Douglas Wood (Q-Man)
May 14, 1997 -
January 4, 2013
A Grave Memorial
||Valerie Harber was excited because she
was meeting her biological father and brothers for the first time.
Three days after meeting them, Michael David Wood, her father, Asked
Valerie if she could take her two brothers and raise them. Quinten was
seven years old and at that point, doctors had told his father that he
would never walk, talk or have any kind of intelligence at all, Quinten
suffered from Chromosome 9 Ring, which is a disease that left him
unable to care for himself as well as unable to walk and talk.
Valerie agreed to take her brothers, Cameron and Quinten and they
traveled to America from over seas and went to live with Valerie and
her husband Alex. Within a year of living with her, Quinten was able to
stand by using people and things around as a way to balance himself,
Quinten was feeding himself with a fork and a spoon, able to maneuver
his own wheelchair to get around and could communicate with people by
using hand gestures as well as a few words.
Valerie did her
best for her brothers, she just wanted them to have
normal lives. After four years, Valerie realized that raising her
brothers was taking an emotional as well as a financial toll on her
life and she made the heartbreaking decision to return them to Michael,
in 2008. Valerie had no way of knowing that the result of returning
them to their father would mean the end of Quinten's life.
For the next
five years of their life, Cameron became the caregiver for Quinten and
the two boys suffered physical
emotional abuse at the hands of their
father. Cameron was in charge of cooking and cleaning as well as
everything from bathing and changing his brothers diapers. After
finding out about the abuse as well the conditions in which her
brothers were living, Valerie turned her father in for child abuse, on
December 17, 2012. A social worker was assigned to the case of these
two boys, even so, on January 4, 2013, Cameron found Quinten dead on
the couch in their home. Cameron was instructed by his father to change
his brothers urine soaked diaper before police could arrive.
Valerie took back custody of Cameron and has been trying ever since to
get charges filed against her father by posting the story of her
brothers as well as pictures to show people what they went through.
Below is just one of the pictures she posted to show the conditions in
which her brothers were forced to live.
the story of what they suffered through and she had this to say:
is my first thing I've ever posted, I wanted to put this out here to
remind everyone that if you even THINK that a child is being mistreated
- SPEAK UP. Especially if they are disabled - many people think that
disabled=sick and it does NOT!!! You may be the only voice that they
have. Don't worry if their parent is your friend, or your family
member, that you might start drama. You could be the only thing
preventing a young boy having to stand over a coffin to tell his
brother goodbye for the last time.
also, I just want people to remember him. His name was Quinten Douglas
Wood, and he was the best thing that ever happened to me. His smile
made my world go round. So please share this with your friends,
up vote this, whatever - I don't care about the points or karma- I just
want the world to remember a little boy that everyone else forgot.
in Peace my sweet little man, I love you.
explained that her decision to return her brothers was not an easy one,
but it was a necessary one because Quinten's therapist thought he was
suffering from being left with a stranger so he started acting out
because he needed his father. Valerie wants to spread the word about
her brothers abuse so that people will contact their State
Representatives in hopes of helping children who might also be
suffering from similar abuse.
I hope that Valerie is able to see that what she did for her brothers
was above and beyond what they could have expected. I am sure the time
Cameron and Quinten had with her was the happiest and most loved they
have been in their lives and she did more for them than their father
Douglas Wood (Q-Man) went home to Jesus, on January 4, 2013. He
away holding the hand of his best friend and brother, Cameron.
born on May
14, 1997, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
While his life may
seemed short and sad to many people, those who
knew him know that he lived every day happy to be with the people he
loved. He could spend hours cuddling with his brothers and sister,
giggling to himself over the joy he found in little things, such as the
way light sparkled through water droplets that would collect on his
long beautiful eyelashes. His laughter was as unrestrained as a
mountain stream, just as pure, and just as sweet.
condition made him appear frail, he possessed
strength, perseverance, and the ability to overcome incredible odds and
physical obstacles. When he was born, many doctors told his family that
he would not live to see his first birthday, yet we were lucky
to love him for 15 happy years. He loved the Star Wars movies; all
music, but especially Daft Punk; eating anything and everything that he
could get his hands on; splashing and playing in water; and his
favorite toys--keys, and telephones.
We will miss
hugs, and smiles, and the love that he so freely
gave, never expecting anything in return.
Quinten is survived
his father, Michael David Wood, of Midwest City,
Oklahoma; sister, Valerie Harber and her husband Alex Harber of
Fayetteville, Arkansas; sister Mary Wano and her husband Kerry Wano, of
Kansas City, Missouri; brothers Cameron David Wood and Joshua Daniel
Wood, of Midwest City, Oklahoma; and his grandfather, Arlie D. Wood, of
Midwest City, Oklahoma, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Quinten was welcomed
heaven by his grandmother, Wanda Jean Wood.
Quinten also leaves
behind many people who, although they were not
related by blood, loved Quinten as one of their own. Quinten's love
extends to Nicholas Martin (Nah Nah) and the Martin/Pickard family of
Northwest Arkansas. All of these special people, too numerous to name
individually, opened their hearts willingly to Quinten, and will miss
the love he brought into their lives.
Services will be held
Thursday, January 10 1:00 pm at the Barnes
Friederich Funeral Home, 1820 South Douglas Boulevard, Midwest City.
Visitation will be Tuesday and Wednesday, 12:00 pm-8:00 pm. All are
want to thank my niece, Aleisha, for
bringing Quinten's story to my attention.
Today is June 17, 2014 and while doing a search for updates in
Quinten's case, I found the following information:
In March of 2014 Rachel Qualls, a child welfare worker and Paul Kim
Myers, a child welfare supervisor, were charged with failing to
properly investigate claims made by Valerie that her brother was being
neglected. Paul is also charged with falsifying computer records in an
attempt to cover up what they failed to do in order to protect Quinten.
Valerie had collected 460,000 electronic signatures on a petition that
she sent to the Governors office, in which she said that she was
outraged with the dysfunction in the Oklahoma Child Welfare System:
"I called DHS 22 times
in between the dates of December 17, 2012 and January 3, 2013.
My reports of neglect
went uninvestigated by DHS. They went unreported by his public school
that he attends. I was
told that I need to mind my own business, that he was fine, when he
The Oklahoma DHS said that they were taking steps to fire the two
employees who were on paid leave:
"Unfortunately in this
case, a thorough and comprehensive review of the facts and circumstances
of Quinten's death lead
us to the difficult and sad conclusion that the individual action of two
with this case clearly violated agency policies and reasonable child
DHS Director - Ed Lake
Rachel is charged with willful neglect to perform a duty, which is a
misdemeanor, she had been working for DHS only since October of 2011
and now faces up to a year in prison. Paul was facing the same charge
as well as a charge of unlawful use of a computer, which is a felony
and had worked for DHS since 2007 and was facing up to six years in
prison, total time for the two crimes combined.
Valerie said she would be happy with those convictions:
"I think it's very
appropriate. I'm fully in support of the DA"
Rachel has admitted that she never actually visited the home, though
she had seen Quinten at school. She said she drove by the home, but
never stopped and never returned or tried to contact Michael to set up
Michael David Wood has been charged with child neglect. Not only did he
NEGLECT Quinten, he
caused his DEATH, why no
charges for that?
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