FL - Ashley Diaz, 4 mos, died covered in bite marks, Orlando, 10 Aug 2009

Discussion in 'Crimes-Spotlight on Children' started by Brini, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. Brini

    Brini Future Irene Adler

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    Mom Arrested After Baby Found Bitten, Dead

    Posted: 3:45 pm EDT August 24, 2009Updated: 4:00 pm EDT August 24, 2009
    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- A mother in Orange County is accused of killing her baby. Investigators arrested Katie Furtaw on Friday and charged her with aggravated child abuse.

    Detectives say Furtaw's 4-month-old daughter died sometime in August after being brought to the hospital.

    Police say the baby had bruises and bite marks all over her body. The medical examiner has not released the cause of death.

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  3. TaylorJ4

    TaylorJ4 Member

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    Oh my Jesus
     
  4. believe09

    believe09 Active Member

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    I am thinking eye for an eye on this one-whose with me?

    Where is SCM when I need her-she always writes a more compassionate post that I can relate to...
     
  5. jnTexas

    jnTexas Can't wait for softball and baseball to start :-)

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    they should be able to match the bite marks with mommy dearests teeth.

    Sick!!
     
  6. badhorsie

    badhorsie Mouth operational, brain elsewhere...

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    To have had a baby and to have seen him die, it breaks my heart to read this, I don't know if I can take much more:mad:
     
  7. lizzybeth

    lizzybeth Active Member

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    This isn't the first time I've read about a parent, step-parent or caregiver biting an infant. What is with that? I can't understand harming a child at all, but biting???
     
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    lizzybeth Active Member

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    badhorsie, I'm so sorry for your loss.
     
  9. lovelabs

    lovelabs Takin' it one day at a time

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    What the heck is in the water in Florida?

    I know that stuff happens all over the world, but for some reason it seems Florida is a melting pot.

    RIP little baby girl.
     
  10. Sheromom

    Sheromom New Member

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    So sorry for your loss. I feel the same way. In fact, I did stay away for nearly a year at one point. But when I come here, it is the little ones that draw my attention, even though those are the stories that hurt the worst. I think we all wish there was more we could do for them. And even turning to CPS isn't always an answer, as we have seen over and over. It's very frustrating but neither can we give up on them.:blowkiss:
     
  11. mysterygirl

    mysterygirl A Nancy Drew Wannabe

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    Jesus......what is wrong with these people! I don't even know what to say anymore, I feel such anger and horror..........
     
  12. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    Anyone have a link for the article? TIA :)
     
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    Lord have Mercy, what is going on? This is almost too sad and difficult to envision. I have to believe that many of these killers had people around them that ignored signs that abuse might be occurring. I am sorry but I just don't understand how people just snap one day and kill their children. I really believe there must be signs to some degree that abuse is going on.

    Please people report the red flags you see. A child's life could be saved.
     
  14. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    Oh my God I am so SICK of these sperm and egg donors hurting/killing their babies! Babies cry! It's their only way of communicating their needs and wants! If you can't handle a baby crying, USE PROTECTION or give the baby up for adoption to a family who will love and cherish the child like he or she deserves! Or just CALL someone and have them come help out to care for the baby if you're at your breaking point. Don't harm your innocent little angels. :(

    My own 18-month-old baby is sitting here all cuddled up with me right now and I just can't for the life of me imagine EVER harming her in ANY way. I just don't get what goes through these peoples' minds. I just want to cry for all these poor babies out there that never got the chance to be loved like they so deserved. I wish I could have shown them what it feels like to be loved and safe :(
     
  16. mysterygirl

    mysterygirl A Nancy Drew Wannabe

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    I feel the same way and also have a 20 month old...........call someone, go to a neighbor..do something!
     
  17. impatientredhead

    impatientredhead New Member

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    DCF was involved two months ago according to the article.

    The Department of Children and Families said it began investigating the family two months before the baby's death after the father allowed their 2-year-old son wander out of their apartment. DCF said the boy is staying with relatives.
     
  18. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    Almost every time you hear of something like this happening, you read "Child Protective Services" had "investigated" before.

    COME ON!!! What is the deal?

    I have heard so many times how the are over worked and under paid. Things just happen to slip thru. IMO - enough is enough. The system is broken. Case workers are not qualified in most cases. Or they are simply jaded.

    Do the children of this world not deserve more????

    I am so sick of millions of dollars thrown all over this country for this or that and the every body knows we need a major overhaul for our children's sake, yet nothing is done.

    Government should worry more about this sick system we call child protection services and less about big businesses and oil prices.

    IMO

    I'm fed up!!!
     
  19. believe09

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    It was drugs-my guess is meth or crack...this is what seems to be stripping away people's control so they do something so senseless and vicious to someone so innocent.
     
  20. anneoakley63

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    One month ago my 11 month old granddaughter came home from her dad's with 11 DEEP bite marks, a bruise on her left cheek, a black eye and a place on the back of her head. I took my daughter to the PD and a report was filed and sent to DCS. Almost 2 weeks later DCS interviewed my daughter. The "dad" is currently in jail (not related to this incident) on a probation violation (he went to jail the day after it happened), but will be out in 10 days. At that time, he gets to see his daughter again. We have been fighting this from the day it happened. Not only has DCS let us down, but the judge has as well. The system is extremely screwed up. My fear is that she'll be hurt worse next time.......and our hands are legally tied. What is it going to take for us to get the system to work at protecting the ones who can't protect themselves?
     
  21. foryourwine

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    anneoakley, I'm so sorry for your situation. Is the father on drugs? Did he give any reasons for his behavior? I will keep you and yours in my prayers.
     

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