Kaydn William Hancock
2009 - May 12, 2010
A Grave Memorial
Andrea M. Rizzitano is the maternal great
aunt of Kaydn Hancock called the Department Of Families And Children
many times to try and get help for her nephew. Kaydn was being abused
by his mother, Christina Hancock who said the 13 month old was fat and
lazy, eventually beat him to death.
Police were called to
at about 4:29 a.m. on May 12 and told that Kaydn had fallen out of his
crib. When the Fire Department arrived, Kaydn was unresponsive and
having trouble breathing. Kaydn was taken to Emerson Hospital and
pronounced dead and 5:17 a.m. Kaydn
had many injuries which included internal bleeding, brain hemorrhaging
and bruising on his liver and lungs. It was determined that there was
no way that Kaydn had been injured that way by falling out of his crib
and his death was ruled a homicide by the Medical Examiner. Kaydn had
an older injury, his arm had been broken and that meant that he was not
able to learn how to crawl. Christina
had given up one child for
adoption, she had a two year old little girl, she had Kaydn and she was
pregnant with her fourth child when she was arrested.
Andrea was going after DCF and Governor Deval Patrick since her
repeated attempts to get help to save this little Angel were ignored,
she filed a lawsuit for negligence:
"No more excuses. Get
rid of the people who are not being accountable. Replace them with
people who are
competent and who care about children. What I really want is reform. To
degree, DCF isn't
accountable to anyone. He was a real, living, breathing boy who should
be here. I begged and
pleaded, I cried. At the end of the day, we have a dead baby and there's
no justification for
Andrea loved her nephew and is now raising his sister. Andrea and Elana
Mikelus Gordon, her Lawyer, said that DCF had a very long history with
Christina and her two children and that only two months before Kaydn
died he had been taken to the hospital with a broken arm and a
complaint was filed by the Doctor. Kaydn was removed from the home at
that time, though he was returned just a week later:
"They failed to act and
that's the issue. They knew the mother was not capable of taking
care of him and they
Elana Mikelus Gordon
"There were 54 prior
51A's filed against Ms. Hancock that were ignored, 64. If Kaydn had
been placed with me, or
anyone else, he would be alive"
In March of 2014, Christina Hancock, who was 27 years old at the time,
plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced by Superior
Judge Maureen Hogan, to eight to ten years in prison. Christina
admitted that she had punched Kaydn hard enough to rupture his spleen,
just because he wouldn't stop crying:
"Kadyn's death was an
avoidable tragedy that occurred when his own mother, the person who
should have loved and
protected him from harm, assaulted him so violently that the broad scope
and nature of his
injuries were fatal. With this plea, the defendant has now admitted to
responsibility for her
actions and this is a just and proper resolution to this case, given
factual, legal and
medical issues, the admissible evidence this case and our very high
of proof and
persuasion. Children are out most vulnerable victims and we will
continue to fight on
behalf of those with no
voice. I commend the Massachusetts State Police assigned to our office
and the Acton Police
for their diligent work in investigation the circumstances of little
death and for achieving a
measure of justice for this little boy's family"
District Attorney -
Kaydn had been home alone with Christine and his big sister, no one
else could have done what was done to him, other than Christina. Why wouldn't the evidence show, along with
her confession, that she killed this child, why wouldn't she spend the
rest of her life in prison for beating this child this way? Prosecutors
said that Christina preferred girls to boys and that was part of why
she beat Kaydn.
Even the schools were disgusted with the
way DCF handled complaints and staff at a school in Northbridge said
that they became frustrated because they had filed 13 complaints about
one child who had been being sexually abused before the child was
removed from the home. Of course there are people who will ALWAYS find a way to back up their
failings and it was said that some of the complaints were not acted on
because the school didn't understand how complaints were handled:
"The allegations are
different from fact. Our job is to get the facts"
Governor Deval Patrick
REALLY? If even ONE of those complaints was filed
correctly and admittedly by your own words there were only SOME that were not, then that child
should have been taken OUT of
that home with the first FACTUAL complaint
filed, when 13 complaints are filed and nothing is done before the 13th
one, someone is allowing the abuse of a child and should face criminal
persecution for that. The FACT
is that children are being abused and some abused to death while
someone sits back and does NOTHING!
Not all State leaders felt the way Deval did and Martha Coakly, the
Attorney General was asking that there be a complete overhaul of DCF
and new investigations units with a sole purpose of keeping children
safe. Others agreed with Martha and expressed
the need for an entirely new approach:
"Somebody who can take
a good skeptical view and make sure that everything is either
happening the way it
should, or, where there are deficiencies that those get recited"
Senator - Richard Moore
Martha Coakly was running for Governor at
the time, sadly, she didn't win.
Governor Deval Patrick was said to be a bit cold about what was being
proposed by Martha Coakly, he hinted that an independent review might
"We're talking about
that. We may have something more to say about this soon"
An Assistant Attorney General was quoted
as having said:
"It is not an exact
science and DCF doesn't always get it right and agency is not
an absolute guarantor of children in their care:
I have to wonder if this person would feel
the same way it if was one of THEIR
children who had been killed because DCF ignored 65 warnings about how
that child was being abused and then the child ended up dead.
Andrea asked the same question I have been asking for over 20 years "HOW MANY CHILDREN HAVE TO DIE":
"Their mission should
be to protect children, it isn't. DCF is a political organization and
cater to biological
parents even when they're abusing and killing their children"
Andrea is in the process of adopting her
five year old niece while Christina's nine year old son is living with
a cousin and the baby she gave birth to while in jail was put in foster
care. I hope that someone from the family will step up and take custody
of that baby as well.
Kadyn W. Hancock
Hancock, age 1, of Acton died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at Emerson
Hospital in Concord following a fall in his Acton home.
He was the
beloved son of Christina M. Hancock of Acton and Lamar D. Woodard of
Kaydn was the brother of Dashaun A. Hancock and Kayanna T.
Hancock, both of Acton, grandson of Charlene R. Hancock of Acton,
great-grandson of Dominic Rizzitano of Concord and the late Theresa J.
Olivo, formerly of Waltham, nephew of Larry N. Hancock and Alanna M.
Rizzitano, both of Maynard, and great-nephew of Deborah J. Rizzitano of
Maynard, Nicholas Kenneth Rizzitano of Concord, Dominic A. Rizzitano of
Medfield and Andrea M. Rizzitano of Waltham.
Kaydn brought happiness,
love and joy to all he touched in his short life. He will never be
forgotten and will be forever loved and missed.
Funeral was held
Tuesday, May 18, from Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford St., Concord Center,
at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass in Holy Family Parish, Monument
Square, Concord, at 10 a.m. Interment followed in St. Bernard's
Visiting hours were held Monday, May 17, 2010, from
2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Contributions in Kaydn's memory may be made to Kaydn
W. Hancock Memorial Fund, c/o Sovereign Bank, 409 Mass. Ave., Acton, MA
01720. Arrangements were under the care of Charles W. Dee and Susan M.
Dee, Dee Funeral Home of Concord. For online guestbook visit www.deefuneralhome.com.
Published in The BoxBorough Beacon From May 17 to May 24 2010
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