Baby Dies In Custody Of DCF Employee

Less than two weeks after the state Department of Children and Families took his son, Michael Anthony Brown got a visit from a social worker and five police officers who told him the baby was dead. Full Story
A foster parent

East Hartford, CT

#36 May 21, 2008
belle wrote:
I'm not one bit surprised... DCF used it's own employee in our case..and she got paid the foster care fee on top of her salary!! pretty lucrative business...
I don't believe for a second that they spend any extra time in training.
This child was in the care of an 18yo and fared better. Shame on the family members who called DCF. Who uses babysitters that are well under the legal age of 18? Almost everyone I know..
The state should pay for all funeral expenses for this child in their "care" at the time of his death.
Then they should sue the state to the hilt. My tax dollars were mispent in giving this stupid woman extra income to "care" for this child and I don't mind monies going to the family who lost their child forever...
Foster parents do not receive a "FEE" it is called a stipend and that money is used for shelter, groceries, utilities, clothing,and activities. In this month alone
I have spent money for three field trips for 8th grade celebrations-totaling 120.00, plus the "spending money" for the trips to purchase souvenirs. School pictures and yearbook costs as well.I also purchased her her graduation dress, shoes, etc and will have her hair done. This all in one month. Going out to restaurants, going to amusemnet parks, going to movies, going to the mall, allowance, how do you think we pay for all of this? My foster daughter dresses well and also has her hair done on a regular basis (not cheap) The stipend we receive, we use towards the care of our foster daughter. Unfortunately there are some people who look at fostering as a way to make money but if you are truly taking care of the childern in your care as you should, there is no way to "make money". It is not supposed to be a business.
Momma to MANY

Glendale, AZ

#37 May 22, 2008
CTAFRET wrote:
Stupid, incomplete, irresponsible reporting as usual for the Courant. I foresee a lawsuit from the foster mom!!
STUPID??? I hope the Mom of the child files a lawsuit not just on DCF but on the so called foster Mother who was caring for the child! You have some guts to call this IRRESPONSIBLE or incomplete, there is a dead child here...
Prayers for You

Glendale, AZ

#38 May 22, 2008
GIVE ME A BREAK!!! Why is DCF placing children in the homes of workers. That was never allowed, and it is very unprofessional. A foster Mom should be available for the child, and when your working full time, that is not happening. Let's not hear about what you spend on a child, you make it sound like a burden, if it is so costly to you, and you can't afford it, then don't do it. I did foster care and you get enough money to take appropriate care of that child. I think it is BS, to think that money should pay your mortgage, utilities, or bills. Damn, if you do not want the child in your house and expect to be paid for EVERY walk of that child, than give it up.
This post is about the incompetence of a DCF worker, the death of a child, BS the state puts out there, and why is it that they tried withholding the name? If it was any one else, they sure would have reported. A 7 month old falling off a bed, obviously he was not being attended to, he should have been in a crib. How high was that bed. I hope this stays in the lime light and the heat comes on them, and answers are given. You can spank a child leave a mark on there butt, you are charged, your children taken. But be a DCF worker, have a child die in your care, and it is no big deal. Why is the other child being left in the house, until the investigation is complete. I hope the reporters stay on top of this case and answers are given! Maybe in some cases it is not a business, but in this one it sure sounds that way!
Ahmed

Middletown, CT

#39 May 22, 2008
DCF = Destruction of Children and Families
http://www.wtnh.com/global/story.asp ...

Does DCF have blood on its hands again?

Those of you who read my posts know that I have been encouraging Alan Cohn of WTNH and Dick Blumenthal to follow through on something.

Both men stated their commitment to fully investigate the case of the DCF foster child kept in a "cage" by a Stratford foster family. They were both gung-ho when the story broke, like two frat boys on Thursday nite.

Neither of these men have kept their word. Frankly Blumenthal is a disgrace and it does not surprise me.

