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.