LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Two Las Vegas parents are accused of child abuse, and the allegations include neglect of a sick child. The I-Team discovered there were warning signs, even while Child Protective Services was supposed to be monitoring the family.
WARNING: The details in this report are of sensitive nature.
If you look on Semiah Red and Chanse Campbell’s Facebook pages, they appear to be proud parents. However, they are accused of abusing their children, including one with special needs, so badly, the kids were hospitalized.
The I-Team tried talking to the couple moments after they appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom Monday for their criminal case. They refused to comment on the matter and directed the I-Team to their lawyer.
In August, Metro Police say two of the couple’s children were diagnosed with an infection, medical neglect and malnutrition. One had possible cigarette lighter burns across their stomach, and the other had bruises.
One child told police the couple would leave the children alone in an apartment while they went to a casino. According to police, Red admitted to hitting her kids with an extension cord and belts. Police say she also admitted that their 4-year-old daughter was missing her feeding tube for a whole month and food and water would come out of the child’s stomach. Red claimed she “had a lot going on,” meaning too much to get medical treatment for her child.
The allegations of abuse are bad enough, but the I-Team has uncovered how Child Protective Services was monitoring the family in the five months leading up to the police investigation.
There were visits to the home and at least six reported contacts with CPS and medical professionals. CPS was aware the child didn’t have her feeding tube for weeks. Finally, on Aug. 20, a home health care nurse noticed extreme weight loss within a week for that child and acted. This led to the children being taken to University Medical Center, and later, the parents’ arrests.
Timeline of the visits made by Child Protective Services and medical professionals to the Campbell and Red residence
- February 2019: CPS Specialist becomes involved with Chanse Campbell, Semiah Red and their four children.
- July 2019: CPS begins monitoring the family.
- July 2, 2019: A registered nurse from Positively Kids makes first contact with family and observes a juvenile female victim’s Gastrostomy Tube is dislodged and site is leaking. Nurse advises Red take victim to hospital immediately.
- July 9, 2019: Positively Kids RN returns to family’s residence, observes juvenile female victim’s G-Tube still dislodged and leaking. Red tells the nurse she forgot to take the child to the hospital despite being advised to do so immediately.
- July 22, 2019: Female juvenile victim’s G-tube is allegedly replaced.
- August 6, 2019: CPS specialist responds to the residence of Chanse Campbell and Semiah Red in an unannounced visit. Female juvenile victim’s arm is allegedly fractured on this day.
- August 8, 2019: Positively Kids RN visits the family and first observes underweight juvenile male victim.
- August 12, 2019: Positively Kids RN weighs two children in the home, the female victim weighed 21.2 lbs. while the male child had a reported weight of 17.4 lbs.
- August 20, 2019: Home health nurse responds to the family residence; the children are weighed again and the female weighed 18.8 lbs. while the male weighed 14.4 lbs. The children are transported to Positively Kids at the Child Haven Campus where their extreme weight loss is confirmed and are then taken to Sunrise Hospital.
- August 22, 2019: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Abuse/Neglect Details receives report from CPS about medically fragile child and sibling with non-accidental trauma. Respond to UMC Hospital.
- August 23, 2019: Metro and CPS conduct audio/video recorded interview with Red. Red also reports Chanse Campbell has fled to California after being notified children have been taken into protective custody by CPS.
- September 11, 2019: Metro Abuse/Neglect detectives make contact with Chanse Campbell at family court and is taken into custody without incident.
A Clark County spokesman says the CPS worker in charge of the case is still employed by the department.
As for this situation, CPS cites privacy laws and does not comment on specific cases. There is no word on how those children are doing.
The parents are now out on bond and are expected to be back in court in December.