Police say foster mom explained why she shoved, knocked out 5-year-old girl who later died of injuries

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.

E-mail John Tunison: jtunison@grpress.com

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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 Lulu.com 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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