No child abuse charge for foster parent

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Gazette staff
Saturday, April 12, 2008
— A Rock County foster parent will not be charged with physical abuse of a child but likely will not be getting more foster children, officials said.

John Galvan, 43, of 428 E. Centerway, Janesville, was arrested April 2. District Attorney David O’Leary said Galvan is accused of spanking his son with a spoon, leaving bruises.

“There were appropriate CPS (child protective services) issues, but the inappropriate discipline didn’t rise to the level of a criminal charge,” O’Leary said.

Galvan and his wife were first licensed as foster parents in Rock County in January 2005 but have not had foster children in their home for a number of months, said Charmian Klyve, Rock County Human Services director.

The boy Galvan is accused of spanking is his biological son, O’Leary said.

The spanking case is being investigated for Rock County by Dane County Human Services workers.

“We would then be making some decisions, but based on the type and nature of reports, we would feel as if this would not be the right situation for our foster children,” Klyve said.

Last updated: 8:58 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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