2-year-old fatally injured by mother

2-year-old fatally injured by mother

There are 42 comments on the WISH-TV 8 Indiana News story from Aug 5, 2008, titled 2-year-old fatally injured by mother. In it, WISH-TV 8 Indiana News reports that:

State child welfare officials reportedly allowed a 2-year-old boy to remain in his mother's custody after the child tested positive for methamphetamine.

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loving grandma

Warsaw, IN

#1 Aug 5, 2008
dont you think the charges came just a few weeks too late!!!!!! this could have been prevented!!!!! breaks my heart that we can't provide adequate protection for the innocent!!!!!!! it's not enough that his mother is an addict but our child protection services evidentally think it's ok for him to test positive for meth and stay with his worthless mother. ALL OF YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#2 Aug 5, 2008
If this case, added with the others, doesn't scream full OUTSIDE investigation, then we are totally lost as a society.

Since: Jun 08

Marysville, OH

#3 Aug 5, 2008
"Newspapers in Indianapolis and Washington, Indiana, report the Department of Child Services left Jalen with his mother, 22-year-old Vadney Blake, even after learning on June 6th he had tested positive for meth. Court records showed a DCS caseworker spoke with Blake on June 9th about the test results but did not remove Jalen from her custody."

WHEN WILL IT STOP!!!!!!!!!!
duh

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Aug 5, 2008
Time to put a bunch of wrapped candy in the State Welfare Workers mouth. Then we can all take turns busting the Pinada.
kyl

Lexington, KY

#5 Aug 5, 2008
It's bad when the system that is supposed to help ends up being as bad or worse than the initial problem itself.
sissy

New Lebanon, OH

#6 Aug 6, 2008
This should have NEVER happened! Department of Children's Services WAKE-UP! Your there to "PROTECT these innocent children", not the drug using parents! It makes me sick to think that our taxes are protecting drug users instead of innocent babies at the DCS.
MAXIECAT

West Lafayette, IN

#7 Aug 6, 2008
WHERE ARE THE CHARGES FOR THE DCS WORKER? SHE SHOULD BE IN JAIL AS WELL AND HAVE THE SAME CHARGES AS THE MOTHER OF THIS CHILD. BETTER YET THEY SHOULD SHARE THE SAME JAIL CELL SO THEY CAN THANK EACH OTHER ON A JOB WELL DONE. AMERICIA WANTS JUSTICE IN THIS CASE. SPEAK UP AND SHARE YOUR OPINION ON THIS.
Rev Jim

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Aug 6, 2008
Seems to me from what I've learned from other state welfare workers, this is happening all the time. These case workers are buried in paperwork and more cases than they can handle, they don't have any backup when there is a problem and often have no choice but placing a child back into a problem home, usually by order of their supervisors. They don't have the budget to take care of even the most basic problems and are told by the higher-ups that they just have to deal with it. Since we as taxpayers have demanded that the taxes not go for the important things, we as the taxpayers are partly responsible for things like this. Our governor wants to take the state surplus he's so proud of and buy some goodwill (for his campaign) from us with a check (which if and when it comes will just go back to the state to pay for my property tax increase again). I'd rather the state surplus go to fund important state programs, like for schools and a few more case workers. I know better, this is Indiana and that's not what the vocal taxpayers want.
patriot

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Aug 6, 2008
self righteous aren't we? if you are not a DCS worker you most likely know nothing of the system that creates situations like this. offer something constructive. I haven't hear any of you here say I will volunteer to help. be part of a solution instead of whining.
Kris

United States

#10 Aug 6, 2008
Whenever a case like this is in the news more than one person comments that the DCS worker is forced to do or not do something on orders from supervisors. What that tells me is the DCS worker may have wanted to take that little 2 year. The DCS worker saw the danger but the supervisor, who was not in the situation first hand, decided to leave the little guy. If they dont trust the judgement of the case workers out there seeing things first hand why do they even have them?
I am 100% sure there are some incredible, dedicated case workers who have common sense and good judgement too bad it sounds like their hands are tied.
This 2 year old had poison chemicals made into drugs in his little system and was left in the care of the POS of a mother who exposed him to them!!! He is now gone, he can not be replaced. Did he suffer everyday, did he ever know happiness? Did he ever just run and play like a normal 2 year old should? I doubt it due to the selfish acts of a drug addicted mom?
penny

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Aug 6, 2008
Some child protection. Child Services should be charged as well.
JAE

United States

#12 Aug 6, 2008
What is wrong with this program? Have we not seen enough children die while under the "DCS Services"? We hear abou the DCS workers, it boils down to the supervisors, and funny how they always seem to bail out of any blame. What happened to the children being the most important commodity we have?? Shame on the system, AGAIN!!! My prayers are with the child....

