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Mom Kills Crying Baby for Interrupting Facebook Game

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ( KTLA) — A 22-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to shaking her baby to death for crying while she was playing a game on Facebook is going to prison for a long time.

Alexandra V. Tobias was sentenced to 50 years in prison Tuesday afternoon — the maximum penalty on the second-degree murder charge.

Tobias was arrested after her 3-month-old son, Dylan Lee Edmondson, died last January.

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See the Flaw First Hand- CPS Expert Witness- And the Lives He Ruined

CPS expert witnesses. See the horrible injustices of just one man who by his own expert witness has ruined lives of innocent families.

In our case it is “suspected” and used as evidence in court that 3 year old Katie whose behaviors and delays indicate autism. Shas been evaluated by Birth to Three and according to their findings her age equivalent is 14-15 months. As part of their Termination of Parental Rights the Agency or DCF in this case only has to show a preponderance of evidence meaning specifically; the greater weight of the evidence (and its probable truth or accuracy) required in a civil lawsuit for the trier of fact to decide in favor of one side or the other.

Having said that DCF claims “she repeatedly put a toy in and out of a play microwave, and continually put a toy car in her mouth. Consistent with previous reports of sexualized behaviors. Katie was also observed kissing a doll on the mouth. and the “previous reports” were a diaper rash on her bottom (she wears a diaper) and she regularly touches her vagina and buttocks- This is coming from the Foster parent and entered as credible testimony against the family involved. However, There is nothing qualified about her presumptions.

The circumstances that promoted this removal were as follows according to the DCF Report:
In November 2009 the Department of Childre and Families (DCF) received a referral alleging physical abuse and neglect against Katie’s mother Ms. Maggie and her boyfriend Mr.XXXXXXX. Katie was found in a room by herself strapped to her occupational therapy (OT) chair with bruises on her nose and around her eye. It had already been determined earlier that week- that as least one of the bruises were caused by Mr. XXXXX’s 3 year old son who was experiencing great difficulties adjusting to his new family and because of that difficulty he went up to Katie and bit her nose, leaving the mark on her nose that was well but healing according to the picture evidence. In Sept. of 2009 Tommy’s teacher notified DCF because of bruises on Tommy’s legs. Tommy was taken to the hospital to investigate the injuries. Janet Parelli a DCF caseworker who managed Maggie’s case for quite sometime when she lived in Enfield, CT went to Maggie’s workplace to notify her that Tommy had been taken to the hospital- and prceeded to take Maggie to the hospital; where she (Janet) attested on Maggie’s behalf to witnessing the children being physically aggressive toward eachother and that she did NOT believe Maggie or Mr. XXXX were abusing the children. It is also stated in this same report that Tommy was found that same day and upon her arrival the Birth to Three representative claims that upon entering the home she sees Tommy was “Strapped to a bed with duct tape over his mouth” She then goes on to service Katie for the next hour… LEAVES ( according to CGS 17a-101) this was against the law if she in fact had witnessed Tommy in this manner.) THEN she allegedly calls the hotline to report the child was strapped to his bed with duct tape over his mouth (their so called Exigent circumstances) and the police and DCF show up at the home an hour after that! I guess it is a good thing this wasn’t really the case; as Tommy could have been dead by the time they arrived if this were really true. BUT… the thing that baffles me is that she NEVER calls the police…. I know if I walked into a house and saw a child tied to his bed and gagged with tape, that something was wrong and I would non nonchalantly excuse myself to my car and call the police Immediately. As I would suspect any other “reasonable person” would do. But she goes on to what she came to do and just leaves? How does this make sense? Charges were never brought up because the evidence found at the hospital did not concur with the story. But it is included as part of the “preponderance of evidence to the court”  to support “Allegations” of her unfitness. Maggie was never found unfit- she never had her day in court which is what I am fighting for! Instead she was bullied into voluntarily signing her parental rights away. And, as a result of her serous mental health issues; was not able to defend herself and the humiliation and embarrassment of the allegations led her to hide the findings of the report from her family, leaving  them unable to help her at the time.

While under the care of (pediatrician) Richard Segool, since birth- DCF prompted MANY investigations. Dr Segool stated on many occasions the gross frivolity of the continued DCF allegations.  DCF had him examine the children on several occasions  for suspected abuse; and he firmly attested that these children were NOT being abused by their parents. He also stated concern for the childrens well-being because of the constant unnecessary turmoil and disruption this was causing in the childrens life.

