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Foster mother will be charged in Fayette County boy's drowning



 
 
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Default Foster mother will be charged in Fayette County boy's drowning

Foster mother will be charged in Fayette County boy's drowning

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/trib.../s_571906.html

Criminal charges will be filed against a foster mother who was caring
for a 2-year-old Washington Township boy who drowned after wandering
away from a church function in Fayette County, District Attorney Nancy
Vernon said Monday.

Vernon said she will pursue charges of child endangerment and reckless
endangerment of another person in the drowning of 2-year-old Donovan
Barksdale, who ended up in a neighbor's pool Sunday afternoon during a
cookout held by the First Christian Church in Wickhaven in Perry Township.

Vernon identified the foster mother as Jacalyn Mills, a mother of five
and a grandmother of 20 who has served as a foster parent in the past.

Charges will be filed at a later date before Dunbar District Judge
Dwight Shaner, according to Trooper Craig M. Yauch of state police at
Uniontown.



Barksdale died Sunday at 2:22 p.m. in the emergency room of Monongahela
Valley Hospital. Washington County Coroner Tim Warco said the child is
believed to have drowned in the pool. The manner of death is pending the
results of an autopsy, according to Yauch.

Vernon said the toddler was one of two foster children who were in
Mills' care because the parents' rights had been terminated. The other
child has been removed from the foster mother's care, she said.

"A 9-year-old was allegedly watching the 2-year-old. When the adults
went to eat, a query was made. The 9-year-old forgot that he was
watching the child," Vernon said.

"It's tragic. I'm sure that Jacalyn Mills is extremely upset. But then
again, 2-year-olds do have a tendency to wander, and it's up to the
adults to watch and protect them," Vernon said.

A woman who answered the phone at Mills' residence last evening declined
an interview.

Vernon said the boy walked unnoticed for about 310 feet to the pool. It
sits in the backyard of a home owned by Brett A. Dolfi, according to
Fayette property records. The family was not home at the time of the
drowning.

A.J. Boni, Perry Township supervisor, said swimming pools fall under the
jurisdiction of the county and the Uniform Construction Code.

The code requires fences for in-ground pools and above-ground pools that
are more than 4 feet deep. A removable ladder or one that lifts and
locks is needed on above-ground pools that are 2 to 4 feet in depth,
according to the code.

A check of permits -- issued after the UCC went into effect in 2004 --
found none for the pool's owner. But pools that were installed before
2004 did not require a permit under the code, according to county
planning office personnel.

Donovan Barksdale and his siblings have been in foster care under the
auspices of the Westmoreland County Children's Bureau for at least 18
months, according to Westmoreland court records.

Barksdale's two siblings remain in foster care and are living with a
family in the Rostraver area.

Westmoreland Children's Bureau Executive Director Shara Saveikis
declined to discuss the case, citing confidentiality concerns.

The children's biological mother, Donna Barksdale, 22, of New
Kensington, claimed the children's father had threatened her with
violence in January 2007, according to a protection from abuse, or PFA,
petition filed in Westmoreland County.

Barksdale made those allegations to a caseworker during an in-home visit
a week earlier.

Donovan Barksdale was 8 months old. He and his 3-year-old brother and
1-year-old sister already were living in foster care at that time,
according to court records.

The children's biological father, Ray Russell Jr., 37, of New Kensington
did not challenge the PFA order. The case was dropped three months later
when neither parent appeared in court for a hearing.

Russell, an inmate at Westmoreland County Prison, was convicted in April
of aggravated assault for hitting a girlfriend. He is awaiting
sentencing for that offense.

Liz Zemba can be reached at or 724-626-3561.





An Inconvenient Truth about Child Protective Services, Foster care, and
the Child Protection "INDUSTRY"

Child Protective Services Does not protect children...
It is sickening how many children are subject to abuse, neglect and even
killed at the hands of CPS.

every parent should read the free handbook from
connecticut dcf watch...

http://www.connecticutdcfwatch.com

Number of Cases per 100,000 children in the US
These numbers come from The National Center on
Child Abuse and Neglect in Washington. (NCCAN)
Recent numbers have increased significantly for CPS

Perpetrators of Maltreatment

Physical Abuse CPS/Foster care 160, biological Parents 59
Sexual Abuse CPS/Foster care 112, biological Parents 13
Neglect CPS/Foster care 410, biological Parents 241
Medical Neglect CPS/Foster care 14 biological Parents 12
Fatalities CPS/Foster care 6.4, biological Parents 1.5

Imagine that, 6.4 children die at the hands of the very agencies that
are supposed to protect them and only 1.5 at the hands of parents per
100,000 children. CPS perpetrates more abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse
and kills more children then parents in the United States. If the
citizens of this country hold CPS to the same standards that they hold
parents too. No judge should ever put another child in the hands of ANY
government agency because CPS nationwide is guilty of more harm and
death than any human being combined. CPS nationwide is guilty of more
human rights violations and deaths of children then the homes from which
they were removed. When are the judges going to wake up and see that
they are sending children to their death and a life of abuse when
children are removed from safe homes based on the mere opinion of a
bunch of social workers.

