Shelter abuse case could go to grand jury this week
The case of alleged sexual molestation at Heaven’s Serenity House is ongoing.
A representative of the Orange Police Department said the case has been given to the district attorney’s office for review and, if approved, the case could be presented to the grand jury this week.
There were reports last week of molestation of juveniles in 2006. by a minor and resident of the Orange shelter. A grandmother reported that three of her grandchildren who live there were molested.
However, the children’s mother disputed that in an e-mail to The Record that only two children were involved.
Efforts to contact the shelter’s owner have been unsuccessful. Your reporter visited the building but was told no staff was available for comment. There is no telephone listed for the shelter.
The children’s mother further stated that the father of the children denies parentage of one of the children and has refused on two occasions to take a paternity test. She said the father has no contact with the children and that the court had previously ruled the grandmother has no legal standing with the children.
“She has never been inside Heaven’s Serenity House since it opened and she was given a tour of it. She has no idea what goes on or who stays there,” the mother said. “She also stated that my husband stays there, that statement is also false.”
The sister of the grandmother has supplied copies of requests made to Child Protective Services on the local level and several state agencies in regard to the alleged molestations.