Jessica Scovil Dies in Foster Care in 2008 in Jackson County Georgia

Jackson County Georgia. A sleepy little agricultural county in Northeast Georgia. The main industry is chicken farms. It has an unemployment rate of 10.4%. Most children drop out of school before they are seniors. To get away from the noise and cogestion of Atlanta there have been numerous transplants. At one time it was a nice place to live. But that all changed. One of the reason is Jackson County Department of Family and Children Services. They are the new world order. Therer is no one watching them so they have full reign to do as they please when they please under the guise of sercrecy and and confidentuality.
Let’s look at the facts. Jessica Scovil is a prime example. This baby didn’t have to die. She didn’t have to be removed from her mother’s arms and she didn’t have to live with strangers who killed her.
Little Jessica was born in December 2007- in March 2008 Jackson County DFCS shows up at her parents door because of an “anonymous” phone call. The caller said that the mother Eveyln Carter had not bonded with her baby and the baby had not been kept clean. My question is How did this caller know? Was this caller with the mother and child 24 hours a day. Did this person see on a regular basis that Ms. Carter didn’t “bond” with her child? Did the know caller know for a fact that the baby was as “not kept clean”?
My answers to all of these questions would have to be absolultly not. The caller didn’t know, couldn’t kow and would never know. The reason, simple, the caller lied. This young mother was never given an opprotunity- not that she needed the blessing of Jackson County DFCS or any one else. She was a young – new mother. Now this baby is dead, another mother has been charged with killing her. Jessica’s parents no longer have their daughter who they loved. Jessica will never have a future and the world is not better off.
Jackson County DFCS is knows for their strong arm- hell bent and the world be dammed tatics. When they take a child they do so with the intent of never ever reunifing it with its natural parents again. Jessica was blond and blue eyed. She was a gift for an adoptive family. She was worth at least the $4000.00 plus that DFCS gets when they snatch a child. She was also worth at least $500.00 per month to the foster parent who also had other foster children as well as her own.
Children in that county have become a commodity to snatch and sell to suppliment the income of foster parents and adoptive parents. They have also become a way to fill the coffers of DFCS which is going broke because the state is broke. DFCS employees don’t want to take fulough days, they don’t want to be laid off and they certainly don’t want to lose the benefits that come when they retire from being a state employee not to mention all the perks of being a state employee. Little Jessica is just one of many that have been snatched and sold under the guise of “negelct and deprivation”.
There are three more who are also in the hands of Jackson County DFCS who are siblings. Their names are Autumn Destiny DeShawna Thomason, Sara Luvelle Texanna and Carly Wilfawn. Their mother is Alice Smanatha Thomason. She has jumped through all of their hoops. Howevever, she still doesn’ qualify for housing and she can’t find a job in a county with a 10.4% unemlpyment rate. So the likely hood of her ever getting her children back are zero- Just like it was when the children were snatched a month before Jessica died.
Jackson County DFCS has become a Black Market with legal help to sell children. They tell the parents not to discuss the case not to tell anyone about anything – the reason- it keeps their secrets safe. They use the guise “it will hurt your case.” That is just another tatic to keep the parent who has lost their child in the dark and uneducated.
No matter what Samantha does, just like it didn’t matter what Jessica’s parents did, she will never get her children back. There will always be some excuse – another hoop to jump through- another test she must endure- this is done with the expectation that the children will lose the bond with their mother, that they will bond with their foster mother Donna- so when the time comes Jackson County DFCS can say “Your Honor, to much time has passed. The children have bonded with their foster mother and don’t know their real mother anymore. It would be to disruptive to remove them from this home and allow them to go back to their mother.” Judge Guidry would then “rubber stamp” the paperwork, DFCS would get a check, Donna the foster mother would get the kids and a check until the youngest one who is five turns 18. Presto!!! Instant money. Everyone is happy. But wait, what about Smanatha, what about her children? What about their happiness- DFCS would come back and say, “well it is in the best interest of the children”. Try again, It is in the best interest of DFCS and the foster/adoptive parents.
The best interest of the children is a moot point, it is just a means to an end. This is why Jessica Scovil is dead. This is why her parents grieve after all this time. This is why Jessica Scovil will never have a future, will never have her own family, will never grow up and will never be part of the future. Jackson County Department of Family and Children Services, the casework, the judge, the supervisor and all involved including the foster mother who left the baby in the car are all culpable. They are all responsible for the murder of this beautiful blue eyed- blond headed baby- who should have never been snatched and sold for “thirty pieces of silver”. They all betreayed her, just like they have betreayed, Shawna, Carly, and Sara.

Alice Samantha Thomason, Autumn Destiny DeShawna Thomason, Sara LuvelleTexanna and Carly Wilfawn

Man: DFCS is ‘responsible’ for baby’s death
Couple’s daughter was taken away for alleged neglect, then died in foster car

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Robert Scovil and Evelyn Carter met on a blind date about two years ago. He liked her “ocean blue” eyes and she made him laugh. A few months later they moved in together.

