When is this going to stop? When will children stop being murdered in Foster Care? When will CPS be held accountable.
GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP — A 30-year-old foster mom, Joy Heaven, told investigators she shoved her 5-year-old foster child because she wet her pants and was in the way, causing an injury that police say led to the child’s death, court records show.
A probable cause affidavit filed by a Kent County sheriff’s Detective Randy Kieft alleges that Heaven, of Gaines Township, admitted she shoved Emily Meno about 8 p.m. on July 15.
“Emily flew through the air with her feet off the ground and landed on her head in the kitchen,” Kieft wrote. “Emily was unconscious for several seconds.”
According to Kieft, Heaven managed to wake up Emily and sent her to bed. But two hours later, Emily got out of bed and threw up. She then fell to the ground unresponsive.
Heaven told police she tried to revive Emily when she would not wake up and called 911, according to the affidavit.
Police consulted with forensic pathologist Dr. Stephen Cohle, who told them the girl’s injury was consistent with Heaven’s statement. He also said the injury is frequently seen in a person hitting their head on a hard object with a lot of force.”
Heaven was arraigned by video today in Kent County District Court on a charge of felony murder and held on a $10,000 cash bond.
She appeared in disbelief as Judge Sara Smolenski read the charge against her and asked if she understood.
Heaven was a foster parent through Bethany Christian Services, but it was unclear how long she had been doing the work.
Emily and her twin sister, Tiffany, were removed from their mother, Lori Meno, amid Child Protective Services allegations she could not care for the girls because of mild impairment.
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