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Appendix 2813-C: Alleged Perpetrator Incorrectly Named in Intake Allegation (Case Scenario)

CPS September 2002

Scenario: In this scenario, Sue is the alleged victim, Joe is an eight-year-old sibling, Jan is a 15-year-old sibling, Ann is the mother, and Jack is the father. The reporter alleged that Ann physically abused Sue.

The investigation worker could finalize the allegations as indicated in the following table (all possible outcomes may not be represented).

If the intake allegation is "Ann PHAB Sue" and the investigation worker found that …

Then the appropriate action for the investigation worker to take is to …

And, the finalized allegations would be …

There was a preponderance of evidence that Sue had been physically abused, and it was reasonable to conclude that Ann did not commit the abuse,

Give the allegation the disposition of "ruled out" and add an allegation with the disposition of "reason to believe" without naming a perpetrator.

____ PHAB Sue=RTB

Ann PHAB Sue = R/O

There was a preponderance of evidence that Sue had been physically abused, and it was not possible to determine whether Ann physically abused Sue,

Give the allegation the disposition of "unable to determine. "

Ann PHAB Sue = UTD

There was a preponderance of the evidence that Jack physically abused Sue, and it was reasonable to conclude that Ann did not commit the abuse,

Give the original allegation the disposition of "ruled out" and add a new allegation that Jack physically abused Sue and give it a disposition of "reason to believe."

Ann PHAB Sue = R/O

Jack PHAB Sue = RTB

Cross-References

  ·  Appendix 2813-A, Adding, Deleting, and Changing Allegations in the Investigation Stage

  ·  Item 2121, Reports Within CPS Authority to Investigate

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