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Marty Cobb’s mother and suspect’s mother took parenting classes

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)- Two mothers connected to the death of 8-year-old Marty Cobb have a criminal history involving child abuse, and both were ordered to take parenting classes at Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now or SCAN.

On Wednesday, CBS 6 reported the mother of the 16-year-old boy accused of killing Cobb, has a criminal past.

Faith Turner was arrested in 2008 for child abuse-neglect, and she was ordered to take parenting classes at SCAN.

Cobb’s mother, Sharain Spruill, was also ordered to the class after her arrest on domestic assault charges in 2011.

SCAN said their parenting classes are meant to be part of a larger solution, and say they try their best to help parents with a history of abuse become better parents.

“They still might be good candidates for a wide variety of intervention,” Ian Danielsen, Greater Richmond SCAN, said.

SCAN will not talk about specific clients, but Danielsen said the program teaches caretakers how to be better parents.

“Our facilitators focus specifically to help those caregivers grow those tools for nurturance and protection,” Danielsen said.

The suspect’s mother successfully completed the program without incident, but we learned Cobb’s mother failed to appear three times to start the program.

However, according to court records, SCAN gave her another chance, and she did finish the program.

“Is there some type of accountability structure in place when it comes to this parenting group?” CBS 6 reporter Melissa Hipolit asked.

“There are structures of accountability that have to do with attendance and quality participation,” Danielsen said.

Now, the two mothers are tied up in a local tragedy, something SCAN works to try to prevent through its programs.

“What one caretaker does with those tools after they move on from us is the part we can’t control,” Danielsen said.


    • Belsma

      Do you really think fathers are relevant in this “mess”? Evidently they are not there, so why bring them up? It’s too late for that. “Fathers” do not always “save the day”. There are plenty of competent single mothers out there that get the job done. Heck, there are plenty of married mothers out there that don’t get help that get the job done.

  • Becky

    The Mayor appoints David Hick, the New Musical Chairs Interim DSS. The Mayor appoints Jeanine Harper , Exec Dir of Richmond’s Stop
    Child Abuse Now (SCAN) to assist the Interim DSS, at $49,000 for 6 months.
    Yet another Outside Contractor the Richmond Executives find as an essential and constant requirement for them to Operate Richmond,
    despirte entire City Government Auspices..
    Neither seemed to Assist either family, effectively.
    DSS has been dysfunction since 2009 with the Carolyn Graham/
    Doris Moseley Scandals that have never been remedied.
    Don’t even try to hold the Mayor and CAO, directly Responsible
    for the City’s Department and Agencies; because, obviously they
    Aren’t, refuse, and abuse their offices with dereliction of duties and oaths. Party Refuses to See the Transparency and instead
    Raises Dwight Jones to State Party Chairman. Pathetic Governance!.

  • Johnnie G

    It is more and more clear and Ms. Cobb was inadequate as a mother. Wish the system would recognize this and act in a decisive manner early on. It is tough to have your child taken away but the result is this kind of mess.
    As far as the perpetrator, there to should have been more intervention both with him and his family.

  • Becky

    -Feb, Mayor appoints David Hicks, newest Interim Director of DSS
    –Former Richmond Commonwealth Attorney
    –Former Interim Director of Justice Services after Failed
    Juvenile Justice System Debacle.
    -Mar Mayor appoints Greater Richmond’s Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) Exec Director, Jeanine Harper, to assist DSS Interim, Hicks,
    for $49,000 for 6 months.
    ..Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now is yet another Tax Exempt, Special
    Interest Group needed to bolstering Richmond Government through
    receiving Tax Advantages, Taxes and Donations to subsidize Government.
    2011: Doris Moseley, Dir, DSS, Auditor’s Rpt; Fired May 2013.
    2009-2012 Carolyn Graham, hand picked as Executive Management
    Team, imported from DC, as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Services. Responsible for Social Services, Justice Services,
    and Parks and Rec. Fired for Failures.
    There is a documented record of Dysfunctions and Failures.
    A boy died.

    • Belsma

      What are you doing to change the system Becky? You rant and rave, but what are you doing besides that?

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