I expected more from WTNH and Alan Cohn. But apparently WTNH is more interested in discussing fecal matter on computer keyboards and Christmas decorations in the town of Winsted.

Alan Cohn is should be ashamed of himself. He has no right calling himself an investigative reporter until he actually does an investigation. He is a sensationalist and lacks journalistic integrity.

Blumenthal is far worse. He is a weasel.

Maybe now that another innocent life has been lost at the hands of DCF Alan will get off his behind and start making some phone calls.

Perhaps he should start with a call to Raymond Mancuso. What are his concerns?

Hey Alan....make yourself worthy of that George Foster Peabody Award, follow through on what you said you would do.
Ahmed

Middletown, CT

#40 May 22, 2008
A foster parent wrote:
<quoted text>
Foster parents do not receive a "FEE" it is called a stipend and that money is used for shelter, groceries, utilities, clothing,and activities. In this month alone
I have spent money for three field trips for 8th grade celebrations-totaling 120.00, plus the "spending money" for the trips to purchase souvenirs. School pictures and yearbook costs as well.I also purchased her her graduation dress, shoes, etc and will have her hair done. This all in one month. Going out to restaurants, going to amusemnet parks, going to movies, going to the mall, allowance, how do you think we pay for all of this? My foster daughter dresses well and also has her hair done on a regular basis (not cheap) The stipend we receive, we use towards the care of our foster daughter. Unfortunately there are some people who look at fostering as a way to make money but if you are truly taking care of the childern in your care as you should, there is no way to "make money". It is not supposed to be a business.
You are an agent of the evil empire. You are no better than someone who buys a puppy from a puppy mill.
Prayers for You

Glendale, AZ

#41 May 23, 2008
Ahmed wrote:
<quoted text>
You are an agent of the evil empire. You are no better than someone who buys a puppy from a puppy mill.
I could have not said it better!! This is what DCF approves as a creditable foster family. That poor girl...going to the mall, movies, field trips, feeling special is ALL things EVERY child should experience and not for a stipen from the state, but rather for the love that is in your heart!! If you want a job and weekly salary get off your lazy ass and go to work! Your post, has just validated what substandard measures DCF offers.
Concerned in CT

Enfield, CT

#42 May 23, 2008
Michael was taken from his parents due to "inadequate supervision". This was called in to DCF by a family member of Michael's. I'm sure there was more to it then just the supervision, but that won't be releaseed. When they took Michael they were unable to locate his parents for a couple days. He was taken on a 96 hour hold until it was brought before a judge. Michael went to a loving foster home for the first 4 days. He was then transferred to the home where he eventually died. I find it hard to believe that by falling off a bed he died. My friends have kids that fall off beds, and none of them are dead. DCF rules also say that babies need to be in cribs and you can't sleep in bed with them. If this is true, then why was this DCF foster parent putting this child in a bed?? This is being investigated by the CT state police major crime squad...I don't think they believe that he "fell off the bed" either. DCF is paying for Michael's funeral, but that won't bring him back and that won't ease the sorrow of his parents loss. Nothing can bring him back. He was an innocent baby who was taken too early. The medical examiner is waiting for the results of "more tests"....which i'm sure will be inconclusive and will just leave more questions. How could this happen? He was defenseless, he couldn't fight back, he was 7 mths old. He was a baby that liked to be held and often cried if you weren't holding him...did this send the foster mother over the edge?
DCF is going to protect their own and won't say anything bad. But I think people know what really happened.
My thoughts and prayers go to his family on their loss.
Cheryl

Cranston, RI

#43 May 24, 2008
Its amazing to me the turn this country has taken since Bill Clinton became President. Our country used to help the poor with Aid to families with dependent children. Mothers were able to stay home and care for their own children. When Clinton got into office, he wrote out this benefit and now children are being abused left and right. More women are turning to drugs to alleviate the stress of trying to survive in this economy with children and low incomes. And dont you dare say that poor people have no right to have children. Children are our natural right. Now the states want to pay strangers, who abuse these children more money than what they were giving to the mothers to help support their own children. What hypocrites U.S. citizens are. You cried about supporting "lazy" people but dont have a thing to say about wealthy politicians who use your money for sex and the support of their "habits", smh.
Maximillion

