December 3, 2008 -
August 27, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial
Over and over, too many times, I read and
retell the stories of children who could have been saved had Child
Protective Services done their job correctly. The story of Tanilla
Warrick- Deaves is another story where multiple reports were made to
CPS, in this case it was reported that 33 different complaints were
made to an Australian service, yet a child ends up being abused to
death, how could that be? Nathan Deaves, Tanilla's Uncle had made a
complaint and their reply to him might be the best explanation:
"I had a case worker
ring me and tell me to mind my business about this situation. A child's
at the end of the day,
that should never have happened. How could it fall through the system
up with something like
this happening? We will all live with this for the rest of our lives"
Here is a quote from a news article that I
found about this case:
A REPORT compiled by the Department of
Community Services has revealed the young girl who died under
suspicious circumstances on the Central Coast on Saturday was in "grave
danger" a month before she died.
The report, tabled by an
unnamed DOCS worker on July 26, revealed two-year-old Tanilla
Warrick-Deaves and her two young siblings were subjected to a "very
high risk'' of abuse and neglect.
The children were
observed but not interviewed by the caseworker.
Neighbours have also
claimed they have heard the children screaming "Don't hit us anymore"
and have complained directly to DoCS about being abused, according to
2GB broadcaster Ray Hadley this morning.
The neighbours also
claimed to witness the parents using drugs in front of the children.
According to the report,
the family has been reported to DoCS 30 times since 2004, following the
birth of Tanilla's older sibling.
It seems to me that someone at Australia's version of Child Protective
Services, called Department of Community Services or DOCS, should be
held liable for the death of Tanilla and that Nathan should reveal the
name and get charges filed against the person who told him to mind his
business. It's time that CPS and DOCS and every other version of CPS
that exists should realize that child abuse is the business of EVERYONE, we all
have a responsibility to children since they are
unable to help themselves.
Tanilla was almost three years old when she was beaten to death by a
man named Warren Ross, her 28 year old "step-father", while her mother,
Donna Deaves, who was also 28 years old, watched. Tanilla's injuries
were described as non-accidental after her autopsy revealed bruises and
welts all over her body which were consistent with having been beaten
with a cord of some time. What did Tanilla do to deserve the abuse she
suffered? Reports say that difficulty in potty training resulted in
Tanilla being forced to run laps until she had blisters on her feet and
when she didn't run fast enough, she was beaten. Tanilla had suffered
at the hands of these two people for weeks before her death. Tanilla
was thrown into a cold shower, crying and hurting and sustained even
more injury to her already beaten body.
When he found out the death of his daughter was being treated as a
homicide, Adrian Warrick was devastated:
"She was the best of me
and now I have this grief that can't be taken away. I have cried all
can and now I have no
tears left. Sometimes it appears that I'm fine, but I'm not. I will
dizzy and not just
that, but my legs will start giving way. I will be fine, then crying
and then I'll be fine"
Donna Deaves plead guilty to manslaughter, which was a deal she had
accepted instead of pleading to murder. In court, it was revealed that
Donna had told Warren to stop, after he banged Tanilla's head into the
shower wall. Donna was aware that her daughter was dying and she kissed
her good bye and the following day called Police to say that her
daughter had stopped breathing. Donna didn't say a word to Police about
what had really happened as Warren told them that Tanilla had fallen
either from a bed or off of a bookcase. Donna was sentenced to only 12
years for allowing Warren to beat her daughter to death and not
stepping in to help. Donna would have to serve only nine years before
she would be eligible for parole. Donna said that she loved her
daughter, but she was in fear for her life and was not sure what to do
after Warren beat her daughter:
you're in that position, it's impossible to say what it's like. When
you're shocked and frightened or
it's really difficult to do anything"
Donna's comments make me sick to my
stomach, what does she think Tanilla was feeling while she was being
beaten and her mother stood by and didn't do a thing to stop it? What
does she think Tanilla thought as she lay dying and her mother, the one
who should have been on her side, sat back and did nothing to save her?
Donna was given a beautiful, precious gift from God and she rejected
that gift and allowed a monster to send that gift back to God like she
meant nothing to her. The only good part is that Tanilla is now with
God and Jesus and she is out of pain and feeling the love she should
have felt all of her life.