It is undeniable that our CT children need protection.  But… From Whom? is the real question.

FACT: CT DCF and its facilities account for more than half of all abuse and neglect cases in CT-

Meet The Man Who Was Responsible For Making The Decision To Remove Children From Their Homes.

Meet The Man Who Was Responsible For Making The Decision To Remove My Grandchildren From Their Home.

Meet Jeff Gold

He claims that after he drives up to an ATM machine and discovers that the woman in front of him left her card in the ATM he proceeded to withdraw $100 dollars. He later said to police “I was going to return the card and the money” . Jeffrey Gold is still responsible for making decisions to remove children from their homes. A man who can’t even make a moral judgment himself.

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DCF only meets the needs of children in its care 53% of the time even after 20 years of federal oversight.


The most consistently negligent `parent’ in Connecticut

The most consistently negligent
`parent’ in Connecticut is the Department of Children and Families,” said
Richard Wexler, executive director of the Virginia-based National Coalition for
Child Protection Reform.

July 2nd, 2010:

There also are longstanding shortages for services involving mental health, substance abuse treatment and dental care, said Ira Lustbader, associate director of Children’s Rights.

DCF promised to resolve those issues two years ago, when Children’s Rights previously notified the agency it was in contempt.

No one from DCF would be interviewed, but the agency said in a prepared statement it has made progress.

they go on to say:

“There can be no dispute that the Department has made major forward strides in improving services for children and families; more children receive services to help them stay safely at home, fewer children are placed into care, more children achieve timely permanency, and fewer children experience repeat maltreatment,” the statement said.

There can be no dispute that the Department has made major forward strides”. Considering they have only met the needs of children 53% of the time in 20 years is not comforting. Imagine what was happening before. This is simply not acceptable. Consider this example: place 12 children in a room including your own, now let a stranger come in and choose which ones dies next and you have no say. An exaggeration of course but it is undeniable that the “system” Fails children more often than not- resulting in ruined lives, some even equivalent to death- especially for those who have had their children removed unjustly and for those who the “system” simply Failed.  Statistics show that DCF and its facilities account for more child abuse and neglect cases than actual  children in their own homes being neglected and abused by their own parents. They are keeping themselves in business! …and because of that Huge unaddressed fact they are essentially creating the problems and that is why they can’t get it under control. They are chasing their own tails and are barking up the wrong tree- they need to pay more attention to preventative services and preserving the family. If the focus were there  and creating healthy, safe homes for the children by addressing family’s issues with as much enthusiasm as they have for removing them; we might just get somewhere.


Is DCF In Contempt Once More? Our Story

In reference to the consent agreement– JUAN F. 1991 United States District Court.

What is a consent decree?

A consent decree (also referred to as a consent order or stipulated judgment or agreed judgment) is a final, binding judicial decree or judgment memorializing a voluntary agreement between parties to a suit, in return for an end to a civil litigation or withdrawal of a criminal charges. In a typical consent decree, the defendant has already ceased or agrees to cease the conduct alleged by the plaintiff to be illegal, and consents to a court injunction barring the conduct in the future. Sometimes a consent judgment memorializes a payment of money damages, and sometimes the defendant expressly does not admit to fault, illegality, or damages. Consent decrees are used most commonly in criminal law and family law, and sometimes in United States antitrust law.
A consent decree can be either interlocutory or final. The former is given on some plea or issue arising in the cause which does not decide the main question; the latter settles the matter in dispute, and a final decree has the same effect as a judgment at law.

Once entered, a consent decree is binding on the consenting parties and cannot be reviewed except on a showing that the consent was obtained by fraud or that the decree was based on mutual error or a failure of consent.

If the party against whom the judgment is rendered, in this case DCF CT; violates the terms of the consent decree, the judgment is as binding as any other, and the non-breaching party, or in this case Maggie and her family; may seek enforcement through a contempt action.

