Another Child Murdered at the Hands of CPS!

Suzanne Listro CPS worker on trial for murder of her foster child

Former CPS Agent Accused of Murdering Foster Child – Trial Begins on Tuesday
Posted: 09 Jan 2010 09:07 PM PST

To let everyone know, this trial is about a dcf worker who was also
double dipping as a foster parent = 2 pay checks for 1 child?
How did that happen? anyone know
The Mansfield woman — and former Department of Children and Families employee — accused of killing a foster child in her care is expected to appear in court Tuesday.

Suzanne Listro, 43 of 260 Stearns Road, was charged with the May 19, 2008, death of 7-month-old Michael Brown Jr.

After months of delay, her jury trial is slated to start at Rockville Superior Court at 10 a.m.

Listro’s Hartford attorney, Hu-bert Santos of Santos & Seeley, could not be reached for comment this morning.

Listro was charged July 16, 2008, with first-degree manslaughter and risk of injury to a minor. She pleaded not guilty to both charges in a December 2008 court appearance.

Listro had worked with DCF for 12 years and spent a year as a “children’s services consultant.”

She was terminated from the department following the death of Brown.

According to DCF Commission-er Susan Hamilton, Brown was Listro’s first foster placement with the department.

Brown was in Listro’s care one week when he died from a “blunt traumatic head injury.”

According to court records, Listro said Brown’s injuries were sustained from “falling off the bed.”

Listro said Brown fell from the bed when she was ejecting a tape from the VCR in her bedroom and the boy began crying, according to the police report.

Court records state she told police Brown cried and screamed, but then stopped and went limp while she picked him up.

However, court documents show Dr. Ronald Gross of Hartford Hospital told police “the victim’s injury did not appear consistent with the reported fall.”

Gross was the physician who pronounced Brown dead at 9:55 p.m. the evening of May 19, 2008, after he was transported to Hartford for medical attention.

The Office of the Chief State’s Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide.

As a result of the death of baby Brown, several state officials called for a “complete overhaul” of the DCF to ensure no more deaths or incidents occur.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said in October 2008 the department needed to be broken up and sections need to be reassigned.

“At the core of DCF’s problems and our recommendations is a fatal dilemma,” said Blumenthal at the time, adding DCF currently hires private individuals for additional services for abused and neglected children.

Blumenthal said the department cannot both hire and regulate providers.

“Doing both presents an inherent, inevitable conflict of interest,” he said. “The agency cannot be both contractor and regulator.”

In a report released in May, it was determined Brown’s death may be attributed to procedural flaws in the DCF.

The report was compiled by the Child Welfare League of America, in collaboration with DCF and the Office of the Child Advocate.

The Child Welfare League is a national nonprofit group in Virginia dedicated to child welfare issues.

According to the report, it was discovered foster parent pre-training did not “adhere” to certain components of the department’s prescribed training curriculum.

In addition to improper training, previous claims of child neglect against Listro were lost in paperwork within the department.

During the investigation, it was discovered personnel responsible for licensing Listro as a foster parent were not aware of two previous “unsubstantiated” investigations connected to the care of Listro’s own child.

In addition to Listro coming under fire, the department is also being blamed for the death of Brown.

His parents sought in May 2009 to sue to department for wrongful death.

The notice of a wrongful-death claim — dated May 12 — was sent to James Smith, the state’s claim commissioner, by Louis Flynn Jr. of the Hartford law firm Brown, Paindiris and Scott on behalf of Michael Brown Sr. of East Hartford.

According to the notice, the claims for damages for the estate of Michael Brown Jr. are estimated to be $15 million.

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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One Response to Another Child Murdered at the Hands of CPS!

  1. This is the worst thing i have read in all my life they talk about criminals who murder, what about these cps workers who are making like decisions for families and their children come up murdered. These people may not think so but they are going to have to give account to God. I don’t care if they don’t believe in God or they have their own god they will give in account. All money is not good money. I would hate to have something like this on my conscience unless my conscience was already seared with a hot iron. What kind of world do we live in. No one cares or say anything unless it gets in the news. The people who make these kind of decisions should be held accountable. I pray that God bring these decison makers to justice real soon.


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