(6-13-20) The Allen County Children Services has placed its executive director Cynthia Scanland and two program administrators, Brent Bunke and Staci Nichols, on leave this past Thursday as an investigation continues into Jeremy Kindle’s case of alleged unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
Scanland and Bunke were both key figures in the 2017 adoption of Maddy Anderson, the daughter of Brian and Kelly Anderson. The adoption was finally decided by the Ohio Supreme Court that ruled in favor of the Andersons. It was a very long adoption process thanks to continued delays and court proceedings by the Allen County Children Services and the two of the employees now on leave.
The newest court case is just starting to move forward in the courts.
Lima News Story –Allen County Children Services puts three on leave
In July 2018 Kindle (35) of Elida and his partner, Scott Steffes, who were already foster parents ( three boys between the age of 14 and 17 ), would adopt three more boys, ages 3 through 8, through children services..
On May 23rd, Kindle allegedly assaulted an officer, went inside to get a cordless circular saw and cut his own throat. Steffes, his partner faces a felonious assault charge from the same incident. Both cases have been turned over to a grand jury.
Dr. Jennifer Hughes, the chair of the Allen County Children Services Board:
On May 27-28, officials from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) visited Allen County Children Services (ACCS) to interview employees and gather materials as part of a larger investigation involving Jeremy Kindle. The staff cooperated fully, and the agency is committed to working with law enforcement in an open and transparent way.
In addition to that external investigation, the board met today and placed Executive Director Cynthia Scanland, and Program Administrators Brent Bunke and Staci Nichols on paid administrative leave beginning immediately while it reviews matters relating to internal policies and procedures.
We have no timeline as to when further information will be available but the Allen County Children Services Board will remain ready to receive and act upon any report that is provided. We know the public will want to know more immediately but the most professional response is to allow BCI time to investigate, and the board the necessary time to review internal policies and procedures. We will provide more information as soon as we can.
The investigation will not impact our services to the Allen County community. We are committed to meeting the needs of families and to ensure the safety of our community’s most vulnerable children.
They need to do an total sweep of children services and all there cases I have witnessed cps lie on the stand miss lead the judge so they can swing in there favor them social workers are not educated enough to break up family’s just off there emotions
They need to do an total sweep of children services and all there(their) cases I have witnessed cps(CPS) lie on the stand miss lead(mislead) the judge so they can swing in there(their) favor(.) them(them isn’t needed) social workers are not educated enough to break up family’s just off there(their) emotions(.)
Wtf ever u shouldn’t have your kids you a crackhead and a drunk u lost all your kids and the baby not even 2weeks after you got him back u worthless piece of shit
When my daughter died in 2016. The director Cynthia Scanland told me there was no need to separate my six grandchildren sense they was safe and in a good home with me. The case worker Natash moon said it was no need for me to get a attorney because i had been added to the case and they gave me a food voucher so i thought i was added. They stayed with me almost 2 month. Then CPS sent up a court day but they wouldnt allow me in the court room. Told me that day i wasnt added to the case and they let the Fathers have them. some of my grandchildren been assaulted and sexual assaulted. Stacie Nicoles lied to me about returning my grandson back to me after his dad went over to the school and took him out of school and he was not on the contact list. Someone should be responsible for my grandchildrens life being destroyed. They suppose to protect children and not put them in harm way.
Angela Freeman Morris
My niece died in September 2016
Children Services did a lot of unjustifiable things to these children and our Family. I was there to witness a lot of the things that occurred. I even Traveled back to Ohio ,
twice,suppose to have Hearings in Court.Cancelled! I told my sister to go to the State level and News to explain what was going on.The children were split up and given to the Dads.Some have been sexually abused and assaulted.They are old enough to tell the Truth.Children Service and the Courts should be held responsible.No Legal paperwork other than Paternity Established.No grief Counseling,no checking into stability in a residential housing,records and others.They all need to be investigated by the State of Ohio.Setting Children up for Failure.🤔