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Forum News Service, Published July 24 2013

Duluth woman loses foster care license

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth woman’s foster care license was revoked because a child allegedly was sexually abused while in her care.

Barbara Ellen Randolph received the revocation order 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.

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.

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

Michael James Randolph’s case is scheduled for a jury trial Aug. 27. He’s represented by public defender Jeremy Downs, who couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.