Children's advocates say it is yet another in a series of troubling incidents involving DCS: Jalen's death is at least the 11th death of a child involved in an active or recently closed DCS case since November 2007. They also contend it is a glaring example of why the state must create an independent ombudsman to probe the agency's role in such cases and hold it accountable for its actions.
"Who investigates this agency?" asked Dawn Robertson of Honk for Kids, which assists families involved with DCS.
The answer, at least in Jalen's case: no one.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Another Child Slips Through The Cracks
The Star's Tim Evans has a heart-wrenching story of a two-year-old Daviess County toddler who slipped through the cracks of DCS bureaucracy. Despite a DCS-ordered drug test on Jalen Blake that came back positive for methamphetamine, DCS failed to remove him from the care of his mother. Three weeks later, Blake died at Riley Children's Hospital as a result of injuries he suffered from a beating by his mother. Evans writes: