Re: Chid killed after returned to mother
- From: "Chocolic" <chatter448@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2007 05:26:54 GMT
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On Dec 3, 7:29 pm, "Chocolic" <chatter...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:"ItsJustMe" <ells9...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>I think there's a lesson in here somewhere...
There usually is sad to say, but nobody listens.
> Charity Bailey and Lawrence Green had not completed all of the steps > the
> Marion County juvenile court and state Department of Child Services
> required for them to get their children back, but on Aug. 30, a > magistrate
> approved unsupervised trial visits with the children.
> It was during one of those visits, less than three months later, that
> 3-year-old TaJanay Bailey was fatally beaten by her mother and Green,
> according to police.
> The pair, both 20, face murder and neglect charges in the girl's death
> TaJanay was a ward of the state when she died, but she had been > returned
> to her mother and Green for a 30-day trial stay Oct. 31. That step
> occurred after the couple had several successful, shorter day and
> overnight visits.
> Juvenile court records released Friday shed some light on how the Child > In
> Need of Services case involving TaJanay was handled by the court and > DCS,
> but they still leave many unanswered questions.
> The biggest: Why did DCS seek approval to begin the unsupervised visits
> when Bailey and Green had not completed all of the requirements > ordered?
> The documents released by the court involve the case initiated in May > 2006
> after DCS found TaJanay to be a victim of abuse.
> They reveal Bailey did not have stable housing or income as of > mid-August,
> and that Green still needed to complete drug education and participate > in
> random drug testing.
> "Once (Green) completes his parenting class and at least half of his > drug
> education class, he will be able to participate in home-based > counseling
> with (Bailey) at which time trial reunification could become in > effect,"
> case manager Tara C. Hayes wrote in a report prepared for the Aug. 30
> hearing. Hayes' supervisor, Karon Donaldson, signed off on the report.
> It was at that hearing that Magistrate Scott B. Stowers approved the > DCS
> request to begin the trial visits "upon positive recommendations" of > the
> home-based counselor and a guardian appointed by the court to represent
> the interests of TaJanay.
> The file contained no documents, other than a notice of a hearing
> scheduled for Nov. 27 -- the day TaJanay died -- to show if or when > such
> recommendations were made.
> The guardian appointed to represent TaJanay did not know that the > 30-day
> trial visit with Bailey and Green had begun, said Cynthia Booth, > executive
> director of Child Advocates Inc., an agency that represents the > interests
> of children in Marion County cases.
> The guardian learned of the move on Nov. 9, when she visited the foster
> home where TaJanay had been living, Booth said Friday.
> The general practice, Booth said, would be for DCS to inform the > guardian
> before a 30-day placement begins.
> She supported the release of records.
> "I think there is no better reason to open this case to the light of > day
> than what has happened to this child," Booth said during the hearing.
> DCS officials declined to comment specifically on TaJanay's case after > the
> records were released Friday night. The agency's attorneys, however, > had
> lobbied Marion County juvenile court Judge Marilyn Moores to release > the
> entire DCS case file -- 20 inches thick -- in tandem with the court > file.
> Instead, Moores plans to review redactions made to the larger cache of
> records to ensure they restrict identifications and other items as
> required by state and federal law. Those records, which the judge plans > to
> release Monday, should have additional details and notes about the > final
> three months of TaJanay's life.
> DCS Director James Payne said he will be prepared to speak more about > the
> agency's involvement with the family when those records are made > public.
> The public "will see that lots of work was done," Payne said. "It was > done
> in the home. It involved a lot of fingers (from DCS). . . . It was > being
> done in a professional manner."
> His staff is working on its own investigation, which Payne said would > take
> another 10 to 14 days. He then will issue public conclusions about the
> handling of the case and a proposed resolution.
> Pending that review, Payne has assigned administrative desk duty to > Hayes,
> the caseworker who has worked for DCS for seven months, and Donaldson, > her
> supervisor, who joined DCS in 2003.
> The two are "devastated," Payne said. "They take it very personally."
> The Indianapolis Star also has requested records of an earlier CHINS > case
> in which TaJanay was removed from the home in 2004.
> Moores set a hearing for Wednesday to consider that request, as well as
> requests for court records in a CHINS case involving Lawrence Green > Jr.,
> the 6-month-old son of Bailey and Green. Moores will also consider
> releasing Bailey's juvenile record and any CHINS cases involving Bailey
> when she was younger.
> During three hours of argument Friday over whether the records should > be
> released, public defenders Frances Ashton and Ray Casanova vigorously
> opposed the release of any CHINS or DCS records, which normally are
> confidential. A major concern, they said, was the effect their release
> would have on Bailey's right to due process in her criminal trial.
> Moores disagreed, noting confidentiality protections mainly are geared
> toward the child in a case.
> "Government has to be accountable to the people, and government has to > be
> able to demonstrate its accountability to the people," Moores said. She
> added that the public's right to know trumped any harm the public > scrutiny
> might cause Bailey.
> Moores said the court and DCS records will show one of two things:
> "Whether the system worked properly, and only God could have prevented
> this occurrence -- or not."
> Not-guilty pleas
> Earlier in the day in another courtroom, a judge entered not-guilty > pleas
> for Bailey and Green.
> "I'm not the one who whipped her," Green said as he was led to an > elevator
> in the City-County Building's basement.
> He did not respond to questions, but other inmates being led to > courtrooms
> spoke out. "Look who they got me on the chain gang with," one said.
> "Killing an innocent child."
> Earlier, Bailey hid her face and was silent as deputies led a group of
> female inmates down the hall.
> Both defendants told Marion Superior Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt > they
> have been unemployed, and Bailey said she lived on public assistance. > She
> answered Pratt's questions with a tearful, "Yes, ma'am."
> The judge set the trial for March 10. But because Marion County > Prosecutor
> Carl Brizzi has said he plans to seek life sentences without parole for
> both defendants, the trial likely will be delayed.
> Vigil for victim
> As the hearing on court documents stretched into Friday evening, more > than
> 100 people gathered in the cold at the Phoenix Apartments complex on
> Indianapolis' Northeastside to mourn TaJanay and to encourage one > another
> to improve their own lives.
> Bailey and Green lived in the complex, which has been plagued with > poverty
> and crime.
> Friday morning, Brizzi toured the complex with Mayor-elect Greg Ballard
> and several area ministers. Brizzi pronounced conditions "unlivable."
> Police who responded early Tuesday to the Phoenix Apartments reported > that
> it was filthy and infested with mice and cockroaches.
> Brizzi said that along with the help of Ballard and Phoenix residents, > he
> thinks the community will be able to put enough pressure on the owners > to
> clean up the complex.
> "The environment does matter," Brizzi said. "Cockroaches, filth, > mold --
> this is Indianapolis. People ought not to be expected to live this > way."
> Ballard said he intends to bring back the Front Porch Alliance, a
> partnership between government and neighborhood groups that helped > raise
> money for community improvement programs. That effort, Ballard said, > could
> help residents at the Phoenix.
> "These people deserve a decent place to live," Ballard said.- Hide > quoted text -
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God. More cromagnons. I've always believed in mandatory
sterilization by age 10 and then testing to prove parent-worthiness
before sterilization reversal. Some humans aren't fit to procreate.
In this case, the authorities even had a chance to take the child for good, but returned her. This child had a chance and somebody was more worried about the parent's right than the child's.
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