“That will be the day”

Since: Mar 08

Wilbur, Indiana

#13 Aug 6, 2008
JAE wrote:
What is wrong with this program? Have we not seen enough children die while under the "DCS Services"? We hear abou the DCS workers, it boils down to the supervisors, and funny how they always seem to bail out of any blame. What happened to the children being the most important commodity we have?? Shame on the system, AGAIN!!! My prayers are with the child....
The children of single parents drug users are a drain on society as is their mothers. They are not "the most important commadity we have"

“That will be the day”

Since: Mar 08

Wilbur, Indiana

#14 Aug 6, 2008
If you all rally cared about these children you would insist that the government stop paying these women to have these children.

“Vote or Shut it!”

Since: Oct 07

Sasparilla

#15 Aug 6, 2008
Another great performance by the state child protection officers. They just may be the most incompitent agency in the state. And I should also add that they have stiff competition...yet maintain the lead. A kid tests positive for meth and they allow the child to remain in the home. BRILLIANT! What's the big deal...its just another dead baby. What does that social worker care? She had a hot meal with her family that night. No skin off her nose. She'll probably get promoted eventually.
New Pal Girl

Noblesville, IN

#16 Aug 6, 2008
Quigley56 wrote:
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The children of single parents drug users are a drain on society as is their mothers. They are not "the most important commadity we have"
That's pretty heartless considering the child has no option to be born to whoever it chooses, but gets stuck with the life they are born into. Yes, they drain society, but only because of the parent's stupidity. Don't blame the innocent children, who have no voice or choice... May the little guy rest in peace finally...

paisleyposey

“END THE FED!”

Since: Feb 07

DON'T TREAD ON ME!!!!

#17 Aug 6, 2008
You've got to be kidding me! The child tests POSITIVE for meth and ISN'T removed from the home??????????
What kind of training or degree does one have to have to figure out that one?
New Pal Girl

Noblesville, IN

#18 Aug 6, 2008
Corbin Leape wrote:
Another great performance by the state child protection officers. They just may be the most incompitent agency in the state. And I should also add that they have stiff competition...yet maintain the lead. A kid tests positive for meth and they allow the child to remain in the home. BRILLIANT! What's the big deal...its just another dead baby. What does that social worker care? She had a hot meal with her family that night. No skin off her nose. She'll probably get promoted eventually.
I would say this, "Those who can't, work for the state." While there are a few exceptions (and I have met some) the incompetency within the state offices is legendary... That's what makes it SOOO much fun to go to the BMV, etc.
Judy

United States

#19 Aug 6, 2008
When is someone going to look at the
DCS and see that it does not work.
Something needs to change,because to
many children are still being left
in BAD conditions.

Since: Jul 08

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Aug 6, 2008
Kris wrote:
Whenever a case like this is in the news more than one person comments that the DCS worker is forced to do or not do something on orders from supervisors. What that tells me is the DCS worker may have wanted to take that little 2 year. The DCS worker saw the danger but the supervisor, who was not in the situation first hand, decided to leave the little guy. If they dont trust the judgement of the case workers out there seeing things first hand why do they even have them?I am 100% sure there are some incredible, dedicated case workers who have common sense and good judgement too bad it sounds like their hands are tied.
This 2 year old had poison chemicals made into drugs in his little system and was left in the care of the POS of a mother who exposed him to them!!! He is now gone, he can not be replaced. Did he suffer everyday, did he ever know happiness? Did he ever just run and play like a normal 2 year old should? I doubt it due to the selfish acts of a drug addicted mom?
I agree with you 100% Kris. My sister is a case worker and that is what she runs into here in indy.

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