The Dept. of Family and Children Services (DFACS) – GA, in its press release dated November 9, 2012,
For decades, DFACS has been scrutinized for child deaths and how they have handled investigations where chldren who have died that had prior or current services through the agency. The state reiteraes in their press release how it is going to help its communities by offering training pertaining to safety. The Dept. of Family and Children Services for decades have failed many children by not following protocol and leading the children to be put in harms way. In their press release dated November 9, 2012 showed where DFACS reviewed 150 child death cases
The Department created a specialized team to analyze and evaluate all child deaths reported to the agency. In response to the team’s work, DFCS has increased prevention awareness, identified trends in child fatalities, advanced practice and policy, and further trained staff to respond thoroughly and appropriately to all reports of child maltreatment.
“Our intent is to learn from these tragic events so that no child shall die in vain,” said DHS, Division of Family and Children Services, Director Ron Scroggy. “As such, we believe the next step toward creating safer communities for our children is to continue to educate the public about the harsh realities surrounding child fatalities. We hope that by making this data available communities will be compelled to work with us to keep kids safe.”
After reviewing 150 childeaths, 120 of those had DFCS history prior to the child’s death. The history was defined as children whose families have had contact with DFCS within the last five years. The most frequent causes of death among children with previous DFCS history were natural and accidental. Many of the children were in an unsafe sleep environment at the time of their death.
You can access current and past DHS public education materials, including the DFCS Quarterly Child Death Analysis, visit:
http://dhs.georgia.gov/protecting-georgias-most-precious-asset. —— A DIVERSION?
In my opinion, there is so much denial here or either they are trying to create a diversion to keep public interested in child death prevention that maybe media and public would turn a blind eye to what they are really NOT doing to protect Georgia’s Vulnerable Children. In all my years of research on this very topic, they beat around the bush trying to find excuses for their department. I will NEVER turn my back on Georgia’s Children. After putting forth more effort on researching, I have found that this press release is full of holes.
After the brutal death of Terrell Peterson, in Fulton County, GA. a 5 year old who suffered years of abuse and was beaten to death by his Grandmother and Aunt who were found guilty of murder the Department was put under a fire about how it failed to protect this child from death, lawmakers worked to pass several new laws and one that would allow Doctors to take immediate temporary custody of a child it deemed necessary to be protected from abusers.
I am currently researching more information and articles that say otherwise, that say that this department is still not doing it’s job in protecting our children. I have found more children that had been in contact with this agency prior to their deaths.
In Covington, Ethan Israel Martinez a student at Livingston Elementary School, was found unresponsive Sept. 18, and died five days later at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. After his death, Mann was charged with felony murder, aggravated battery and cruelty to children; he remains in the Newton County Detention Center, see article: http://www.newtoncitizen.com/news/2012/oct/30/dfacs-investigated-livingston-student-prior-to/, Much of the information in the nearly 200 pages provided to the Citizen was redacted, but it shows that the boy was observed by DFACS in June 2008 in DeKalb County and September 2010 in Newton County after allegations of physical abuse, but the cases were closed after no abuse or neglect was found. It was not clear from the records provided who the child lived with at those times.
After Martinez’s mother left for work on the morning of Sept. 18, Mann apparently told the 911 operator that he went to get the boy on the bus for school and reportedly found him lying on his bedroom floor with his eyes open and breathing hard, but he wasn’t moving and had a red mark on the back of his head. After putting him in a cold shower and trying to dress him, the child began to gag, and Mann called 911, according to the reports.
#Records show domestic violence was denied to be in the home, although the mother reportedly wanted out of the relationship. It appears that someone reported that Martinez had fallen on the playground at school and off the bed several times in recent months, although the school was unaware of those issues. The school reported that Martinez appeared to never be happy and never smiled.
#The boy also supposedly complained of headaches, but his doctor had no reports of the complaints, reports show.
#Mann also admitted to having physically disciplined Martinez in December when he accidentally hit him on the side of the face instead of in the back of the head, where he meant to hit him, and then earlier in the month, he spanked him several times after he failed to do his homework. Martinez had an individualized education plan at school with help in several subjects, records show.
#A doctor reported that the boy’s injuries were “definitely a result of abuse,” not from a fall, records show. When confronted with the information, Mann requested an attorney. Afterward, he admitted to accidentally hurting “that kid,” spanking, squeezing, shaking and throwing him, which caused him to have seizure-like tendencies. An autopsy ruled that Martinez died from blunt force trauma to the head — he had several bruises and a contusion on the right lung.
This is only a handful of cases where children were protected to death and who had contact with the agency. Is there a better way for them to investigate their cases or are they too caught up in propaganda? Money laundering, and child trafficking of innocent children who should have been home with their parents. I’ll be continuing my research so be sure to check in often to see what I have posted.