Old Lyme, CT

#44 May 29, 2008
Cheryl wrote:
Its amazing to me the turn this country has taken since Bill Clinton became President. Our country used to help the poor with Aid to families with dependent children. Mothers were able to stay home and care for their own children. When Clinton got into office, he wrote out this benefit and now children are being abused left and right. More women are turning to drugs to alleviate the stress of trying to survive in this economy with children and low incomes. And dont you dare say that poor people have no right to have children. Children are our natural right. Now the states want to pay strangers, who abuse these children more money than what they were giving to the mothers to help support their own children. What hypocrites U.S. citizens are. You cried about supporting "lazy" people but dont have a thing to say about wealthy politicians who use your money for sex and the support of their "habits", smh.
You are so true.

“"Dovie'andi se tovya sagain" ”

Since: Jul 07

MN -now- Hampton Roads

#45 May 29, 2008
Shame on the State..Shame on the 'relative' who called to say the child was 'not with its parents'(was in the care of the guys 18 year old son). Rolled off a bed? Why was a crib not being used? How old was the child?- was he even able to 'roll off the bed'? Anyone get arrested for the death of the child? Probably not since he was in the 'care' of teh state at the time, huh?
mesuzie853

Madison, CT

#46 Jun 8, 2008
what surprises me is that everyone seems to except the explanation that the baby fell off the bed. come on babies fall off the bed and they normally are fine and they certainly don't die. how can a 7 month old survive in an "unfit" biological home for soooo long and within two weeks of being in a "safe" "nurturing" foster home he's is dead. i smell a rat. i am betting she is to blame for his injuries as falling off the bed is a widely used and abused excuse or explanation for hurt or head injured children. dcf is run by people and it would be nice if we could expect them to be of a higher caliber and more honest, accountable and responsible but they unfortunately prove that to be untrue. as for putting this child in a workers home-they can be licensed, but i for some reason, don't believe they are held to the same standard as foster parents. i think it is assumed they will be appropriate caregivers given the jobs they possess NOT SO!!!---and children are just placed with them. there are many good workers in dcf but sadly the bad shine much brighter. pray for the children and the government.
Angery

Newington, CT

#47 Jun 14, 2008
f U, if the father was a good parent the child would never have been taken away.
mesuzie853

New Britain, CT

#48 Jun 15, 2008
Angery wrote:
f U, if the father was a good parent the child would never have been taken away.
wow-did you just fall off a turnip truck??? good parent's make poor choices that can result in the removal of their child. what i attempted to point out is....i find it raises a lot of questions on how a seven month old can surive in an unfit home, one with poor supervision (as the bio father stated the inital report was based on this) and due to no prior medical condition die as a result of falling off a bed, which would equal of course, poor supervision and possibly even neglect.........and i guess your theory would support the opposite--if she was a good foster parent the child never would of died!i still think she is responsible.....i hope i am wrong....one question "why" the F U is that supposed to strengthen your thought..........it didn't
Angry Mom

Mansfield Depot, CT

#49 Jul 18, 2008
This is a tradgedy; This women should never have been allowed any child. She has been accused of child abuse two times prior, and was still able to foster a child and adopt? Learning all this makes sence to me now. I used to work with her adopted son who is only around 2 to 3 not 5 or 6 years old, and he would rebel in class. He did not know how to share and he would forecfully take things from other kids. He would also hit the others which was his way of communication. Looking back on this its not his fault it was what he was tought. This is such a sad thing to happen to two young children and I think Suzanne should spend many years in jail so she can be bullied and see what it feels like.
Farrell4

