Staci Nichols
Staci Nichols, Cynthia Scanland and Brent Bunke

(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.

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Jeremy Kindle
Jeremy Kindle

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.