'There is a lot of work to do': McAnulty case a tragic reminder for child welfare advocate

Jeffrey Todahl said there has been an explosion of prevention services in Lane County since Maples' death.

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 7:20 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A child welfare advocate says he's determined to continue fighting child abuse after a Eugene woman on death row had her sentence and conviction vacated by a judge. Angela McAnulty pleaded guilty to torturing and killing her 15-year-old daughter in 2009. 

A spokeswoman for the Oregon Attorney General's Office said they are reviewing the court’s decision and evaluating their next steps. They said they have around 30 days to appeal the order or allow Angela McAnulty to have another trial.

According to prosecutors, McAnulty singled out her daughter Jeanette Maples to beat and starve while allowing her other two children to eat.


Jeffrey Todahl is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon and is co-director of the Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect. They hope to reduce child abuse by 90% by the year 2030. Todahl said the recent developments in McAnulty case serve as a reminder for him that there is work to be done.

"It's a painful, tragic memory, and child abuse and neglect in all of its forms continues to happen at very high rates in Lane County," Todahl said. "We know that to be true and we are working, lots of people are working on that, but there is a lot of work to do."

Todahl said there has been an explosion of prevention services in Lane County since Maples' death. He said people can learn how they can be part of the solution by visiting the K(no)w More Lane County website, where people can find resources and get involved to help keep kids safe.

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