kidnapping their kids is deliberate infliction of emotion damage and whatnot. It’s not like the CPS asshat was acting any sort of official capacity, so there’s no immunity in play.

    1. I’m sure any commentator here could tell you that’s a bad idea.

      Harass an ordinary citizen? No charges filed.

      Harass someone with power? You’re going up the river.

  17. Although Bond was only charged with misdemeanors, there should be a pretty slam dunk civil case for intentional infliction of emotional distress against her too.

    1. If she is a CPS case worker its doubtful that she has anything worth sueing for. If that’s the case then frget getting a lawyer to take the case unless they are paid upfront.

      Not much reason to sue unless spending thousands and waiting years to get a judgement against her is worth it to the couple.

      1. “Not much reason to sue unless spending thousands and waiting years to get a judgement against her is worth it to the couple.”

        It would be worth it to me, but I’m a vindictive SOB. If she’s a government employee, she makes pretty good money.

        This is the case in which the actual person responsible can be forced to pay the penalty for her actions (instead of us, as taxpayers). By the time I was finished, her pension would be mine.

        1. Almost certainly can’t touch her pension with a judgment. They couldn’t get OJ’s pension when he was sued civilly for murder.

  18. “Libertarian moment.”

  19. I don’t believe this “anonymous” call bullshit.

    The police and the NSA know damn well who makes each and every call. All the “anonymous” part means is the police are told not to investigate the caller. If you tell people not to do work and still pay them, they won’t do the work. So if you want any investigation done, you have to do it yourself. Because government kinda likes the “pay us not to do any work” thing.

  20. Whether its anonymous or not doesn’t really matter, most of the time.

    Most calls to CPS are immunized by statute. Even if they are false, bad faith, malicious, etc., its almost impossible to prosecute.

    Remember when the Mormon fundies were raided in Texas a few years ago? I think it was 80-odd kids seized by the State? That was a malicious call by someone with a history of doing the same. The damage inflicted, by any measure, was enormous.

    But, immunized. No charges possible. So sorry.

    1. No criminal charges? No problem. Meet Mr. Civil Damages.

      Seriously, release the lawyers and leave none standing.

      1. Civil immunity, too, typically.

      2. I laughed at a friend of mine the other day when he told me he threatened to sue the marine repair facility where he had taken his boat in order to get them to finish the job. His position was that the threat of a lawsuit scared them into action.

        Civil suits usually have to be paid for as the suit progresses unless the person has significant assets and the case is sound. A threat to sue is usually laughed at by most small businesses unless it is a small claims suit.

        A friend of mine was sued over by a comercial tenent of his rental property. The case was drug out by both lawyers for 10 years. My buddy spent $80K in legal bills over that period and the guy suing him $100K. When the latest judge to have the case refused to delay it any longer the day came for trial. My friend settled on the courthouse steps the day of the trial for $80K. So the guy suing him lost $20K net and 10 years and my friend lost $160K and 10 years of this hanging over his head. The only winners were, as usual, the lawyers.

        Even if you have a case against someone seldom is a civil suit the answer unless the other party is loaded and a lawyer will take the case on shares. In most cases a person is better off taking someone to small claims court even if there losses are over the liit for small claims. At least you stand to get something and vengence ( justice ? whatever) in a timely manner.

  21. As someone who has had CPS used as a weapon against me at least twice and possibly 3 times now I have to say this needs to be elevated to a major pound you in the ass felony.

    In the first case after moving on from my first wife leaving the state and having kids with my soon to be second wife I got tired of waiting for wife #1 to file the simple no contest divorce (there were no kids or assets to split up and only a tiny amount of joint debt) I traveled back to the state where we used to live and filed the divorce myself.

    The day I got back from that trip we were visited by Social Services who were told fantastical tales about the abuse and neglect our kids suffered. With every allegation very quickly proven false I went online and my ex apparently forgot I knew her Livejournal password and I was able to show the social worker and eventually the police the exact discussion the ex had with a friend of hers where they planned their revenge on me. It still took 2 weeks to get CPS to close the case as unsubstantiated and the cops refused to file charges because the other 2 were out of state and it was just a misdemeanor.

