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Case exposes flaws in Hawaii’s child-abuser registry, critics say

  • COURTESY COURTNEY BIRD

    Courtney Bird, left, and her husband Steve Bird live in Tennessee with their three children. Courtney Bird is in a legal battle with Hawaii to remove her name from the state’s child-abuser registry. Her ex-husband Frank Fontana was sentenced to 10 years for manslaughter in the death of their infant daughter in 2007. “Why do I get hit with the same label when I didn’t do anything wrong?” she asked.

For the past seven years, Courtney Bird, 38, has been trying to get off Hawaii’s registry for child abusers, a confidential list that includes about 40,000 names. Unbeknownst to Bird, the state placed her on the registry in 2007. Read more

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