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    Infant dies after baby sitter falls

    Infant dies after baby sitter falls

    Bereaved parents criticize CPS for taking caregiver's children

    ALLEN – George and Kimberly Galdiano's baby sitter runs a Web camera that allows parents to check in on their children throughout the day. Mr. Galdiano did not use it often. But Wednesday morning he did.

    He watched his 10-month-old daughter, Ezri, playing near the toy box – the last time he saw her alive.

    Less than an hour later, while carrying Ezri down the stairs at her Allen house, baby sitter Ann M. Perry lost her balance and fell. The child was flown to Children's Medical Center Dallas, where she was pronounced dead, said Capt. Robert Flores, an Allen police spokesman.

    "She was sitting in front of the toy box smiling and playing with toys and just having a good time," Mr. Galdiano said in the living room of his Allen home Thursday. "I'm very happy that I have memories of me kissing her, her blowing me a kiss and her playing with toys and enjoying life."

    After Ms. Perry dropped the child, Ezri tumbled downward, striking her head on a wall at the bottom of the staircase. She lost consciousness, and paramedics administered aid when they arrived at the house in the 1300 block of Normandy Lane about 9:15 a.m., police said.

    The Perrys' two children, who were staying with friends of the family, were placed in the custody of Child Protective Services on Thursday, Mr. Galdiano said. He and his wife said that was an injustice.

    CPS officials declined to comment on the location of the Perry children.

    Spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales said CPS has no history with Ms. Perry or the Galdianos.

    Capt. Flores said Allen police are investigating the incident, as is routine every time there is a death. The Dallas County medical examiner had not determined the official cause of death Thursday.


    CPS statement


    Ms. Gonzales said it's not uncommon for CPS to remove children while trying to find out how an incident occurred.

    "Anytime there is a death, you want to work that as if it could be a murder, because you don't want to lose anything. You have to do that to protect the rights of the deceased and ... to clear the person if they did nothing wrong," Capt. Flores said.

    But the Galdianos said they know that Ezri's death was a tragic accident.

    "Believe me, if I thought this was anything but an accident, I'd be the first one hollering for justice," Mr. Galdiano said.

    Ms. Perry, 30, has been the Galdianos' baby sitter since Ezri's older sister, Amilia, 3, was an infant. She watches the sisters, along with her own two young children, said Mr. Galdiano, 41. An unidentified man, who answered the door at the Perry home, said that Ms. Perry did not want to talk.

    "My wife called Ann and said, 'I love you. We know this was an accident. And you need to forgive yourself,' " Mr. Galdiano said.

    Thursday the Galdiano home was filled with family and friends offering support and comfort. They shared memories of the little girl, who had not yet celebrated her first Thanksgiving or Christmas.

    They said Ezri had an infectious smile and loved to laugh. She had two bottom teeth and one top tooth. A fourth tooth was just starting to break the surface. Her first word was "Da Da" and she was just working up to "Ma Ma," her father said.

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    Unbelievable I cannot believe that they would take this woman's children away from her if there was no history of abuse or neglect. This makes me especially mad since I work for our local Child Protective Services. We have to provide proof beyond doubt that the child or children are in immediate danger in order to do an emergency removal. This is an injustice to the system and the families.

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    I'm confused.. who called the paramedics if the babysitter was unconscious?

    Poor little baby

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casshew
    I'm confused.. who called the paramedics if the babysitter was unconscious?

    Poor little baby
    The baby was unconscious, not the baby sitter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bakerprune64
    The baby was unconscious, not the baby sitter.
    oh, duh! thanks.. I read it wrong.. what a heartbreaker

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    What a tragic accident

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    Bakers I agree.


    Plenty of people being investigated for murder do not lose their children.
    This is a travesity and abuse of the system.

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    What a tragic accident!! I applaud the babysitter for having a web-cam so the parents can check in if they want to, she must've been a great babysitter. It's sad that CPS took her children away while they investigate, especially considering that the parents don't blame her and know it was an accident, also. Prayers for the little girl and her family and also for the babysitter and her family.
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    Just think how confused, scared and abandoned the infants siblings feel at this very tragic time. Families need to be together during such times. CPS SCREWS UP AGAIN!!!

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    wow, how great of the mother, even in her grief- to be able to offer support to the SITTER, who must be feeling suicidal right now....!!! that's amazing that she is able to say "it wasn't your fault, we know it was an accident, please forgive yourself, etc.".......! i feel so bad for the sitter, she must be in hell, and she probably loved that little baby too.... how awful for everyone involved, hope the baby did not suffer & it was over quick.

    just a side note.. i know someone this happened too, the father was holding the baby & fell down the stairs- he slipped on a VIDEO that was left on the steps, to be taken back to the video store.. the baby hit her head while falling, & had to have a shunt put in, came very close to dying but was OK thanks to quick medical help. the parents ended up fighting over who put the video there, and how stupid that was, and ended up divorcing (over other issues too), and now the girl is a teenager, took her mom's side & hates her father, the whole family is split up.. typical modern american story, sad to say.
    anyway, my point is- DON'T LEAVE THINGS ON THE STAIRS!!!




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