was to blame for the child being so thin and dying. CPS had been
Daelynn was ill, that she had Cerebral Palsy, was not being treated
by a physical,
was deathly thin and was being neglected. CPS COULD have
saved her life,
CPS CHOSE not to!
the last 1
month of her life, Daelynn was starved and neglected. When she
died, she had
bed sores on her pelvis, one of those sores reached all the way to
and was one inch wide. Daelynn's mother was arrested and charged
neglect and selling Methamphetamines. Linda Parisia, who was
defender for Brandy Foreman shamelessly said:
issues are part
of the entire constellation of the physical
that a caregiver is dealing with, as
conduct on the part of a caregiver"
sad that you can't see that your client is a murderer and a child
abuser. I realize
that everyone is entitled to be defended when they commit a
crime, I just
don't see how some lawyers can defend and make excuses the way
the child abusers and murderers of this world. Each and every one of
me more than I could ever put into words.
confidentiality laws to cover up their part in the death of a child.
thing is that the Sacramento County Child Protective Services decided
their policies related to "medically fragile" children AFTER
already died. Lynn Frank, who was the director of the county's
Department Of Health
And Human Services, which oversees CPS, said
that she had deceived every agency that had been involved
case. She also said:
I'm crushed and heartbroken about what this poor
endure. I'm really heartbroken about what she had
It's my worst nightmare
and I do not want this to
that Lynn is
recovering from all that SHE went through because of the
can insert an eyeroll here. Do I seem a bit more agitated than
now? I won't apologize for this, or any other time when I am going
to be a bit
harsh in the eyes of the people reading here. How many times are we
hear the same story? CPS SHOULD have taken action and
didn't. A child
dies because of their unwillingness to save that child. CPS can't talk
case, though CPS is NOW reviewing and making
changes to their
in dealing with cases like this. Directors and other employees are
by the death of the child. This is not new to us. The time to change
things is BEFORE
a child died.
of the review
team, who was familiar with Daelynn's case said
action SHOULD have been taken:
could have been
prevented; this child did not have to die.
when this could have gone another way"
Anderson - President
Child Abuse Prevention Council
these people KNEW
and did nothing? Why am NOT surprised?
Detective Brian Shortz said that efforts to save Daelynn fell
In April of 2005, CPS had told Brandy to take Daelynn to the
they would take unspecified action against her. Brandy took
Daelynn to the
doctor and was found, at the age of ten, to be only 46, pounds
14 pounds less than she had weighed only one year before at a
appointment. The doctor told Brandy that she needed to get Daelynn to
and other specialists.
the doctor called Brandy at least six times to try to get her to take
see him. Brandy didn't do it and shortly after that even stopped
to Ralph Richardson Center, which is a school that educates
Fall of that year,
Cherie Bates began visiting twice a week with Daelynn for
Cherie noticed that Daelynn was losing weight and brought it up
as well as CPS. In June Cherie tried to get Brandy to take Daelynn
to a doctor
and Brandy said she would do that the next day and never did. At
Brandy stopped allowing Cherie to see Daelynn, canceling visits
her waiting behind a locked gate. Daelynn would be dead only 40 days
Paramedics round Daelynn, in a rented duplex, on July 31, 2007,
told them that Daelynn had not eaten anything at all for the past
and that she had only been drinking nutritional supplements.
required by law to
send a report to the Department Of Social Services detailing their
with the families of neglected children, within 48 hours of a the
a child. A report was filed, though it was not released.
that CPS did not provide enough evidence for this case to make a
substantiated that abuse or neglect had been the cause of
Once again SOMEONE was trying to cover up what had happened:
not saying this
is not a case of abuse or neglect. But based on information
the county), it does not qualify as a case of substantiated abuse or
social services department
claims to not know
how the state had come to the conclusion. For seven months,
Daelynn's was case
on hold while the coroner was coming to a conclusion
of death. Eventually, the truth came out, Daelynn was starved to
Brandy was arrested,
the police arrived to arrest her, a man dove off of her second
onto a garage roof and tried to run from the police. Eric M.
caught and arrested on suspicion of possession of and selling
claimed that Brandy had many visitors who came at all hours of
staying for only a few minutes.
proved to be a dramatic
one in Foreman's neighborhood near Hazel Avenue and Greenback Lane.
Talkington, has a daughter who was 13 years old at the time and also
Palsy. She was upset at the role she felt she played in death
of us were friends
and involved, this wouldn't have
know (Foreman). But at the same time,
had a son, who
at the time was five years old. He was placed in the custody of
based group called
the Child Advocacy Institute was disgusted with
man or woman
who has ever held a child in their arms should be
and screaming with rage. I want to know what has
this child. Once
CPS is involved, that child legally and morally
my responsibility and that of
every other citizen of Sacramento County
Ed Howard -
counsel for the group
was shocked to learn of Daelynn's death.
Martha's son when Daelynn was very young. Eventually, they
a son together. Martha said that from the year 2000 to 2002, she
Daelynn on a regular basis and she had always been a chubby
Daelynn could not walk, though she was able to scoot around the
her bottom and she loved to watch Barney and she was always
happy to see
when my son
would come home from work, she would
he got there. She knew who he was."
that Brandy always
took good care of Daelynn until about 2002 when
Martha noticed drug paraphernalia in the home and her son
Brandy. When Martha would got to pick up her grandson for
would never allow her into the house.
said that her
grandson often needed medical care with severe diaper rashes and
seemed to need a lot of sleep:
haunted by the crying
she must have done. Anybody with eyes
can see that
something was horribly wrong. It wasn't
that killed her. It was my county"
January 22, 2010, Brandy was sentenced to 25
yearsto life for what she did to this precious Angel. Again, I can only
say that I HOPE life
really means LIFE!
Center For Justice
many times do you
have to call CPS before they do anything?" asked Richard Melm
Sacramento, whose stepdaughter, Daelynn Foreman, starved to death in
2006 while living with his ex-wife – despite six reports to Sacramento
County's CPS of suspected neglect over a four-year period.
death was so shocking
that CPS' own spokeswoman said the case "sent shudders down the
of all CPS."
Orangevale girl with cerebral palsy had withered to 23 pounds, the
for a 1-year-old. The girl's mother, Brandy Foreman, has been charged
murder for allegedly having withheld food; she also faces drug charges.
death after six
local referrals is acknowledged within Sacramento CPS as a problem
one in which the worker "did not understand the situation well enough
be able to identify an appropriate intervention," said Coulthard, who
the agency's top job last year after rising through the ranks since
told The Bee that an internal investigation had resulted in "personnel
actions," but would not elaborate.
Daelynn's case, the
agency developed new programs and assigned workers to specialize in
fragile" children and medical neglect referrals. It also created a
Neglect Review Team to monitor the more complex cases.
article at: Action
Center For Justice