Associated Press published a news story nationwide yesterday confirming that felony charges of Injury To A Child against David and Angel Cook have been dismissed and CPS has relinquished guardianship of their seven children back to them.
The story was published after Lillian Smith Family Violence Foundation president and investigative news reporter J.J. Smith called their Dallas office and explained to reporter Jamie Stengle what had happened.
The AP story that was published from San Francisco to Washington D.C. was headlined: CPS Drops Guardianship of Texas Couple’s Children
Click here to see one of the stories published on KSAT-TV News 12 in San Antonio TX
Smith said he called AP because he noticed that the news service had published stories in 2013 about their arrest, but AP had never published a story showing the charges had been dropped, the CPS case closed and they had been exonerated after a second autopsy confirmed their four-year-old adopted son died from causes not related to anything the Cooks did or didn’t do.
“Reporter Jamie Stengle said she agreed that the responsible thing to do was to publish a story showing they were cleared of charges and their children had been returned,” said Smith. “She was very nice about it. I was surprised that AP published the story so quickly. It began appearing nationwide that very afternoon.”
Smith also asked The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reporters who wrote a stories about the Cooks’ arrest and death of their adopted son to publish an updated story. Reporter Deanna Boyd agreed they should and passed the story idea on to her editors. He said he is hoping to hear from them and see the story published soon in the newspaper with over a million readers each month.