Articles Posted in Oregon

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By David Wolf, Child Injury Lawyer
Playground-300x188In Oregon and other States, there are dangers in day care centers. Certainly, having a license is a good “sign” for a day care center. That means that the day care center has complied (in most cases) with the State’s minimum mandatory requirements and otherwise has acted in a manner that has enabled the day care center to maintain its license and ability to operate as a facility in good standing.  However, it should be noted that a day care center license does not mean that a day care center is an absolutely safe haven for a child enrolled in the program.  The truth of the matter is that day care centers and its employees have an ongoing duty and responsibility to provide constant and reasonable supervision of the children under the care of the day care center.
It was recently reported by Oregon media sources that there are dangers in Oregon day care centers.  There were a number of examples noted in the article including a day care center that allowed an autistic child to walk out of facility and into the potential harm of traffic, another day care center that allowed a young child to play on a climbing wall with a lanyard on the child both of which presented a significant risks of handling, a fall, and asphyxiation.  There are other examples mentioned in the article as well.  You can read more about the dangers in Oregon day care centers along with comments about the regulations that have become somewhat stagnant at Dangers and Risks of Personal Injuries in Oregon Day Care Centers
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By Joshua Shulman, Attorney, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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State%20Map%20Oregon.jpgThe Oregon State Police believe that two teenage boys drowned after waves swept the boys off a rocking outcropping and into the ocean. According to Lt. Gregg Hastings, the body of 18-year-old Connor Gregory Ausland was found. However, authorities have yet to find 17-year-old Jack Harnsongkram. Both young men are residents of Eugene, Orgeon, and were students at South Eugene High School. Hastings also stated that the two teenagers were visiting the area, near Smelt Sands State Park in Lincoln County, with a group of other teens and adults. A local television station reported that a third teen was also knocked into the surf by the powerful waves but manages to get out safely. Police believe that both Ausland and Harnsongkram drowned. For more details please read Two Oregon teens believed to drown after being knocked into surf by powerful waves.

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By Joshua Shulman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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Hancuffs%202.jpgA woman of Portland, Oregon, has been charged with more than 20 felony charges after the woman allegedly recorded herself performing sexual acts on a 1-year-old boy. The 24-year-old woman was identified as Inez Lambert. Lambert was arrested after a friend saw 3 separate videos on Lambert’s computer and called the child abuse hotline. The videos allegedly show Lambert performing a sex act on the child. The videos were described by members of the Multnomah County Child Abuse Team as very disturbing. Lambert allegedly sent the cell phone videos to a man who is currently overseas. Investigators are highly concerned that other acts of abuse occurred due to Lambert’s previous occupations. She was a day care provider at LA Fitness and also worked the front desk at a 24 Hour Fitness. Officers are looking into whether Lambert every babysat for other families. The FBI and Department of Justice are also investigating the case. Lambert has been charged with seven courts of sodomy andusing a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and sex abuse. The man overseas might also be arrested, however that will be handled by the military. To read more on this story please see 24-year-old woman accused of sexual abuse after she allegedly videotaped herself performing a sex act on a 1-year-old boy.

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By Joshua Shulman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
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The National Governors Association has selected Oregon and five other States to help promote and establish higher day care standards. States already have day care standards that address the health, safety, and welfare of the students. For instance, most states, if not all of them, have staff to child ratios for day care centers. In looking to go beyond basic standards, Oregon will be looking at other factors that will improve the day care experience for children. For instance, one such area would involve monitoring how a child retains information during story time. It appears that the day care program or model being considered or implemented by Oregon will look deeper into the day care experience of the child. You can read more about this story at Oregon Looking to Lead the Nation in Raising Day Care Standards.

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By Joshua Shulman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
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In Portland, Oregon and many other school districts throughout the United States, there is a good reason to have a fire drill / evacuation plan. Plan and simple, it saves lives. Fire swept through the Marysville Elementary School just prior to Noon on a Fall 2009 day. Fortunately, school staff members and firefighters successfully evacuated every single student from the school. While the historic school sustained heavy fire damage, no lives were lost in this fire. The Marysville Elementary School fire shows how an effective evacuation plan can protect children and teachers as well. You can read about this story at >Students / Teachers Escape Fire at Marysville (Portland) Elementary School.

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By Joshua Shulman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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State%20Map%20Oregon.jpgIn Oregon, the Department of Human Services receives and investigates incidents of child abuse and neglect. Like many other states, Oregon has laws in place that define abuse. Abuse is defined by Oregon law by the effect on the child rather than the parent’s motivation.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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State%20Map%20Oregon.jpgIn Oregon and other States, parents, at times, use poor judgment when it comes to the supervision of their children. In Oregon, the father of four young children used a dog shock collar on them because he thought it was funny.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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Map%20of%20United%20States%20black%20and%20white%20showing%20all%20States.jpgThe United States Department of Health and Human Resources has a website that has a great reference tool for parents and caregivers with children in day care centers and child care centers. Each state regulates day care centers / child care centers through a state specific administrative code and / or policy manual. Go to State Administrative Rules and Policy Manuals for Child Care. Another good resource is located at the website for the National Resource Center for

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By Stephanie F. Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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State%20Map%20Oregon.jpgClackamas County, Oregon deputies arrested Justin B. Blackledge, age 31, for compelling a teen into prostitution, unlawful display of a child in a sex act and several counts of encouraging child sex abuse. Investigators report that Blackledge had a sexual relationship with the teenager in 2007 – 2008. During this time period, Blackledge posted explicit photographs of the teen on a website with the teen’s contact information and a list of her sexual services. There appears to be a good bit of evidence on the internet and elsewhere on Mr. Blackledge. His bail was set at $250,000. It is a shame that teens are exploited in this manner.