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    NM - Evelyn Miranda, 53, San Patricio, 8 June 2011

    My heart aches for Evelyn's family and the children she's cared for who love her and must be hurting. Treatment foster care/adoption are not without their perils.


    http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_18238463

    Lincoln County [NM] foster mother found dead, 2 teens and family van missing

    "Lincoln County authorities say a woman who took in troubled teenagers was found dead and two girls she was fostering are missing, along with the family van...."

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    "....Evelyn Miranda was found dead Wednesday at her home in the small Hondo Valley community of San Patricio. Twelfth Judicial District Attorney Diana Martwick told the paper that two teenage girls who had been living with her are considered persons of interest in her death, which she said is being investigated as a homicide. One of the girls had recently been arrested on battery charges and had been put on a year's probation less than a week ago. Miranda was a treatment foster parent...."

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    An arrest has been made:

    http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S....shtml?cat=500

    Arrest made in murder of Lincoln Co. foster mom

    "New Mexico State police say an arrest has been made in the murder of a Lincoln County woman who was found dead in her home Wednesday morning...."

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    "....Police say Miranda’s two teenage foster children were missing along with the family van. Officials have not confirmed whether the two teenage girls are suspects in the murder. At this time State police will only say an arrest was made in Eddy County Wednesday night...."

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    http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2011/...nty-woman.html

    Breaking: Two Girls Arrested In Murder Of Lincoln County Woman

    "Lincoln County Undersheriff Robert Shepperd said two 15-year-old girls who were being fostered by a San Patricio woman have been arrested and charged with her murder. Shepperd said the two girls, whose names he declined to release because the actual charging documents had not been filed in court yet, were caught in Carlsbad on Wednesday night.

    One of the girls had been living with 53-year-old Evelyn Miranda for about two weeks, the other for only a few days, Shepperd said. He said it appeared Miranda died of asphyxiation, but he said an autopsy had not been finalized so he could not say exactly how she died...."

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    http://www.koat.com/r/28187566/detail.html

    Teens Charged In Foster Mom's Death


    "Two 15-year-old girls have been charged with murder in the death of their foster mother in San Patricio. Lincoln County Undersheriff Robert Shepperd said the teens, Alexis Shields and Desiree Linares, were caught Wednesday night in Carlsbad, and each was charged Thursday with one count of open murder.

    A search began Wednesday morning after Evelyn Miranda, a beauty shop owner who took in troubled kids, was found dead of apparent asphyxiation at her home in the Hondo Valley...."

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    This breaks my heart. Those of us who care for and love challenging children and special needs adults really try to not think about these things. But tragedies happen. My heart goes out to Ms. Miranda's family. May she rest in peace.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110610/...JyYW50bm10ZWU-

    Warrant: NM teens tied up, smothered foster mom

    "Arrest documents say two 15-year-old girls accused of killing their foster mom in New Mexico put her in a chokehold, tied her hands and feet and then smothered her with a pillow. Fifty-three-year-old Evelyn Miranda was found dead Wednesday in San Patricio.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports a neighbor heard strange noises at about 4 a.m. He went to check his livestock and noticed lights were on at Miranda's home and her van was missing. The neighbor told Lincoln County authorities he knocked on the door but got no answer so he went inside, where he found the woman's body on a bed...."

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    "....one of the girls told authorities she put Miranda in a chokehold while the other tied her up...."

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    May this woman rest in peace. Prayers to her family. I can not imagine all that they must be going through.
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    So very sad. I guess it's true - no good deed goes unpunished.

    RIP Miranda. And thank you for trying to help where others failed.

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    Broken girls, broken homes, broken lives:

    http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2011/...-part-one.html

    The Slaying Of A Foster Mom
    June 18, 2011

    "Alexis Shields and Desiree Linares, both 15, didn’t know each other before they were sent to live in Evelyn Miranda’s foster home, a tranquil haven with apricot trees in the front yard in this quiet Hondo Valley village.

    But the girls had some things in common: tumultuous upbringings and conflicts with parents or caretakers. They had both run away from home, again and again...."

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    RIP Evelyn....She sounds like such a lovely lady, horrible how other children will not have the oppurtunity to expierence that, these young "ladies" took that away. JMO

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    “It’s the collapse of the whole damned thing,” said Linares’ grandfather, William Gunnels. “Now a lady’s dead … and two kids are ruined because the system didn’t care.”

    that quote annoys me ... how 'bout instead of blaming the system, they put the responsibility squarely on the girls' shoulders, since they're the ones that murdered ... and if they have to lay blame beyond that, how about asking why both the girls were bandied around from relative to relative to foster home to group home to wherever else and running away constantly prior to being placed with Evelyn Miranda

    I understand their anger and need to lash out at this time but it's not the system's fault

    the problems clearly started within their respective homes and the system is expected to jump in and fix what they broke? the system isn't magical and if parents didn't mess up their kids, it wouldn't need to exist in the first place

    all JMO


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    LadyL--You expressed my reaction to the man's statement to a "T". The system did not "ruin" those young girls. There was a very distinct reason that a judge ruled that they were to be placed in an experienced treatment foster home. States don't have a lot of money to throw around these days and those placements are held for the children and teens with the most issues, as they are extremely expensive. Not all the funds go to the treatment provider, either. There are a myriad services that come with that level of placement.

