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Duluth woman's foster license revoked after son accused of sex with child

A West Duluth woman has had her child foster care license revoked because a child allegedly was sexually abused while in her care. Barbara Ellen Randolph, 205 N. 38th Ave. W., received the revocation order by certified mail dated July 22 from the...

A West Duluth woman has had her child foster care license revoked because a child allegedly was sexually abused while in her care.

Barbara Ellen Randolph, 205 N. 38th Ave. W., received the revocation order by certified mail dated July 22 from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Under Minnesota law, she has the right to appeal the revocation.

A man who identified himself as her grandson answered a call to Randolph's home and said she didn't want to comment while the matter is ongoing.

A Department of Human Services spokeswoman said Randolph has 10 days remaining to appeal and is allowed to continue operating as a foster home in the interim.

Michael James Randolph, 28, faces a felony charge of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a foster child younger than 13 in Barbara Randolph's home, according to a criminal complaint filed April 4. Duluth police said Michael James Randolph is Barbara Randolph's son.

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The complaint listed Michael James Randolph's address as 3507 W. Second St. in Duluth, but the accompanying statement of probable cause said his address was unknown and it was believed "he may attempt to return to North Dakota."

The complaint said the alleged sexual conduct occurred in the summer of 2012 and was first reported to Duluth police on March 5 after the alleged victim, a girl, confided to a therapist assigned to work with foster children.

In a March 15 interview at the First Witness office in Duluth, the child said she had reported the alleged incident to her foster mother but wasn't believed.

Michael James Randolph's case is scheduled for a jury trial on Aug. 27 after a pretrial hearing in front of Judge Heather Sweetland scheduled for Aug. 12, according to the St. Louis County Attorney's office. He's represented by public defender Jeremy Downs, who couldn't be reached for a comment on Wednesday.

The revocation letter to Barbara Randolph cited a St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services investigation that found a foster child had been sexually abused in her home. "You were aware of the abuse and you failed to report the information as required," the letter said. "In addition, it was determined that you allowed an individual with a criminal history to move into your home and you failed to submit a background study."

Michael James Randolph previously was convicted of a misdemeanor burglary charge in 2006 and sentenced to probation, according to Minnesota court records.

Barbara Randolph initially was licensed to offer child foster care on June 1, 2011, according to Department of Human Services records. Her licensing agency is North Homes Children and Family Services, which is based in Bemidji and has offices in Duluth and Grand Rapids. The revocation letter said North Homes recommended the action. No one at the agency could be reached for a comment on Wednesday.

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