- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - A couple says they’re shocked after finding out that their neighbors, one of whom is a former Hardin County social worker, were charged with repeatedly making false child-abuse reports against them.

Corey Chaney, 25, and April Rogers, 23, who are engaged, said police and social workers were sent to their Elizabethtown apartment numerous times after receiving false tips that the two of them were abusing their infant child, The Courier-Journal (https://cjky.it/1Nn9r62) reported.

“It was all pretty terrifying,” Chaney said. “We couldn’t figure out why anybody would do that.”

Authorities say their neighbors, Beth A. Bond, 37, and her fiance Joseph W. Applegate, 42, were charged May 27 with six counts of complicity to call in false reports following a police investigation.

According to court records, Bond, who was a county social worker with the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and Applegate made the false calls to the Cabinet’s social service abuse hotline between April 1 and May 23.

Police said Bond and Applegate were in a verbal dispute with the other couple, a dispute Chaney and Rodgers deny ever happened.

According to state personnel records, Bond resigned from her job June 1. Neither Bond nor Applegate could be reached for comment by the newspaper.

Chaney and Rodgers said they were the subject of six separate investigations of child abuse and neglect by Cabinet social workers, all of which were unsubstantiated.

“It took over our lives,” Chaney said.

Teresa James, the commissioner of the Department for Community Based Services, the social service arm of the Cabinet that employed Bond, said she was disappointed to learn one of her own social workers was charged in the case.

“I find it very disturbing and very disappointing,” James said.

James said the Cabinet relies on anonymous calls to the hotline to learn about and investigate alleged child abuse and can’t ignore calls that meet requirements for investigation.


Information from: The Courier-Journal, https://www.courier-journal.com

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