Ryan Weeks
November 9, 2004 - November 5, 2008
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To the left is a picture of Lois Huddlestone, she is a former Department Of Human Services worker who tried to get help for Ryan Weeks, he efforts failed and Ryan ended up being abused to death.

Some workers with the DHS were wishy washy in trying to decide if Ryan should stay in the home with his mother or not. It seems at times, she was okay and other times she wasn't. Unfortunately, they didn't consider the times she wasn't okay to be bad enough to remove him from the home and save his life.

The adults in the home were able to convince DHS that their behavior was
changing and that the pattern of domestic violence in the home was going
to change and go come to an end.

In 2005, Ryan's biological father was said to have broken into the home and choked Trinity Anderson, his mother. This man was said to have slapped her and held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her, in front of the children in the home. The father was arrested and charged with domestic assault and battery by strangulation. At that time the children were removed from the home, later they were returned. The month before this incident, Trinity had been given a protection order against this man and went to a domestic violence shelter to get protection, however, she eventually moved out of the shelter and back to the home.

In February of 2006, another DHS visit took place because there was a party going on and Trinity was smoking Marijuana with her boyfriend, Rocky Moore. Rocky was at the home, but the DHS worker was not able to confirm that the couple had been doing any kind of drugs. One of the older children in the home said that he had seen them smoking Marijuana.

During that same year there were several hearings concerning the safety of Ryan and his siblings. DHS made a recommendation that a petition be filed to terminate the parental rights because Trinity had not been cooperative in following their plans for the children to be safe. A Judge agreed that there was no family unit and Trinity had failed to do what was needed for her children and they were placed in foster care. At least twice the recommendation was made for the children to remain in foster care, but at some point, they ended up back with Trinity after she was able to convince DHS workers that she would clean up her life and things would be better. For Ryan, things would only get worse.

On November 5, 2008, Ryan Weeks died from what was said by the State Medical Examiner to be blunt force trauma. Ryan's injuries included a depressed skull fracture and a traumatic brain injury. Rocky Allen Moore, who was 22 years old at the time, was charged with first degree murder as a result of Ryan's death. Ryan died just four days away from his 4th birthday after having been in the system with DHS since he was one year old. Ryan's death was ruled a homicide.

Trinity Anderson was 22 years old at the time and she wasn't home when her child was beaten by Rocky Moore. Even with her history of child abuse and neglect complaints, she wasn't going to be charged with anything in relation to the death of Ryan. That is very sad, she had the power to save his life, she chose a man over her children!

Danna Paulino had been Ryan's foster mother and she had tried over and over with no success, to make DHS understand that he was in trouble and shouldn't go back to his mother. Ryan would return from visits with bruises and Danna would file complaints with no results:

"I begged and pleaded and boohooed"

Danna said that Ryan was a loving and sweet little boy and she said that she had warned DHS many times that Ryan and his brother were in serious danger in that home. Danna had shown pictures of bruises on the boys, to DHS, of hand prints on their bodies and the DHS worker said that the children were lying and when the Judge signed an order returning the children to their mother he was reported to have said:

"I hope I don't regret this"
Judge Floyd Haught

After Ryan died, Floyd said:

"I am not free under Oklahoma law to make any comments at this point"

Of course you're not. But you saw pictures of the abuse, you heard the testimony about the abuse these children suffered, you knew that Rocky was on probation and you send them BACK into that home and Ryan is dead, that's all anyone needs to know.

Danna had been working with Lois Huddlestone, the DHS worker who tried without success to help the children. Lois had been helpful in successful adoptions of three children to home of Danna and her husband. Danna and her husband had been fostering the three siblings since September of 2007 through August 1, 2007 and she voiced her concerns over and over and no matter how hard Lois tried to help, she was not able to make it right for these children. Lois called the caseworker asking for help and was told they would check in to the situation. Lois said sarcastically:

"They really checked into it and they really did listen because we're burying a three year old.
It's not right, I've been on the inside. I've seen"

A Police affidavit said that Ryan had a large abrasive bruise on his back as well as other bruises all over his body. Ryan was flown to OU Medical Center, but he died. One of Ryan's siblings told Police that he saw Rocky slam Ryan against the wall and then on to the floor and he showed how it was done using a doll. Of course Rocky had a story of his own in which he said that Ryan had been throwing up, had fallen down the stairs and even hit his head on the tub as well as the corner of a wall. Rocky said that the bruise on his back was from Ryan sliding down a dresser after Rocky put him on the dresser in order to pull up his underwear. Rocky also told Police that Ryan and his brother had been fighting that day. The way Rocky put things it would seem that Ryan was just having one heck of a bad day.

At the time he was arrested for Ryan's murder, Rocky was on probation for smoking Marijuana in front of the children.

Today is July 12, 2014 and oddly, I am unable to find any information about a conviction in this case or even if it ever went to trial.

UPDATE: May 20, 2016 Thank you Sandy for another update.

Oklahoma's DHS reported the following:

Ryan Weeks, 3

Date of death/incident: November 4, 2008

Circumstances: Ryan was beaten to death in his mother's home. Ryan's foster parent, Danna Pauline, pleaded with DHS not to return the boy to his mother three months prior to death because Ryan had returned from visits with bruises.

Charges/Convictions: Ryan's mother's boyfriend, Rocky Allen Moore, pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in the death and was sentenced to life in prison.

Death occurred in the state of Oklahoma
This page was created on July 12, 2014

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