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