Justice Rothmann said he could see that Donna had felt helpless, but
that she should have taken her daughter to the hospital. Justice
Rothmann also also knew that Donna had been abused by former partners
and that she had a personality disorder and that she had not abused or
hit Tanilla herself, but stated that she still had a responsibility
toward her daughter to protect her and keep her safe:
"It's difficult to
envisage a duty higher than the one society imposes on a parent toward
his or her child"
Rothmann said that Donna's excuse for not calling triple-0 was not
consistent with someone who was remorseful and that seemed more focused
on what the death of her daughter meant for her, rather than what the
child had gone through. It was also said that CPS had failed to protect
Tanilla and that she could have been saved had they intervened
in her case. Adrian Warrick, Tanilla's biological father said that when
he had been allowed to see his daughter, she had bruises and looked
malnourished and when he reported this to CPS he was always told that
they had found Donna a fit parent to have custody of Tanilla:
months later she is murdered. I never saw Tanilla again until the day
we buried her. This is how
got my baby girl back, dead"
Bowen said that Tanilla had been let down by so many people, even DOCS
who had received at least one complaint for every month of this child's
"Lets hope after all
this something can change in the system. It's not going to bring
Tanilla back, it's not
going to bring any
other children back, but let's hope that this is an example to get them
up on their toes"
Brook Bowen - Tanilla's
said that the family was happy with the sentence given to Donna.
Donna's brother nathan said he and his family were okay with the
sentence given to her:
"My sister will learn
When Donna's mother Margaret told people outside of the court house
that Tanilla was in a better place, she broke down in tears:
"When I go I'll join
her and I'll be in a better place with that little child"
Ross was arrested and charged with intimidation and two counts of using
a carriage service to make threats to kill someone. After being
arrested and charged with murdering Tanilla, Warren did not seek bail.
Warren plead not guilty.
Carly Knight, a neighbor, saw a picture of Tanilla in the newspaper and
knew right then that she knew who this little girl was and she knew she
had witnessed Warren abusing her. Carly states that in August she had
returned home from running errands and while removing her children and
groceries from the car, she heard loud noises and then say a man who
was yelling at a child, that child was Tanilla:
"His head was bobbing
up and down, arms waving, he was just going crazy. He picked up that
I could see her arms
and legs waving around, he struck her. She flew through the air in
front of him"
After hitting her, Carly says that Warren had to walk a few steps in
order to reach her while she was crying. While having someone visiting,
that visitor was witness to Warren hitting Tanilla with an extension
cord as well as a wooden spoon to which he told the visitor, she just
Defense Barrister, Sarah McNaughton SC, asked the jury, in her opening
"Keep in mind, the
Crown's main witness, Donna Deaves was police's other main suspect for
causing the death of
the child. Ms Deaves has also been known to be violent towards her
Sarah McNaughton said that Donna would be receiving a reduced sentence
for helping in the prosecution of Warren and that the version of what
happened she was now giving, was different than her original version.
"This will be a
difficult trial for everyone and things may be more complicated than
they first seem"
the day I wanted to finish this page, I noticed news stories were
reporting that the trial was still ongoing. I will try to watch and put
the outcome of that trial on this page when it happens.
In December of 2013, Warren James Ross, who was at
that time 30 years old, was found guilty of murder, to which people in
the courtroom shouted "YES".
Sue Patterson told her son she loved him and he told her it was alright
and that it wasn't over. Outside was Adrian Warrick:
"Tanilla would have
been five, two days ago. Justice has been done. I thank the jury for
page was created on October 29, 2013
making the right decision"
of toady's date, May 23, 2014, I am unable to find out what sentence
was given to Warren Ross.
(Sent to me just eight
days after I made this page)
On May 30, 2014, Warren Ross was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years to
a maximum of 40 years in prison for the murder of Tanilla, the earliest
he would be out would be 2041. During court, Warren was making gestures
towards Adrian, Tanilla's father. Warren shouted to Adrian as he left
"See ya later, Adrian"
Justice Stephen Rothman said that since Warren had not premeditated the
murder of Tanilla, his crime did not fall into the most serious
category of murder and also commented on how Warren had never shown any
remorse for torturing and killing this little Angel:
"No person with a
modicum of humanity could fail to be moved by this murder"
want to thank Deanne for sending me this update. I continue to be
thankful for all of the people who send me updates and stories of
children who need to be added. I have been working for a few days
looking for updates, doing spell checks and doing what I can to edit
the pages, it helps a lot when people send updates and other mails that
add to the pages.
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