Another Child is DEAD in Foster Care

Another child dies in Foster care

Posted: Feb 25, 2011 6:05 PM EST
Updated: Feb 25, 2011 8:46 PM EST

Ty’ionna Barfield and mother (Source: JC Battle and Sons Funeral Home)

NORTH COLLEGE HILL, OH (FOX19) – Job and Family Services and the North College Hill Police Department are investigating the death of a 7-month-old foster child.

Brian Gregg, a spokesman with Job and Family Services tells FOX19 the Child, Ty’ionna Barfield, died in her foster home on February 18th. Police were called to the foster home just before 10 p.m. on the 18th after a report that Ty’ionna was not breathing. An officer performed CPR on the child until emergency workers got there and took over. The infant died in the home.

The child had been placed in the foster home just two weeks earlier. According to Gregg, the cause and manner of death has not been released at this time.

According to a prepared statement from Job and Family Services, Ty’ionna was placed into a Lighthouse Youth Services foster home on February 4th and was visited by a worker from Lighthouse the following day. The statement also states the child was visited four days later, then again on February 11th, and was then seen by a pediatric nurse on February 14th.

In a statement, Moira Weir, Director of Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services says, “We are working closely with investigators to get to the bottom of this matter as quickly as possible, for the sake of the family, the agency and this community.”

Since the infant’s death, the other children living in the foster home have been removed until the investigation is completed

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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