THIS IS AMERICA'S HIDDEN HOLOCAUST

Currently Child Protective Services violates more constitutionally
guaranteed liberties & civil rights on a daily basis then all other
agencies combined, Including the National Security agency/Central
intelligence agency wiretaping programs…

THE CORRUPT BUSINESS OF CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES
BY: Nancy Schaefer Senator, 50th District of Georgia

http://www.senatornancyschaefer.com/...s.php?filter=6

This is Child Protection?
By Gregory A. Hession, J.D.

http://www.jbs.org/node/4632

Mercenary Motherhood: "Memoirs of a Babystealer."

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/...nion-rightrail

FOSTER CARE IS A 80 PERCENT FAILU. A Brief Analysis of the Casey
Family Programs. Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study. By Richard Wexler

http://www.nccpr.org/reports/cfpanalysis.doc

HOW THE WAR AGAINST CHILD ABUSE BECAME A WAR AGAINST CHILDREN

http://www.nccpr.org/issues/1.html

Adoption Bonuses: The Money Behind the Madness
DSS and affiliates rewarded for breaking up families
By Nev Moore Massachusetts News

http://www.massnews.com/past_issues/...May/mayds4.htm

A recent study has found that 12-18 months after leaving foster ca

30% of the nation’s homeless are former foster children.
27% of the males and 10% of the females had been incarcerated
33% were receiving public assistance
37% had not finished high school
2% receive a college degree
50% were unemployed

Children in foster care are three to six times more likely than children
not in care to have emotional, behavioral and developmental problems,
including conduct disorders, depression, difficulties in school and
impaired social relationships. Some experts estimate that about 30% of
the children in care have marked or severe emotional problems. Various
studies have indicated that children and young people in foster care
tend to have limited education and job skills, perform poorly in school
compared to children who are not in foster care, lag behind in their
education by at least one year, and have lower educational attainment
than the general population.
*Casey Family Programs National Center for Resource Family Support

80 percent of prison inmates have been through the foster care system.

The highest ranking federal official in charge of foster care, Wade Horn
of the Department of Health and Human Services, is a former child
psychologist who says the foster care system is a giant mess and should
just be blown up.

http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=2017991

Four rigorous studies have found that at least 30 percent of America’s
foster children could be home right now if their parents had decent housing.

This study found thousands of children already in foster care who would
have done better had child protection agencies not taken them away in
the first place.

Front-page story in USA Today.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/...m?csp=34#Close

Read the studies online.

Casey "alumni" study: "Improving Family Foster Ca Findings from the
Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study,"

http://www.casey.org/Resources/Publi...lumniStudy.htm

MIT study: "Child Protection and Child Outcomes: Measuring the Effects
of Foster Care,"

http://www.mit.edu/~jjdoyle/doyle_fo...arch07_aer.pdf

Texas comptroller's "Forgotten Children" reports:

www.window.state.tx.us/forgottenchildren

The bottom line? - Child Protective Services and the Foster Care system
for the most part turns out young adults that are nothing more than
walking wreckage...

CURRENTLY CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES VIOLATES MORE CONSTITUTIONALLY
GUARANTEED LIBERTIES & CIVIL RIGHTS ON A DAILY BASIS THEN ALL OTHER
AGENCIES COMBINED INCLUDING THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY/CENTRAL
INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WIRETAPPING PROGRAMS....

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, HAPPILY DESTROYING THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT
FAMILIES YEARLY NATIONWIDE AND COMING TO YOU'RE HOME SOON...

BE SURE TO FIND OUT WHERE YOUR CANDIDATES STANDS ON THE ISSUE OF
REFORMING OR ABOLISHING CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES ("MAKE YOUR CANDIDATES
TAKE A STAND ON THIS ISSUE.") THEN REMEMBER TO VOTE ACCORDINGLY IF THEY
ARE "FAMILY UNFRIENDLY" IN THE NEXT ELECTION...
 




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