Foster Parent Accused In Shaken-Baby Death Pleads Not Guilty

The Crimimal thing here beyond the obvious is that the child was taken in the first place. CPS should be charged with murder as well. But they will just go out and snatch another child for money.

Posted: 8:46 pm PST December 8, 2010

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — The foster parent accused of shaking a baby to death appeared in a Solano County courtroom Wednesday, while the child’s family members were asking some tough questions of child welfare officials.

53-year-old Reginald Tanubagijo pleaded not guilty to shaking Christian Bito O’Campo to death last week.

Prosecutors said Tanubagijo shook the child on November 29th. The child never regained consciousness and was taken off life support Sunday afternoon.

Tanubagijo’s attorney Jaye Ryan-Maas said this was all just a tragedy and that her client will be exonerated.This is a terrible tragedy and my client is innocent,” said Ryan-Maas. “Follow along. You’ll see it in the court proceedings.”The boy’s relatives said Solano County child welfare services took Christian shortly after he was born when methamphetamines were found in his system.

His mother Christina Bito said she was trying to work out her problems and trusted the county to look after Christian.

“I’m more hurt than angry, because i thought I could depend on the county to help me,” said Bito. “And they just let me down.”

Now the boy’s family is asking tough questions of the county’s child welfare system.

Christian’s uncle and Aunt Dee Dee Bito were willing to take the baby in and were in the process of getting approved by the county to take custody. But they said the social worker in charge of their case went on vacation and the file was put on the back burner until it was too late.

“We wanted Christian out of foster care and with family,” said Dee Dee Bito.

The county said Christian’s death was a tragedy and that all foster parents undergo a rigorous background check.

“There are statewide requirements on how to do that, and we meet or exceed all those standards to make sure the kids are into a loving family home,” said Solano County Spokesperson Stephen Pierce.

Three-month-old Christian will be buried on Saturday. The man accused of shaking him to death will be back in court next week.

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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