What I want to know is DCF responsible for the consequential damages, because of their failure to provide specific services as outlined in the consent decree to protect, specifically the children involved who were at risk by their own definition; of abuse and neglect because their mother suffered from a “history of Major Depression” and suspected cognitive impairment. Not that they could do anything for the latter; but this in and of itself does not deem a person unfit to be a parent, but people who suffer from Depression (major Depression) symptoms include:

* Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
* Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
* Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
* Reduced sex drive
* Insomnia or excessive sleeping
* Changes in appetite — depression often causes decreased appetite and weight loss, but in some people it causes increased cravings for food and weight gain
* Agitation or restlessness — for example, pacing, hand-wringing or an inability to sit still
* Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
* Indecisiveness, distractibility and decreased concentration
* Fatigue, tiredness and loss of energy — even small tasks may seem to require a lot of effort
* Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself when things aren’t going right
* Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
* Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
* Crying spells for no apparent reason
* Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
which has been shown to lead to abuse or neglect, in Maggie’s case neglect. She has Never abused her children physically or allowed anyone to her knowledge to abuse her children either.

I am arguing that if DCF did what they were court ordered to do; ‘ provide service to this family’ to address mental health issues- that the outcome could be different. And, there is no evidence of services rendered or that an attempt or even a reasonable attempt was made to address the mental health issues.
This case has been open for 9 years.

So back to the question now; Would it be reasonable to argue that if a person or in this case (DCF-CT) was in contempt of a court order or consent decree and serious consequences occurred because of that contempt specifically as it relates to this case, Maggie has  substantiated neglects that allegedly prompted  her children being removed from her parental care, and the only services they offered were after they decided they were putting the children up for adoption wherein we seem to think  they were attempting to gather evidence to terminate parental rights. So they place these 2 children whose behaviors would indicate autism with Maggie’s Uncle and wife who have no other connection to Maggie but the same last name but who are for all intents and purposes, family according to DCF. They tell Maggie they want to give them guardianship until she completes a list of things- NONE to which address her mental health. So now she has 10 months to get a full time job and acquire an apartment of her own if she wants her children to be back. Mind you now- she HAD her own apartment after she separated from her physically and emotionally abusive husband who in the absence of a court order refused to help her financially to keep the apartment or care for their children. The only source of income she had was SSI in the amount of $600 a month for her then, 7 year old autistic daughter Kara and her rent was $625. Maggie says she asked Janet (DCF worker) for help to remain in the apartment and she said Janet told her that the department was going to pay her rent but they never did; and Maggie was finally evicted. According to the consent decree DCF should have had these funds to prevent an eviction. However, they did not; and instead they made Maggie and her 2 special needs children Tommy and Katie move into her mother’s already filled to capacity and financially strained home in the BASEMENT which they claimed after inspection was suitable. There was no time to prepare. The decision was made on a Friday and Maggie and the children were living in the basement that same weekend. Tommy and Katie present with the same behaviors of tantrums and self injurious tendencies that their sister Kara presented with; that would indicate autism.

Jeffrey Gold: you can read about his arrest here

came out to visit Maggie Post removal of the children and according to Maggie said, I know we were talking about guardianship while you do the things you need to get done but now (and for apparent or discussed reason) we are leaning more toward adoption. He explains to Maggie that because the kids are presenting with special needs, if she fails to meet the departments requirements that the children would be harder to place if Fred and Linda (the family members) decide later on they don’t want to continue guardianship or adopt the children. And, that it would be in the best interests of the children if she voluntarily terminated her parental rights so that Fred and Linda could adopt the children; at this time Fred and Linda had already agreed with DCF to adopt the children according to Jeff Gold . Maggie then states she asks “what if I don’t agree with that”? she says that Jeff then replies, If you don’t voluntarily terminate your parental rights and allow Fred and Linda to take the children then we will remove the children from them and place them in a home that is willing to adopt them and you risk NEVER seeing them again. Maggie feels out of options. She does not want to go to her family because she is humiliated and appalled by the things DCF alleges- and it isn’t until her relationship is strained with Her Uncle Fred and his wife that she realizes and tells her mother- I don’t think I am going to see my babies ever again and decides she has nothing to lose and she shows her mother the confidential report that was presented to the court as a preponderance of evidence- and she (Maggies’s mother) presents this argument on her behalf. Which also raises the question: if they suspected Maggie may be cognitively impaired, or retarded- should she even be involved in such matters- who was protecting her rights?)
Ref. Consent Decree Agreement of 1991. pg. 51 section {c} Placement Prevention and Family Preservation Services.