Jack, AL

#50 Aug 22, 2008
To set the record straight...DCF does not take children away from their parents...The Judge does! DCF will take the children and place them in a safe environment until the Judge decides on what is done based on the reasons for removal in the first place. DCF is not out in the community looking for children to snatch. Someone (usually family) has to place a call to the abuse hotline. The questions I want you to ask yourself is...Do you want nothing to be done about possible abuse on children? Do you know the amount of Foster Families that are short in your state? Why shouldn't Foster Parents be allowed to work if they are Fostering children? How many families do you know where the real Parents don't work and yet they still raise their own kids? Did you see an actual report showing this lady had been arrested for child abuse twice? If she was never convicted it wouldn't be on her record so hence she would have passed a background report. Alot of DCF employees because of the Foster Parent shortage in several states have taken on the role of Foster Parents to help out. Someone had to do it. It is easy to sit back and say what you feel is right or wrong but until you know the facts or have walked in a Foster Parents shoes you really should keep you comments to yourself. Most people have no idea what DCF or Foster Parents go through.
carlene

Hillsboro, NH

#51 Aug 23, 2008
DCF Destoroyer of family and children just dosent stop do they. when are the people going to have enough and get to geather and put a stop to this nonsense. these children belong to the parents not the state. and unless there is clear evidence of abuse or nelect they need to keep their hands of.
carlene

Hillsboro, NH

#52 Aug 23, 2008
Farrell4 wrote:
To set the record straight...DCF does not take children away from their parents...The Judge does! DCF will take the children and place them in a safe environment until the Judge decides on what is done based on the reasons for removal in the first place. DCF is not out in the community looking for children to snatch. Someone (usually family) has to place a call to the abuse hotline. The questions I want you to ask yourself is...Do you want nothing to be done about possible abuse on children? Do you know the amount of Foster Families that are short in your state? Why shouldn't Foster Parents be allowed to work if they are Fostering children? How many families do you know where the real Parents don't work and yet they still raise their own kids? Did you see an actual report showing this lady had been arrested for child abuse twice? If she was never convicted it wouldn't be on her record so hence she would have passed a background report. Alot of DCF employees because of the Foster Parent shortage in several states have taken on the role of Foster Parents to help out. Someone had to do it. It is easy to sit back and say what you feel is right or wrong but until you know the facts or have walked in a Foster Parents shoes you really should keep you comments to yourself. Most people have no idea what DCF or Foster Parents go through.
bull theyn lie and have the children lie and put children in the home of the acuser. what eles is need to have them taken away
Mystik

Willimantic, CT

#53 Oct 6, 2008
My husband is an EX-DCF worker. He got into the field to make a diffrence and ended up with nothing but nightmares and heartache. To many parents loosing all rights to children when it wasn't warrented and to many unfit parents getting their children back only to abuse them again. In the town I live in there is a problem like that still. I know of a woman who is fighting to get her children back but being denied because she has them in child care too much as to work and pay her bills. But on the other hand there is a local drug addicted prostitute who pushed her child around while she tricks. i suppose that is ok because she spends quality time with her child...it's BS!! If anyone can come to the defence of this corrupt system that is DCF you are delusional in your own right.
mel

Brooklyn, CT

#54 Apr 29, 2009
thats a load of bull shit foster parents aren't always the best well i hope that everyone involved gets swed for that baby's death. my nephew is with DCF in hartford ct and my sister will get him back if any thing like this eva happens to my nephew i'll sue every person inbolved not as a group DCF they r roches they com in ya life find nothing and stick on ur life like leaces
mel

Brooklyn, CT

#55 Apr 29, 2009
i'm form wallingford and i hope DCF never does that again to any baby DCF is responsible just as well as the person who killed that baby! personally i hate DCF they don't help the kids in realdanger they help the ones that aren't in danger and when parents need help getin on their feet DCF doesn't wanna help!

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