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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