bostonmil4A Kentucky woman has been arrested and charged after a series of phone calls were made making shocking allegations of child abuse.

Except in this case, it’s the caller who was thrown in jail.

Even worse, she’s also a Child Protective Services worker.

“Beth A. Bond, 37, then a social worker in Hardin County with the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and her fiancè, Joseph W. Applegate Jr., 42, are charged in Hardin District Court each with six counts of complicity to call in false reports,” the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Bond and Applegate are charged in connection with a reign of terror they unleashed on their upstairs neighbors, a young engaged couple named Corey Chaney and April Rodgers.
It all started on the morning of April 1, when police officers showed up at their door.

The officers were responding to a call reporting a violent, drunken fight in the Rodgers’ home the night before.

That was a surprise to the young couple, who had spent the evening having a quiet dinner with friends.

Their confusion turned to panic as the calls kept coming.

“One call claimed Rodgers was holding the baby upside down over a balcony; another alleged Chaney was violent and high on methamphetamine; and the last claimed he slammed the child into a wall,” the Courier-Journal reports.

They were terrified that government agents would eventually take their children away.

They had to go through six separate investigations.

“The couple underwent drug tests and repeated scrutiny by social workers and signed multiple ‘prevention plans’ designed to prevent further abuse, even though Chaney and Rodgers knew the reports to be false,” the Courier-Journal reports.

“It was all pretty terrifying,” Chaney said. “We couldn’t figure out why anybody would do that.”

The responding CPS agents knew the calls were false, and even apologized to the family.  By law, they are required to investigate and respond to every report, even if they know it’s not true.

Someone was terrorizing the family, and they were using Child Protective Services’ lax standards of proof as their weapon.

Eventually, law enforcement became just as suspicious as Chaney and Rodgers.

The anonymous calls to the CPS tipline would always come at night.

Mysteriously, they also would come just after CPS investigators would determine the previous call had no merit.

That’s when the young couple decided to test a theory.

Knowing that the latest claim against them was about to closed as unsubstantiated, they contacted their local police to let them know they would not be home that evening.  Chaney and Rodgers took their children and stayed several night with Chaney’s parents.

That night, the CPS tipline got a call.  The caller claimed Chaney had thrown her child into the wall.  The next night, another call came in reporting a violent fight in the apartment.

One problem for the caller, the couple were not home, and the police knew it.

Police eventually traced the calls, and found they were coming from the couple’s downstairs neighbor.

And it turns out that caller had good reason to know how CPS can be used against a family.  Beth Bond is a social worker and CPS agent.

“Bond and Applegate made the false calls to the cabinet’s social service “intake,” or abuse hotline, between April 1 and May 23, according to court records. Police said it was because of a “verbal dispute” with the other couple, a dispute Chaney and Rodgers deny ever happened,” the Courier-Journal reports. “The only motive they know of is that Bond allegedly told police she found her upstairs neighbors ‘too loud,’ Rodgers said.”

“Teresa James, the commissioner of the Department for Community Based Services, the social service arm of the cabinet that employed Bond, said she was appalled to learn one of her own social workers was charged in the case, saying the alleged actions violate basic standards of social work and constitute a criminal offense,” the Courier-Journal reports.

“I find it very disturbing and very disappointing,” James said.