November 10, 2010 - June 5, 2011
I have been
adding stories of children who were abused to death, for almost 15
years now. People ask me if it affects
how do I keep doing it without becoming numb to the
situations. After all of these years, I am STILL shocked when I
read the stories, find out that Child Protective
Services was involved with a family and yet, a child has died any
Vazquez was born with drugs in her system due to being born to
a mother who was a drug addict. The State
Department Of Children's Services was aware of the situation
because this was NOT the first
time Amber Vazquez had
given birth to a baby with drugs in their system. The drugs
in her system did not kill her, the abuse that she
suffered did, after only six, short months of life.
Amber was not
new to the DCS in Indiana, in fact, Amber had been
investigated for neglect of her other children on
than one occasion. Having been born with Marijuana and Opiates in
her system, Irdessa was to be the fifth time CPS would
find Amber to be neglectful of her children. To any
normal, rational human being, this would be cause to remove the
children from their mothers care, so why couldn't CPS see that these
children needed help and save the life of this little Angel? After
having removed the baby from her, CPS saw fit to return her after only
one month and they closed the case on December 16, 2010.
the police had visited the home of Amber and her boyfriend, Guillermo
Ascension Flores, who is also the
Irdessa, on several occasions due to domestic violence
and even with the case being closed, DCS was contacted
on more than one occasion after they closed the case.
Someone there determined that with the drug use going
on and the domestic violence, the children were not in
any danger. Oddly, DCS made that decision even though one
of the calls made to them came directly from someone
who worked at DCS and was a case worker who had
been in charge of the case. This worker told the hotline
operator that the police had been to the home several
times and a pattern was developing, she also warned them
about the case and the dangerous pattern. This worker had filed a
report on December 22, 2010 noting that every effort was made to
protect these children.
January of 2011, another complaint was filed stating the same
things, that there was drug use in the house as well as
domestic violence. Another child in the home stated that he saw
Guillermo hit Amber on many different occasions and
that included one time when he was holding Irdessa. For
the sixth time, Amber was found to be neglectful of
her children and for the sixth time, the children
remained in the home on the advice of a case worker. A DCS
supervisor had signed papers to leave the children in the home
only one day before another report was given about the
police making a visit to the home for domestic violence
and once again, the children were left in the home. Even
when two weeks later Amber and Guillermo were seen
fighting in a bar and Amber had bruises on her body,
CPS still found no reason to remove the children and
nothing was done to protect them. The excuse for leaving the
children in the home included notes about the violence
not having happened in from of the children and CPS not
having any information about when the children had last
seem the violence happen. Amber and Guillermo did
attend counseling at times, though it seemed to be doing
no good, it was ordered by CPS.
June of 2011, another call was made to CPS from the Indianapolis
Police. The call stated that a child was being
to the hospital and was not in good condition. The day before
this call, a therapist at DCS had made a
that the case involving this family, be closed, saying:
continues to be room for improvement, Ms Vazquez does appear to
could not have been more wrong than she was. Two days later, on June 5,
2011, Irdessa died at Riley
Hospital For Children. An autopsy showed that Irdessa had old
and new injuries, including some to her head and arms. Marion County
Coroner Alfie Ballew ruled
that she had died of homicide due to chronic child abuse. Amber and
were arrested and charged with
neglect resulting in death. This crime is a felony and carries a
sentence of ONLY
up to 50 years.
July of 2012,
Guillermo Ascension Flores, who was 24 at the time,
was sentenced to a disgustingly short sentence of only 20 years with 16
of those years suspended and eight years of probation.
case is a little odd
when being reported because of the dates and
ages which have been put out there. The news says Irdessa was born on
2010 and died on June 5,
2012, yet reports list her as having been four months old all the way
up to six months old. I count seven.
As of this date, January
19, 2012, I am unable to find any further
information about Amber or if she has been to court.
present with skills
necessary to eliminate the need for further
intervention from DCS"
- I want to thank Joleen for providing me with this update!
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Police have arrested a mom and have a warrant for
arrest out for a father after their 5-month-old daughter died at IU
Health Riley Hospital for Children.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials say the infant
was taken to Riley Hospital on June 4 after police were called to the
1500 block of Renton for an injured child.
The child, Irdessa Vazquez, was taken to Riley in critical condition
and died from her injuries the next day, IMPD officials say. The Marion
County coroner's office ruled the cause of death was homicide.
Mother Amber Vasquez, 24, was arrested and charged with neglect of a
dependant. The father of the child, Guillermo Ascension is also wanted
for neglect of a dependant. He was in the custody of U.S. immigration
in Chicago and officials were in the process of getting him returned to
Indianapolis to face his charges.
Today is June 16, 2014 and while searching for updates in Irdessa's
case, I have not found any new information.
occurred in the state of Indianapolis
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