05-06-2009, 10:26 AM #1
WI - Layunnia Lewis, 7 mos, starved to death, Milwaukee, 28 Nov 2006
Mother charged in '06 starvation death of 7-month-old daughter
Jan 20, 2009
A Milwaukee mother of five, who police say spent hundreds of dollars a month on gambling, was charged Tuesday with allowing her 7-month-old daughter to starve to death in 2006.
Layunnia Lewis perished even as child welfare workers repeatedly visited the family's filthy, roach-infested home to check on an abused older sibling, according to investigative reports.
And though various agencies were attempting to provide Layunnia with medical and safety services, it does not appear welfare workers involved with the older sibling's case were even aware of those efforts.
Layunnia, 14 weeks premature and suffering from herpes, was born April 1, 2006. She weighed 4 3/4 pounds when she was released from the hospital on June 22. She weighed 5 1/2 pounds when she died Nov. 28, 2006. She had a broken leg, bruises on her head and abrasions on her sex organs.
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05-06-2009, 11:37 AM #2
05-06-2009, 11:43 AM #3Registered User
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This just pi**es me off! Why didn't the remove the children from that home.
That sweet little angel suffered and died at the hands of the state, IMO.Don't confront me with my failures.....I had not forgotten them.
05-06-2009, 11:50 AM #4
There are many more child deaths while under the watch of this same agency...there has been a shake-up but 103 of the 104 workers will work under the new agency.
Check out the links here:
05-06-2009, 11:54 AM #5Inactive
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This makes my skin crawl. How can a human being do this/allow this to happen?
I hope that Melody Cole, the mother, gets the maximum 25 years in prison.
05-06-2009, 12:07 PM #6
Why in the world has it taken so long and also, why is her husband not charged also, they both lived there and both had to be aware of what they were doing! The day after this baby died they went to a casino, sure they can spend 500 a month to gamble yet not 1 bit of baby food in the house! Why didn't they give the baby up for adoption? Oh I guess that would have messed with their welfare money
VBBoyfriends and girlfriends are not Babysitters.
Just because you want to be with somebody does not mean they will take care of your children.
05-20-2010, 09:49 AM #7
Melody Cole is set for Jury Trial on 06/28/2010 in Milwaukee County. The charge is Neglecting a Child (Cause Death).
05-20-2010, 07:25 PM #8
I am having problems writing stuff I dont have to delete.
How about just hanging a banner over Milwaukee County
Welcome to Milwaukee County!
Please pardon our dust
(as we scramble to cover our mistakes)
Our Child Proctecive Services are currently not working
due to "SYSTEM FAILURE"
Thank you for your understanding!
Last edited by Angel4u2Whisper2; 05-20-2010 at 10:48 PM.
07-10-2010, 03:40 AM #9
Update: Melody Cole is now set for Jury Trial on 12/06/2010.
11-03-2015, 10:41 AM #10
From January 2011:
A Milwaukee mother of seven who let her 7-month-old daughter starve to death in 2006 was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail but could go to prison for five years if she fails to meet conditions of probation.
Melody Cole, 31, was not charged in the case until January 2009 and pleaded guilty in November to neglecting a child, causing death.
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