Also reference from consent decree Pg. 55 Voluntary Service Units Paragraph (1.) in conjunction with section(3)

A voluntary services unit shall be considered pilot programs reviewed by the monitoring panel- its purpose to provide information, advice, limited case management and access to services to:
Specifically to this case is #(3) families with minor children who are at-risk of abuse or neglect, because of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence or other serious problems with the families environment.

DCF clearly had a responsibility to meet the needs of this family including but not limited to addressing the mental health issues Maggie had/has to protect the minor children who were according to the aforementioned would indicate the children were “at-risk” because of Maggie’s mental health; and that the person/s whose life/lives was/were harmed because of said action/or in this case the lack thereof- should be afforded the due process the consent decree orders, without prejudice.

We let DCF strip families of their most important of all liberty “interests” the parent-child relationship with a failing grade even AFTER 20 years. And we then in turn point an accusatory finger at the agency and appoint blame- when WE the people enable them. We have the power to reform this entity. What we lack is the courage.

If a judge could find favor in this case it would mean a new and positive direction on the responsibilities and requirements of DCF and the power that We The People have entrusted them with. And could pave the way to reforming a system that has been calling for such reform for 20 years. By holding them; DCF accountable for their failures and the consequential failures because of such failures.

Shelley Geballe, JD, MPH President, Connecticut Voices for Children

Here what she has to say about the JUAN F Consent Decree

Is DCF Ready To Stand On Its Own?

Eighteen years after it was placed under federal oversight as the result of a lawsuit brought by a New York-based advocacy group, the state Department of Children and Families is trying to return complete control of the agency to state officials. Critics, citing a shortage of foster homes for very young children, argue the agency isn’t ready yet.

“We literally have a generation of workers who have never seen the department operate without federal control,” says Josh Howroyd, a DCF spokesman. “I came here three weeks after the consent decree was signed in January 1991.”

The so-called Juan F. Consent Decree, named after one of the children represented by Children’s Rights in the action it filed in 1989, required DCF to report to a federal monitor concerning its progress on more than 100 management and policy issues identified in the lawsuit, covering everything from foster care to adoption, mental health care and investigations.

“Juan F. was the original lawsuit that went after DCF for not providing adequate care and protection for children in its custody,” says Jeanne Milstein of the state Office of the Child Advocate.

In April, DCF filed a motion to vacate the consent decree, taking Milstein and others by surprise with its claim that “sweeping and widespread” changes in the department meant federal oversight was no longer needed.

“These structural and organizational changes and improvements, that have been implemented and sustained by the Department of Children and Families and the State, along with increased oversight and funding by the federal government, eradicate the possibility of reversion to the conditions that existed at the time the complaint was filed in 1989,” argues DCF in its motion.

Now Milstein and the Center for Children’s Advocacy, a nonprofit based in Hartford, have struck back, filing briefs on Aug. 5 arguing for continued court oversight of DCF.

“The problems persist at DCF,” says Milstein. “They continue to ineffectively, inadequately improve conditions. Their motion does not match reality. Federal oversight shouldn’t end when they feel they’ve done enough, but when they can prove it.”

In the 74-page motion it filed in April, DCF argues it has met nearly all of the “outcome measures” required by Juan F., and that it has been in compliance for “significant lengths of time.”

For example, Outcome Measure 21 “requires DCF to submit a written discharge plan for all children who are mentally ill or mentally retarded and require adult services.” DCF points out the federal court monitor found that in 12 of the last 14 quarters it had complied with this outcome measure 95 percent of the time, according to the motion.

“There can be no genuine dispute that [DCF has] complied in full with the vast majority of the Outcome Measures in the Exit Plan — setting aside Outcome Measures 3 and 15, which are discussed in detail below — and that [DCF has] been in compliance with these measures for significant lengths of time,” argues DCF in its motion.

Outcome Measures 3 and 15 require the agency to develop treatment plans for children in its care within 60 days of opening a case or “a child’s placement out-of-home,” whichever comes first; and to meet the medical, dental, mental health and “other service needs” of at least 80 percent of the children and families in its care, as specified in those treatment plans.