    1. The second I know about was just 2 weeks ago. I moved out of 1 rental house and into another. The day after the move was complete CPS showed up having had a complaint about the kids living in unsafe living conditions. Now I should have expected it because when we first moved into the place the landlord mentioned that they had had to call CPS on ever single family they had rented to. It turns out that she basically uses that and a few other legal tricks as weapons to steal the security deposit. I’m still working on trying to come up with evidence to get her charged

      The 3rd case was a few years ago in Kentucky where someone called them because we allowed our kids to play out in our cul de sac “unsupervised” but since I never knew for certain who made that call I can’t say for sure if it was the next door neighbor who hated us because we weren’t christians or just some random busybody in the neighborhood

      1. What’s with the water in Kentucky, Massachusetts and Maryland?

        Man, talk about tight asses.

    2. I still don’t have my kid back, even though I was not found guilty of anything.
      Just being charged was enough for a family court judge to put a RO on me, with no reasons given.

  22. Civil case will go nowhere. Part of the reason people like that work for CPS is because it doesn’t pay enough, so good people don’t work there.

  23. Is it ‘Rogers’ or ‘Rodgers’?

    Beth meet Woodchipper. Woodchipper meet Beth and her asshole husband.

  24. Misdemeanor? She should be facing multiple felony charges.

  25. Why is that a misdemeanor? Doing what they did should be a felony

  26. I had rogue CPS workers after me for bringing my child to McDonalds, for letting her have soda and for weighing her on a bathroom scale. See the stealth video I took of them interrogating me:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIsnbUxAPhs

    They are currently in federal court being sued by me.

    1. Gary, I’m only part way through this video and I had to stop for a moment to regain my composure.
      This is unbelievable behavior. Are these agents of the state?
      Your poise is admirable though. I’m so sorry for you and your child.
      Now back to the video…

      1. I could never complete an interview like that with your level of composure. My hat’s off to you.
        BTW, my brother didn’t get to restart a relationship with his own children until they were twenty something, away from mom, and out of the house on their own.
        But the moral arc bends towards justice.

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  30. Using state violence to hurt innocent people, wow, that’s a novel idea.

  31. Whatever the cecil wackjobs want for the dentist, this b1tch should get. Six times.

  32. If both Bond and Applegate were involved, it’s a criminal conspiracy, and that’s a FELONY, and should be charged as such.
    Both of them need to spend some hard time to think about what they might do with the rest of their lives without trying to fuck over people.

  33. yeah but think of the kids. they’re not gonna be adults some day or anything like that

  34. I like the traditional punishment for false accusations: the same punishment that the accused would have suffered if he had actually been guilty of the crime.

  35. “Rogue.”

    Is that sarcasm?

  36. If this perp’s victims kicked the shit out of her, and were arrested and charged for doing so, the prosecution probably wouldn’t want me on the jury.

    -jcr

  37. I’m not certain how malicious callers could be ‘policed’ but as a worker in this field i would agree it is time to find a way. i often joke that my department has been ‘resolvng interpersonal rivalries since 1905’. Sadly, reprisal calls are a ‘thing’ too but annonimity is protected– for good reason.

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  39. My ex wasn’t happy that I had custody of the kids…My ex was only allowed supervised visitation with the kids. She made calls like this every few weeks.

    It was all pretty scary.

    After the umpteenth investigation, the social worker made a sort of half apology, told me that her supervisor was fully aware of the situation, and that there were some discussions about how to handle the problem in the future. I never got another visit from Social Services…But…

    A month later, the cops showed-up on my front door. They took the kids to their mother. I gave the police investigator the social worker’s business card, and a copy of the court order prohibiting my ex from having contact with the kids.

    A few hours later, the cops returned to my house with the kids. My ex called the cops about a half dozen more times.

  40. I am sure the govt agency has a call-tracing device. Why not after the 2nd false call, warn the caller that if their claim is not true, THE CALLER will be arrested right after we check on the child??

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