CPS updates guidelines on children, sex diseases

HOUSTON (AP) - Texas Child Protective Services will take a more aggressive approach when a youngster tests positive for a sexually transmitted disease.

It now mans that an abuse victim tests positive for an STD, all children in the household will be tested.

Children who test positive will be examined for sexual abuse and be interviewed more thoroughly by an agency specialist.

The new guidelines come after a woman and her boyfriend were charged with the June 27 death of 4-year-old Emma Thompson of Spring.

Weeks earlier, a doctor who examined the child diagnosed her with genital herpes and notified Child Protective Services.

An exam by a CPA investigator found no signs of sexual abuse, and genital herpes can be transmitted in a non-sexual manner, so Emma was not removed from her home.

Emma's two sisters have been placed with relatives.

Information from Houston Chronicle: http://www.chron.com