    The girls already blew out of their homes of origin, relatives' homes and regular foster homes. Next step up would have been a group home. But they bypassed that and are going directly to some sort of incarceration....I hope.

    We don't often remember the risks that specialized treatment foster and adoptive families make every day. This woman was killed in the line of duty....no different than a LEO. Bless her heart for the good she did for children.

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    How horrible!!!
    These 2 are the exception I am sure .
    Probably took the lethal combo to get to this point .
    What happens to them ? are they tried as adults? They were smart enough to kill this woman , steal her car and money . Can they be saved? I wouldnt want them living next door to me or babysitting my neighbors kids .
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    Our family chose to adopt after we had our three birthchildren. I resisted foster care like the plague. I have the utmost respect for foster parents but I just didn't think I'd be able to play the "game" of attempted reunification. We chose 11 children to adopt who'd already had their parental rights terminated. They grew up and I got very sick. Our huge house was empty and my husband had to spend all his time at home anyway, caring for me. The state approached us about high level DD foster parenting. We already had the systems in place and we were downright bored. We decided to take a leap and try it. DHS knew going in that my health was going downhill fast but my husband is strong and healthy and we have a wonderful support system--family, therapists, doctors, behavior specialists, the school, local LE, juvenile justice, the DA. I'm still good at online advocacy. It was just too much work to set it all up not to keep using the resources....especially when kids were waiting.

    Within two short months (man...they fast-tracked us), we had two really sweet older teens. Lots and lots of issues and very low functioning but we were having fun. They were loving and sweet and so dependent on us. We had to cut their food and read bedtime stories. I loved it. Then, two months later, we got a placement of a teen who was very troubled and recovering from a lithium overdose. It was very hard to read her. Something about the dynamics in our home, changed overnight.

    I'll never forget three weeks in 2009. We had a total of 23 run-aways in those three weeks. The kids (14-17) would feed off each other. We've since learned this is very common. The police would bring them home and they'd go right out the back door. Caseworkers would simply park out in front of our house and try to talk kids down from leaving. Due to state laws, foster parents cannot even give the impression of restriction of egress. Not even for safety reasons. All you can do is calmly talk, try to redirect, and call the police if they run. Oh, it was tiresome. Two girls hit the freeway and hitch-hiked halfway to Portland, after LE lost sight of them. Thankfully, they were found. One boy walked out in his jammies and ended up downtown with a group of transients being dared to pull his pants down....in the snow. The next night he held me captive on the front porch with an umbrella, threatening to stab me, until an alert neighbor called the police. He was 300 lbs. and I'm 105. The police can only talk to the kids--and that's tough when the teen has a 50 IQ and is armed with an umbrella and refusing his meds. There's no shelter, no after hours emergency plan. LEOs can't even touch the kids. They just bring them home. The capping climax was when we caught (we were both full time parents and the kids had eyes-on supervision as we slept in shifts) the two girls lowering one little poodle after another in a sling to the ground from an upper story window late at night. They were going to sneak off with their favorite pets. We got the dogs back but the girls went maniacally giggling into the night. have no doubt that if I'd stood in their path, they might have hurt me. If I'm not mistaken, between the three of them, they'd had a total of 52 placements during their short lives, prior to our home.

    A week later, the two oldest were placed in adult homes and the younger girl stayed. Long story short, she's doing GREAT. Three years in and I can't imagine life without her. But, oh what a ride it was, settling in and going through the testing stages. You know what, though? As hard as it was, I still get DAILY emails from the two older kids. They remember all the fun stuff and have forgotten the tough stuff. I still love them but I don't think we'd choose to do it again. We feel blessed to have permanently impacted this last young lady. She's our swan song.

    Treatment foster parenting is not for the faint of heart. But it's surely not boring either.

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    According to 12th Judicial District Court records, Judge James W. Counts ruled that Desiree Linares is mentally disabled and incompetent to stand trial in the death of Evelyn Miranda...
    He ruled that there is not a substantial probability that Linares will become competent to proceed in a criminal or youthful offender case in the near future...
    Counts ordered Linares remain at the Lincoln County Detention Center pending further action by the New Mexico Department of Health...
    Linares’ codefendant, Alexis Shields, 18, pleaded guilty in 2013 to first-degree murder and was sentenced earlier this year to 30 years in prison with 17 years suspended and credit for time served.
    http://www.abqjournal.com/473475/new...competent.html



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