When she became pregnant, it was the first child for both. She was almost 18, had learning problems, and took medicine to control depression and schizophrenia.

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RICH ADDICKS /, courtesy of family/Staff

Robert Scovil and fiancée Evelyn Carter say they made mistakes but were never the neglectful parents to Jessica that officials claimed. Carter likes to dwell on happy memories of the child, but Scovil says he can’t stop thinking about how Jessica must have suffered as she slowly died.

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Evelyn Carter and Robert Scovil of Jackson County were working to improve their parenting skills to get baby Jessica back when officials showed up to tell them she was dead. They say the foster mother should face charges, but none have been filed.
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Scovil, considerably older at 32, wondered whether his job driving a forklift could support a family. He started working more hours. She took parenting classes. They read books about babies together.

On Dec. 3, 2007, Jessica Scovil was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, weighing 6 pounds and 10 ounces. The couple were delighted, and nervous. Their life as parents, though, would last less than a year.

Like many new parents, they struggled to cope with their new family responsibilities. They lived in a government-subsidized home in Jackson County, about 60 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Then one day in March, the state child welfare agency appeared at their door, responding to an anonymous complaint that Jessica was not receiving proper parenting and supervision. The person said Evelyn Carter had not bonded with her child and that baby Jessica had not been kept clean, according to agency records.

About a month later, the state removed Jessica from her home and placed her with a foster family. The couple were devastated but determined to bring their daughter home, and they earnestly began working to fulfill the state’s demands that they take parenting classes, alcohol counseling and psychological evaluations in order to get Jessica back.

They had made progress and hoped to have Jessica back this month. They were baby-proofing the house, putting plugs in electrical outlets, making sure the smoke detectors worked.

The happy reunion never arrived. Jessica died while in the care of a state-appointed foster mother.

On Sept. 2, the foster mother, Wendy Osborne, failed to realize she left Jessica in her van, according to the police report. It was a day when temperatures reached 85 degrees. Two hours passed before Osborne checked her burgundy Dodge Caravan. Jessica, one day short of 9 months old, died in her car seat. Her body temperature reached 108 degrees, the police report said.

The next morning, Carter answered a knock on the door and saw several people from the Division of Family and Children Services and the Sheriff’s Office. Their news was horrifying.

Speaking recently at their attorney’s Atlanta office, the parents talked about the grief and anger they felt after Jessica died in the care of the DFCS, an agency that is supposed to protect children.

“They are responsible for this,” Scovil said.

If the state had done its job, Carter added, “she’d be alive.”

Now they dwell both on memories and some terrible thoughts of what happened the day their daughter died.

Evelyn Carter cherishes the memory Jessica’s birth in December. “She didn’t cry much. She didn’t fuss a lot. Just a normal kid,” she said.

Scovil, though, keeps thinking about the girl’s death, a child left alone in someone else’s van on a hot day, “crying until she couldn’t breathe anymore.”

Police and DFCS investigations into the girl’s death continue. No charges have been filed. The parents believe Osborne should face criminal charges.

“Every morning I wake up and I don’t have Jessica,” Scovil said. “She took that away from me.”

The parents also believe Jessica should never have been removed from their home, and they have other issues with the foster care mother.

Jessica’s parents say Osborne was overwhelmed with five children in her household, including three foster children. They were alarmed that, according to the police report, Osborne had told police that she had taken prescription drugs before she got behind the wheel that day, which may have made her groggy.

Osborne, 29, has declined to comment, according to her attorney, Phil Pilgrim, who issued a statement saying she is “devastated and heartbroken.” He also said she did nothing criminal.

DFCS spokeswoman Dena Smith said Osborne, who also lives in Jackson County, has been a foster parent for about five years and there has been no sign of trouble with her before.

In the days prior to Jessica’s death, Scovil and Carter said, they were preparing for a court hearing on Sept. 16. Carter had completed the parenting classes and Scovil was continuing the alcohol counseling, they said. Their supervised visits with their daughter, one hour a week, were going well, according to the DFCS file on the case, obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through the state Open Records Act.

One report of a July 14 visit said, “Parents very loving and positive. … Baby babbled to father especially.”

DFCS spokeswoman Smith said the couple were making progress toward getting back their daughter.

When the DFCS had removed Jessica from the parents’ home in April, the agency pointed out problems with Carter’s abilities as a parent.

“They said I had the mind of a 6-year-old and that I would never grow out of it,” she said.

Carter acknowledged that she suffers from depression, bipolar disorder and that she has bouts of schizophrenia when she is not taking her medication.

Scovil said he had problems with alcohol in the past and had two DUIs, the last one about 10 years ago. He denied a complaint made to the DFCS that he had driven drunk with Jessica in the car.

The DFCS determined that the child had been neglected and that she could be in danger of further neglect if left in the home, according to the files. The agency’s plan was to work with the parents and eventually reunify the family.