In its motion DCF argues that despite the fact the federal court monitor found last year it was only in compliance with 3 and 15 about 50 percent of the time that shouldn’t stop the court from lifting the consent decree.

“These percentages do not, however, accurately depict the success of the Department in meeting the goals and objectives of Outcome Measures 3 and 15, and of providing services to and meeting the needs of Connecticut’s children,” argues DCF. “This single measurement of complex data is misleading, because it confines understanding of performance and masks important progress the Department has experienced in meeting the goals and objectives of Outcome Measures 3 and 15.”

DCF suggests it may not be in compliance with 3 and 15 according to the methodology outlined by the consent decree, but “the Department is fully meeting the goals of both of these Measures.”

In their briefs, Milstein and the Center for Children’s Advocacy — joined by Connecticut Voices for Children, Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. and New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc. — argue DCF has made progress, but not enough to justify lifting the consent decree.

“Certainly there have been improvements in the 20 years the consent decree has been in place,” says Sarah Eagan, director of the child abuse project at the Center for Children’s Advocacy. “But when you’re dealing with the kids my office represents, it’s not just about progress. It’s about are you meeting all the needs of the kids dependent on you?”

Eagan says it’s clear “there are way too many kids still not getting their basic needs met.” One example, she says, are the very young children who are still being placed in group homes because of a chronic shortage of foster homes. Clinical studies have shown young children do not do well in group homes, where their caregivers change daily with changing work shifts, says Eagan.

“No matter how many rainbows are on the wall or how nice the staff is, it’s developmentally detrimental,” she says.

Babies and very young children are “hardwired” to bond with an individual caregiver, says Eagan, who serves as the “gateway to all their development in their early years.” In 2009, she says, DCF placed more than 237 very young children in group homes.

“DCF is already a closed system,” says Eagan. “The courts are closed, and there’s less and less media coverage in this era. These kids need that [federal] oversight.”

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Detailed Timeline Of The Juan F. Consent Decree; State Files Motion To End 20 Years Of Federal Court Rule

The following is a detailed timeline in the Juan F. consent decree in the 20-year-old case of Juan F. vs. the state. This is a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of abused and neglected children that dates back to the days of Gov. William A. O’Neill.

The case has continued under Governors Lowell P. Weicker, John G. Rowland, and M. Jodi Rell. On Tuesday, the state filed an unprecedented motion in federal court to end federal oversight, saying that the state has improved the system to the point that federal oversight is no longer needed.

Lasting just as long as another famous court contest, the Juan F. case is the Sheff vs. O’Neill battle of the child welfare system.

The Hartford Courant’s chief researcher, Tina Bachetti, compiled this timeline.

December 1989: Suit filed
The Connecticut Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union’s Children’s Rights Project file a class-action lawsuit against Gov. William O’Neill and the state Department of Children and Youth Services. The suit charges that an overworked and underfunded DCYS fails to provide services including abuse and neglect investigations, adoption, foster care, mental health care, caseloads and staffing.

January 1991: Decree signed
Lawyers for the children and the state sign a formal federal consent decree, known as the “Juan F.” consent decree, after one of the child plaintiffs. Sweeping changes are called for, including the establishment of a training academy for DCYS employees and foster parents; reducing caseloads for workers, who average 34 cases each; uniform standards on how abuse and neglect cases should be handled; and an independent court monitor to assess progress.

March 1993: Out of compliance
Budget cuts of more than $8.7 million at DCYS results in noncompliance with the decree in terms of staffing, payments to foster parents and program improvements.

June 1993: Judge orders staff increase
U.S. District Judge Alan Nevas orders DCF to hire more staff to reduce caseloads and to increase payments to foster parents. (Also that year, the department changes its name to the Department of Children and Families.)

February 1995: Problems reported
Federal monitor reports caseloads continue to be a problem.

March 1995: Investigation ordered
Gov. John G. Rowland demands an investigation of DCF after 9-month-old Emily Hernandez is raped and murdered by her mother’s live-in boyfriend and 16-month-old Candy Fortis is killed by her father. After reviewing thousands of files at DCF, state officials remove more than 100 children from their parents’ custody and put them in foster care.

February 1996: Problems reported
Monitor reports DCF not meeting caseload standards.


This case is important and relevant to my argument which will follow- I just hope I am right…