More Caseworkers Need to Be Charged When They Allow A Child to Be Murdered While in the System

This article also appeared in our paper here in South Florida. It is past time to hold CPS accountable for the murderd and abuse of our children. For years they have remained unaccountable for their part in the deaths and abuse of children they steal for profit. Granted in this case they left the child in a bad place. However, how many more have they snatched out of decent homes and placed them in homes of strangers to be abused or worse. They did what most caseworkers do they falsified the documents stating they had made home visits when in fact they hadn’t. This goes on all the time, a prime example is Nubia, Andrea Fleary stated that the children were fine when she visited the Barahona home on Feb10 when in actuality the twins were already past danger.
The article goes on to state, “Their lawyers say they are scapegoats for a crime they did not commit.” This is exactly what Andrea Fleary’s lawyer has also stated. How can they make such a statement? They may not have “pulled the trigger” so to speak, however, they are just as complicent if not more so simply by doing nothing.
It is past time to take down the system, it is past time to stop these caseworkers from stealing children, lying on paper and getting away with murder. It is time to hold everyone accountable- to if we are going to have this system to teach caseworkers how to know when a child is really being abused not based on heresay. What signs to look for- how to assess a situation without being blinded by money.

Kin, caseworkers charged in girl’s death
Associated Press / March 24, 2011
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E-mail|Print|Reprints|Comments (5)Text size – + NEW YORK — Two former child welfare workers and a grandmother pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges in the death of a 4-year-old girl who was starved, beaten, and drugged, and a prosecutor announced that a grand jury would be convened to look at evidence of potential “systematic failure’’ in the troubled agency.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes said the former workers with the Administration for Children’s Services didn’t do enough to help Marchella Brett-Pierce, who weighed 18 pounds when she died in September.

Child welfare caseworker Damon Adams and supervisor Chereece Bell were charged yesterday with criminally negligent homicide. The girl’s grandmother Loretta Brett was charged with manslaughter.

Their lawyers say the three are being blamed for crimes they didn’t commit.

A special investigative grand jury will consider evidence of possible systemic failure at the child welfare agency, Hynes said.

Marchella’s death harkened comparisons to the 2006 case of Nixzmary Brown, a 7-year-old New York City girl who died of abuse and malnourishment.

In another case earlier this week, a man was charged with assault and reckless endangerment after his girlfriend’s 17-month-old foster child was found unconscious and badly beaten. Kymel Oram suffered bruising, fractured ribs, a lacerated liver, and a bruised spleen. He was in critical condition, though a criminal complaint against the suspect says the toddler was likely to die.

“ACS has a single overarching mission to protect abused and neglected children in New York City. Our staff live up to this difficult and heartbreaking challenge every day,’’ the child welfare agency said in a statement. “Yet when we fail, it can be with tragic results, which we try to learn from and make adjustments. . . . When staff have failed to carry out their basic responsibilities, ACS will and does take appropriate action.’’

“The particular merits of this criminal case aside, we are very concerned that today’s indictments of social work staff may have the opposite effect from what’s intended because it may discourage excellent, idealistic individuals from taking jobs helping our society’s neediest and most vulnerable children,’’ the agency said.

Marchella’s mother told police that she found her daughter’s cold and unconscious body on Sept. 2 and tried to resuscitate her before calling 911. The girl was born with underdeveloped lungs, had serious trouble breathing, and had a breathing tube in her throat, authorities said. She had been hospitalized in the months before her death.

Marchella’s mother, Carlotta Brett-Pierce, was previously indicted on murder and other charges, and has said she is innocent.

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About Yvonne Mason Sewell

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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3 Responses to More Caseworkers Need to Be Charged When They Allow A Child to Be Murdered While in the System

  1. Keisha says:

    I was a foster child from the age of 8-21. And I too was sexually and physically abused in the foster system. I strongly believed the caseworkers should be locked in jail with the parents whom they claim are neglecting their children. Is is not neglect when you contact you are someone else contact the caseworker of abuse and or suspicion of abuse?


  2. lynn gilligan says:

    My Granddaughter Crystal, was put in the state’s custody. it’s Not what you think! they would Not let me, her grandmother, have custody. they made the decision themselves. it did Not even go to Boston. in fact, they told me, “to back off for 6 months.” it’s been almost 2 years. 3 I had my visits stripped. because, my then, 2 year old Granddaughter, had bruises all over her face. I took pictures. they said, “I upset my Granddaughter to the point of hysteria, yet, the visit wasn’t stopped @ that point. I had 1 last visit. they Lie, cheat, & steal! we are in & out of court. I have my visits back, well, i did. who is here to Help Us???? I want my baby Girl Back! oh. my other g~daughter, was able to stay in my home. the other dcf worker, found Nothing Wrong w/my Home! they choose what children they Want! just like the black market! Please, S~body, read this, & Help my family!


  3. jerry says:

    Ms.cps copiah,co. is doing to keep our grandkids we need someone to their anyone out in the land of the free that might have any idea how a normal family fight these kidknappers with unlimited funds making us pay every way just to make us look like thebad guys and with gods help we are still keeping the fight.please tell me is the goverment going to stop this madness or what .they hurt more than they help and we cant do anything while they sell kids out from under loving families


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