For now, Jessica’s room at her parents’ home, with its crib and rattles and toys, remains intact. The couple don’t quite know what to do with it.

The couple, who are engaged, think about the memories they have of the blue-eyed infant who liked to stick out her tongue for photos: Jessica learning to crawl, sitting up for the first time, chewing on her rattle.

And they think about the memories they had hoped to make: Taking her fishing, teaching her to swim.

Carter wants to write a poem about Jessica.

“Every time I try,” she said, “I cry.”

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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7 Responses to Jessica Scovil Dies in Foster Care in 2008 in Jackson County Georgia

  1. Shari says:

    Please, do something about this horrible accident, the death of Jessica can’t go unpunished, she didn’t deserve to die. Her parents were trying so hard to be better. It’s a shame there is no justice for innocents.


    • yvonnemason says:

      I am fighting with all of my might to make sure her death doesn’t go by the wayside. You are right she didn’t have to die. She didn’t have to be snatched by Jackson County, Ga. DFCS. IF you read the entire blog you will see that I have named names, and blasted the abuse that goes on in that county. My youngest daughter is in the same fix. Her three girls were snatched by Jackson County DFCS and placed in foster care. Now the youngest who is five years old has a broken arm and the oldest who is nine years old has a black eye. And no one will give any honest answers. Just excuses. But that doesn’t stop me. They hate me up there are would love to shut me down. Not going to happen. They have to be exposed for the greed- corruption and abuse they perpatrate on the poor and uneducated. They have to be exposed for the fear and emotional blackmail the use to keep parents under their thumb. They had no intention of ever giving that mother back Jessica, they were going to adopt her out not matter what those parents did. That is just what they do.


    • Tina Swatkowski says:

      I am Jessica’s grandmother, I live in the state of New York that has the same type of law that allowed the state of Ga to remove Jessica from my daughter. I hold an annual walk called The Parental Custody Bill Law witch makes people aware that there is a law that says the state can remove your child just because you have a mental illness. I am working very hard in my state to change that law. Because of what happened to Jessica, the state of NY sent in Child Protect Services to “check out” Evelyn’s home before she could take her little AprilMarie home. 2 almost 3 months later they are still in her life because of what happened with Jessica. Our family is still paying for what they did to her.


      • yvonnemason says:

        Tina thank you for posting your comment. The fight continues to either make cps go away or to make it where they can’t steal children just because they are poor and uneducated or sick. We all know they are in it for the money. Hopefully- we can wake up those who really believe cps is a good thing. They don’t understand it is our tax dollars which is used to murder and abuse children they steal. Your granddaughter is always in my thoughts. Your daughter is as well. As grandmother’s we keep up the fight to save the children. Thank you for all you do in New York. Send me any information you would like for me to post on the blog you can send it to


  2. nikita says:

    I am Jesses anut. I think about what happens all the time. I never got the chance to meet my neice. i work with my mom to help changed this law. i am 3 mothns prago and i have some of the same prolbems that my sister had puls some that are way more worse. my mother and i have been working for a year to make sure that me and my baby are going to be ok. i pry for all of those kids out there that are being taking away from there moms and dads for no rison. and i see kids get hurt all the time and nother happens to them. it makes me sick. i really hope that between you and my mom we can change this law. and keep all of us kids safe.


  3. mandy says:

    This is horrible!!! Floyd County is the same exact way!! They have tortured a family member of mine after she and her husband have completed EVERYTHING they were told to do they came and took her newborn that was only 5 days old…. No reason at all to take this baby they were already given there over night visits for there other son that was taken for FALSE allegations.. I dont sugar coat anything and they are by far perfect but will say if anyone has changed and really showed DFACS they want their babies and will do what they are suppose to then it is definanlty them. I just hope nothing happens to this newborn in foster care. I think the DFACS in Jackson along with the foster parent shoud be held accountable for this angels death!! People of Georgia we must do something!!! Its crazy I know mothers that dont take care of their children and do drugs but DFACS wont do a thing except call them a week in advance to let them know they are gonna test them for drugs!!!!!!!! WOW really give them a week to get clean…. Or is it they just dont have anyone wanting to adopt this age group of children!!!


  4. nss says:

    now its been five years since mt neice was MURDED i have a one year old and my sister has 2 baby girls and they r still in her custdy. we r still trying to change the law in ny. everyday we still deal with the pain of loseing jessica and we will never forget never stop trying to make it right, i miss my neice and wish she was here to play with her little cuz and little sister. what happen to my family is bull sh** and i will never stop talking about it and never stop hurting. and i cant even express the pain my sister goes thu everyday cause if it and i know its hard because her new baby loooks just like jessica. its hard for me i cant even imagen how it is for my sister. i think winny should be in prison and neve had cusdy of a kid, she killed a baby gril. she took her life and now she will never know how it feels to be in love. to her her heart broke to go to her porm anything like that and i hate winne for what she did to my family i really do


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