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Fulton DFCS Administrator Arrested for Child Cruelty

Last Edited: Monday, 12 Mar 2007, 10:54 PM EDT

Created: Monday, 12 Mar 2007, 10:54 PM EDT

Reported by TONY THOMAS
ATLANTA (FOX%) -- A high ranking administrator for the Fulton County Department of Children and Family Services has been arrested for child cruelty.  Assistant Director Cylenthia Clark is accused of beating her eight year old daughter.

“I'm not a child abuser. I did not beat my daughter,” said Cylenthia Clark.

Fulton County DFCS Assistant Director Cylenthia Clark finds herself on the other side of a state investigation. Fayette County authorities arrested her Saturday on the felony charges.

“I 'm not sure really why I was arrested because in incidents like this that i've seen, it must be really severe for you to be arrested,” said Clark .

Clark admits she spanked her eight year old daughter late in February, and showed pictures she says are of welts on the girl’s arm and back from the punishment. She says her daughter had been in trouble at school, was grounded  and punished in other ways. She says the spanking was the last resort.

“She clearly knew what she was doing was wrong, nothing was getting through to her, so she did get a spanking. And I'm not proud that she had some welts on her arm, but they went away the next day,” Clark said.

Fayetteville police say the girl’s school reported the incident to authorities after noticing the marks on the child.  Clark says she knows because of her position, many people will be watching this case, and that's why she speaks out in her own defense.

“It makes me very empathetic, it makes me look at some of the cases that we handle. It's something that down the line that it's something that we are really following through and getting all the questions answered before we assume that person is guilty.”

Miss Clark says she's been placed on administrative duty for the time being, meaning she's not directly handling any child abuse cases.

The eight year old and her three younger siblings are in protective custody, staying with relatives.


Cylenthia Clark, DFACS worker

Well, some of my own thoughts on this.  It is about time that justice is served.  I wonder how many kids this woman had removed for a lot less than what she has allegedly done to her own.  Jail?  GOOD. 
I read stories like this all the time and it's always the same.  No one seems to care until they are in someone else's shoes.  PERIOD.  Then they are all running amok asking, how and why did this happen in the first place?  And their thoughts and stories change after and only after it happens to them.
This is supposed to be a SOCIAL WORKER, a person who protects children from this exact same thing.  It just goes to show you, CPS is not always on the ball.  But I COMMEND this police department who arrested this woman.  GOOD JOB!  Too bad there aren't more POLICE out there who do their job like this.  Arrest the real abusers and leave innocent people alone.

By DAVID KRAVETS, Associated Press Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - A California woman whose doctor says marijuana is the only medicine keeping her alive is not immune from federal prosecution on drug charges, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
The case was brought by Angel Raich, an Oakland mother of two who suffers from scoliosis, a brain tumor, chronic nausea and other ailments. On her doctor's advice, she eats or smokes marijuana every couple of hours to ease her pain and bolster a nonexistent appetite as conventional drugs did not work.
The Supreme Court ruled against Raich two years ago, saying that medical marijuana users and their suppliers could be prosecuted for breaching federal drug laws even if they lived in a state such as California where medical pot is legal.

Because of that ruling, the issue before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was narrowed to the so-called right to life theory: that marijuana should be allowed if it is the only viable option to keep a patient alive.

Raich, 41, began sobbing when she was told of the decision and said she would continue using the drug.

"I'm sure not going to let them kill me," she said. "Oh my God."

My thoughts: WOW...denying a DYING woman with TWO children a NECESSARY medical drug to keep her alive.  There are NO words to describe how that makes me feel.  I don't condone use of drugs like this for "recreational" purposes but how many drugs out there are FOR medical necessity that are STREET illegal and only obtained BY a doctor prescription?  I guess I see NO difference in that then in this.  I feel sorry for this lady.  I hope she can continue to get the treatment she needs.  This is just so so so sad.

Hugs, Jen.

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