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Holly Springs foster parent charged with child abuse

Posted February 4, 2014

— A Holly Springs foster parent faces felony child abuse charges after allegedly abusing two children in her care.

"This case is one of the more serious ones that I've personally been involved with," said Holly Springs police Det. Sgt. Michel Stone.

Prudence Shivers, 42, is accused of hurting two boys, ages four and six, by inflicting lacerations to their backs, as well as cutting the younger boy’s stomach and the older child’s head and face.

"They appear to be from some sort of whipping action or something like that," Stone said.

Other children living with Shivers at the time of the alleged abuse have been relocated.

"The last I heard, they are doing well, considering the circumstances," Stone said.

Shivers is a research administration manager at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Shivers posted a $60,000 bond Saturday, and as part of her release, is not allowed to have any contact with a child under 16-years-old without supervision.


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  • nobodyknow420 Feb 7, 2014

    "Shivers is a research administration manager at the Duke University School of Medicine."

    You'd think she would have picked up some decent behavior working at a place of this nature.

  • 1010 Feb 5, 2014

    I wonder how many foster children she had since it mentioned others also. Also wonder how much $$$ she was receiving for fostering all these children.

  • healls Feb 5, 2014

    NCPRR1--that is simply not true. To become licensed as a foster parent is a very rigorous process that involves being fingerprinted and having your background thoroughly checked out. There is simply no way DSS can predict this type of thing 100% of the time. You should research the process before shooting off your mouth about something you obviously have no clue about.

  • Obamacare rises again Feb 5, 2014

    She doesn't look one bit remorseful. How can people like this be allowed to wander freely with the rest of society?

  • zoso62 Feb 5, 2014

    She looks mean.

  • colinmb123us Feb 5, 2014

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    That is fine and dandy if she had any previous reports of abuse. Background checks are only effective against those that have actually had prior bad acts which doesn't appear, based on the extremely limited information, to be the case. Seems that oversight worked and they identified the abuse and took steps to remove the children. I guess I forgot that those in oversight positions are supposed to be clairvoyant and be able to determine what someone is going to do in the future since that appears to be what you are suggesting.

  • ncprr1 Feb 5, 2014

    Nice oversight. I think you have to go through a more rigorous background check to adopt a cat then you do to be a foster parent.