Investigation continues into Children’s Hope

An investigation into allegations of abuse in the Childrenís Hope program has been broadened to include the district attorneyís office.

Officials continue to release few details.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services removed more than 80 children from Childrenís Hope West Avenue and Lubbock campuses on Feb. 1.

The removals were based on concerns about safety, said Patrick Crimmins, a media relations manager with the DFPS.

More than 100 employees lost their jobs as a result.

A facility on Washington Street that was the first home when Children’s Hope opened here in 2002, remains in operation.

Interim CEO Stephanie Powell, declined to comment on the investigation, referring questions to Matthew Thigpen, a partner with the Tyler law firm of Ladd & Thigpen PC.

Thigpen said his firm cannot release any information at this time.

‘We are in the process of gathering information related to the inquiries you sent,’ he replied in an email message to the News-Press. ‘However, I will attempt to provide a more detailed response shortly.’

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