Thanks Ang for posting those stats. I have thought for a long time that this was a sick trend.
I'm sorry to hear about this sweet little lamb's abuse and murder. Absolutely pathetic!
This link says that DHFS was called to the house on three occasions prior to Alicia's murder:
According to the criminal complaint, Burgess was taken to the hospital in October with a broken leg and a burn on her side. That's the first time social workers were alerted to possible abuse of Burgess and her 3-year-old brother, but it wasn't the last...
...Records show representatives from the Department of Health and Family Services also visited the family in January and February, but there is no indication anything was ever done to remove the children.
-and I found this, too:
...The criminal complaint also says that police questioned Arteaga, Crystal Burgess and friends of the couple concerning previous allegations of abuse against the children. Alicia had suffered a broken leg that Arteaga attributed to a crib accident...