Foster parents charged in death of toddler with DD

  1. http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs...WS01/608300353

    This story is tragic on so many levels. Once again, the system that is supposed to protect our most vulnerable children has failed one of them miserably. Why, oh why, would such people be allowed to take in a child with Marcus' needs? Because for whatever reason, states have never invested the time and money needed to build a foster care infrastructure that could find appropriate placements for these kids.

    It also makes me so sad that this story got virtually no national airplay, while we've all spent the last two weeks hearing about what a kook John Mark Karr is. I am on several large listservs of DD professionals, and the first I heard of this was last night in an e-mail from an old friend who now lives near Cincinnati.

    From the article:

    David and Liz Carroll pinned their 3-year-old foster son's arms behind his back, covered him in a blanket and then wrapped him with packing tape like a mummy, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Tuesday.
    Only the toddler's head was exposed, he said.
    Then, as Marcus Fiesel cried out in fear, the Union Township couple turned on a fan, shut the door to the 5-by-7-foot closet, walked down the stairs and left the house for a day-and-a-half to attend a family reunion in Kentucky, Deters said.
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   rninme
    Mercy....I couldn't read the story. Many foster parents are in it for the money only....
  4. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from rninme
    Mercy....I couldn't read the story. Many foster parents are in it for the money only....
    And the sad thing is that it really isn't enough money to properly care for him, anyway. Not if they were doing what they're supposed to be doing, and using that money for his needs. As a parent of a child with autism, I can tell you unequivocally that $1000 a month doesn't touch what we've spent over the years on things like retrofitting our house with special locks and alarms, replacing the toilet frequently, buying special products to accommodate sensory issues, more frequent dental cleanings since toothbrushing is so problematic, etc. And of course, there are all the same expenses that parents of typical kids have, too. I am not complaining at all. I'm just pointing out that unfortunately, accommodating special needs usually costs more than accommodating typical ones. So even though the state is willing to pay more for these kids than for ones without DD, it still falls so far short that in many cases, the only people who will accept the placement are those that have no intention of using the money as it is intended to be used. It is all just so sad.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Horrible story.

    Also, very confusingly written - the chronology had me reading it over again to figure out what exactly happened.

    Plus, forgive my ignorance, but what is "DD"? The story didn't mention anything specific about something being wrong with this child.

    Thanks mercy . .

    steph
  6. by   Tweety
    "It is the opinion of this office and the Clermont County Prosecutor's Office that these two individuals should be charged with murder," Deters said. He also did not rule out the death penalty"

    Nuff said.
  7. by   mercyteapot
    DD= developmental delay or developmental disability. My friend's email said autism specifically, so I think there is some confusion about what exactly the diagnosis was. This particular article only mentions Marcus' ''special needs'' in the last part of the story, but there are other articles online that mention his cognitive functioning at about half of his chronological age. But hey, at least John Mark Karr got all the attention he's been craving lately...
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from mercyteapot
    DD= developmental delay or developmental disability. My friend's email said autism specifically, so I think there is some confusion about what exactly the diagnosis was. This particular article only mentions Marcus' ''special needs'' in the last part of the story, but there are other articles online that mention his cognitive functioning at about half of his chronological age. But hey, at least John Mark Karr got all the attention he's been craving lately...
    Thanks. Beyond the "special needs" description, I found nothing else in that article.

    I just do not understand things like this - it is evil personified.

    Tweety - yep, definitely charge them with murder.

    steph
  9. by   CHATSDALE
    1]autism
    2] neglectful birth mother
    3] horrific foster parents

    the poor child had no chance
  10. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    1]autism
    2] neglectful birth mother
    3] horrific foster parents

    the poor child had no chance
    I think you have to add a 4] safety net system with a big old hole in it!
  11. by   rehab nurse
    how very sad.

    my little boy just turned four, and at the latest appointment i got with his doctor, they finally offered autism as the probable cause of everything he's been going through.
    i am lost right now, because of so much going on with my health, and with my daughter's learning disabilities. it was about a year ago that the word autism was thrown in with a whole list of other dx's, and it was never brought up again until this last visit. i don't even know where to turn at this point.
    i feel so very sad for that little boy. i can't imagine being tied up with blankets and tape at 3 years old and being locked in a dark closet for two days with no food, water, or love.
    i hope the parents get put away so they can't do this again.
  12. by   mercyteapot
    rehab, sorry, I didn't know you had responded here too, and I just answered your pm. Please be sure to let me know what part of the country you're in so that when I respond, I can send you local resources!
  13. by   mercyteapot
    I get email updates from my friend. She told me they're on suicide watch. Oh please, just do us all the favor...
  14. by   leslie :-D
    it is tragic on various levels.
    suicide watch?
    please.
    just do it.

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