That was the said course for Julissia as early as 2016, when a choose dominated that when the company felt it was applicable, the woman needs to be despatched to stay together with her mom in a trial discharge.
The company will face questions on whether or not that was the right technique. “The death of 7-year-old Julissia is a terrible tragedy, and we mourn her loss,” a spokeswoman for A.C.S. mentioned in a assertion. “We are conducting an intensive review of this case to ensure that we are doing everything possible to keep children safe and families supported.”
The youngster welfare company had little motive to maintain Julissia and her mom, Navasia Jones, separated by final yr: Her mom had accomplished remedy and parenting lessons, she had regained custody of one in every of her different youngsters, and a youthful half brother of Julissia’s who had by no means been faraway from her care lived together with her as properly.
Julissia’s mom appeared to be making substantial progress, convincing the authorities that there was little threat in her regaining custody of the woman, mentioned Gladys Carrión, a former youngsters’s companies commissioner.
“They got it wrong,” she mentioned, “because this child died, that’s the bottom line.”
Ms. Carrión mentioned there was nobody choice that might clarify what had occurred: “There were lots of people involved and, obviously, there was a consensus at some point and everybody said, ‘OK, we think the mom is ready, she could have this child.’”
Julissia was born on April 26, 2014, to Ms. Jones and Julius Batties, however she was instantly faraway from their custody by the kid welfare company, courtroom information present. Her security, the company discovered, was being endangered by her mother and father’ failure to supply a “minimum degree of care.” A choose ordered that Mr. Batties be referred to home violence counseling.
It was not the primary signal of bother in Ms. Jones’s house. She had already misplaced custody of her 5 different youngsters after they had been discovered with indicators of bodily abuse, in accordance with a later report.