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Mother of comatose Apex boy released on bond

Posted April 11, 2010

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— An Apex woman charged in connection with an incident that left her 3-year-old adopted son in a coma has been released from jail after posting bond.

Michele Stein, 39, of 121 Homegate Circle, was arrested Friday on charges of felony child abuse. She was released from the Wake County jail around 3:30 p.m. that same day after posting a $200,000 bond.

Adam Stein was taken to WakeMed on March 19 with severe head trauma and was transferred to Duke University Hospital after undergoing emergency surgery and developing complications, according to court documents. His parents told paramedics and police that he had fallen down the stairs earlier that day and then couldn't be awakened from a nap.

Medical experts said the boy's injuries weren't consistent with a fall down the staircase of the family's home, and police noted two previous allegations of abuse and neglect had been filed with Wake County Child Protective Services, although abuse wasn't substantiated in either incident.

The Steins adopted Adam from an orphanage in China last November, according to court documents.

Investigators searched the Steins' home last month and seized pictures and a phone bill.

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  • erinbsly Apr 12, 2010

    wildcat-
    you are so right! dss is worthless and a total waste of tax $$ lets just do away with the program completly along with senior services.i know the system is not perfect but workers have rules and regulations they have to follow also regardless of how bad they want to get a child out

  • kal Apr 12, 2010

    1. Hire more DSS workers???? We are in financial trouble and NO ONE I knows wants to pay more taxes
    2. DSS does the best they can in accordance with the LAW-and their lack of resources.
    3. Why can I not adopt a child. I am a single person who doesn't make enough money. I am a teacher and could provide a wonderful home to a child 1-2 years old (my choice), but I need to fly here or there or make other financial commitments I would not be able to make. So I am a foster parent instead-making a difference for children who come to stay with me at all ages.

  • wildcat Apr 12, 2010

    continued sorry person who was allowed to adopt to begin with

    That just goes to show you that the social services worker did not do their job thoroughly.

  • wildcat Apr 12, 2010

    Social services should hire more people. That would help them a lot.

  • wildcat Apr 12, 2010

    How many social service worker has really made a difference in a child's life? Did they show love and care and compassion to the child.

  • wildcat Apr 12, 2010

    Keep her locked up!

    She has a right to be freed on bond and a right to a fair trial. The same if it was you. This is the American way. Foreign countries is very different. Know the law.

  • wildcat Apr 12, 2010

    DSS WORKERS HAVE A VERY DIFFICULT JOB TO DO AND I COMMEND ANYONE THAT IS WILLING TO GO IN THAT FEILD AND AT LEAST TRY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN CHILDRENS LIFES

    If social services workers did do their all, then the children would not even suffer a tiny bit. RIGHT? Social services, I remain can do a lot better than they have been. There are some workers that do not know how to deal with the families and children. That is not good. They need to be on top of things and show care and compassion.

  • mrsmom Apr 12, 2010

    Why are these people let out on such a small bond? She is accused of inflicting harm that has a child in a coma for Pete's sake! Keep her locked up!

  • wildcat Apr 12, 2010

    they can only do so much

    Really! I believe social services can do a lot better than they have in the past 30 years. There have been children who died while under the wings of social services.

  • wildcat Apr 12, 2010

    She should never be allowed to be around any children.

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