Last month Jeanette Maples died after suffering years of abuse. Her mother and stepfather have been charged with aggravated murder and could face the death penalty if found guilty. Her death has left many people asking what could have been done to save her. What responsibility did friends and family have to report the abuse when it was suspected? What responsibility did the Department of Human Services have to act on complaints? What went wrong in this case that can change how abuse is dealt with in the future? What is our shared responsibility when abuse is suspected?
Have you ever reported someone you’ve suspected of abuse? What happened? Have you ever been saved from a bad situation because someone took it upon themself to help you?
- Abbie Stillie: lived across the street from Jeanette Maples
- David Paul: attorney with the Law Office of David Paul
- Pamela Butler: policy and outreach associate for Children First for Oregon