Khalil Wimes was not listed
as someone who was being supervised by the Department Of Human
Services, though two of his siblings were and they were being monitored
through supervised visit. Khalil was seen during those visits and
say that Khalil had visible signs of abuse during those visits, though
none of the Social Workers reports would ever reflect that anything was
ever seen by her. Khalil had been returned to the home after being in a
good, loving and supportive foster home only to return to a home where
he would die at the hands of the monsters who were his parents. It was
reported that a judges preference to mend broken families took
precedent over the safely of the child.
Khalil had a been a happy, loving child who was thriving in the home of
his foster family who he had lived with since being born in 2006. In
2008, his mother, went to court in order to get custody of their
son. The couple had done all of the things they had been asked to do by
DHS after having their five other children taken away due to drug
abuse. Khalil went to live with a cousin, Alicia Nixon when his parents
couldn't support him and didn't have a proper home for him to
Floyd and Tina were required to take six months of drug treatment, take
parenting classes, find jobs and find a suitable place to live if they
wanted their children back, they did all of those things and it was
ordered the they could get Khalil back. No one bothered to worry that
Khalil was already adjusted to the family he lived with and knew them
as his family, it didn't matter that Social Workers and a court
appointed Child Advocate said it wouldn't be in his best interest to
go to his mother and father. Whatever the IDIOT
judge decided was going to
happen and it was decided that Khalil be ripped from a good home and
given to one that would kill him. Sometimes it's okay to admit that a
family isn't a family and leave children where they are, I hope that
Judge now realizes that.
Khalil was in the system for two years after that and things seemed to
be fine. When DHS stopped monitoring him, the abuse started right way.
Two of Khalil's sisters who were said to be adults, told DHS that the
little Angel was beating with extension cords, shoes, books and belts
and often sent to bed without any dinner, neither of these two
bothered to report or tell the case workers about the abuse. SHAME ON THEM!
Something was wrong with Khalil and Floyd and Tina, the good good
parents, (insert eyeroll here) waited 13 hours before they called to
get any help for their son. Tina told police that she had hit her son
while he was in the bathroom and he fell to the floor and became
unconscious. When he was finally taken to the hospital, his body was
lifeless and he had scars and bruises in various stages of healing all
over his body. Floyd and Tina were afraid that hospital staff would
call the police and report the abuse, so they had waited all that time,
time that could have help their son, saved his life, to bring him in.
Police were called. At the time of his death, Khalil weighed only 29
pounds, not enough for a three year old.
Mayor Nutter promised that a thorough investigation would be done as
for why this child died, but said that DHS does the best they can:
"They are committed and
they live their work 24/7"
Not really, or any caseworkers who were visiting the home would have
noticed that Khalil needed help. A Medical Examiner said that Khalil
died of blunt force trauma and malnutrition:
"He suffered from
malnutrition because nobody's feeding him. I mean like any six year old
depending upon your parents to take care of you. Or some other adult. I
of the body and clearly signs of abuse"
Police Commissioner -
Floyd Wimes, who was 48
years old at the time and Tina Cuffie, who was 44 at the time, were
arrested and charged with murder in the death of Khalil.
In November of 2013 Khalil's death was called a slow, torturous death
and a crime against humanity by the Prosecutor, in court. A Common
Pleas Judge, Barbara McDermott, said that Khalil had been nothing more
than a pawn to his parents and she sentenced them both to 30 to 60
years in prison.
November 28, 2014
In November of 2014 Floyd Wimes and Tina Cuffie were found guilty of
murder and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. The Prosecutor and
Judge both agreed that Khali's case was the worst of child abuse they
had ever seen. one of Khali's grandmothers made the suggestion that the
couple should have to have pictures of this little Angel in their cell
as a daily reminder of what they had done to him. Edward McCann, the
Prosecutor said that a better idea was that they be forced to wear
pictures of him, one of him healthy when they first got him at the age
of 3 and one of him when he was laying the coroner's table:
"Everyone should know
what they did over a course of, as the Judge aptly said, three
where this child really was tortured, physically tortured, deprived of
company and kept in a cage essentially, locked away from people who
Khalil's family was blaming DHS for what happened to him after he was
released into the home of his parents even though they had a history of
violence and drug abuse:
"They gave him back to
the very people who hurt him and now we're getting him back dead.
sick and broken and there's nothing anyone can do or say that could
give us comfort
now, except the fact that Khalil is no longer suffering at the hands of
Nixon - Aunt
is supposed to protect children. He was in a very safe home, he was
ripped from a safe
and taken back to squalor. I'm very saddened but I'll be honest with
you, I'm extremely
I'm angry right now"
Hadi - Uncle
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May 30, 2014