GUILTY OK - Serenity Deal, 5, beaten to death, Oklahoma City, 4 June 2011

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Girl placed with Oklahoma City father despite reports of black eyes and bruised body (Daily Oklahoman)

    much more of this horrific story at Daily Oklahoman link above; more on the case at link below

    Family members mourn Oklahoma City beating victim, 5 (Daily Oklahoman)
     
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  3. MorenoI

    MorenoI New Member

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    RIP sweet Serenity. :(
     
  4. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    I think I can now say I will put OK's DHS up against any other similar outfit in America at being the level worst.

    This case was the straw that broke the camel's back.
     
  5. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    Something is very wrong with the system set up to protect our children. I know that social services programs are way underfunded and understaffed and case loads are so overloaded, but where is the common sense in all this? I really don't blame the caseworkers in alot of these cases, I want to put some blame on the families and extended families, but also on the system in place that is supposed to protect these babies. Somehow this needs to be worked out so that the resources and funding is there to take care of these issues. Wish I knew where to start.
     
  7. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    One starts by electing officials with social concerns who will fund fully programs of protection and betterment.
     
  8. sappysoul

    sappysoul Verified Expert

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    ABSOLUTELY!! People support politicians who say they will cut back on funding for state programs because they immediately think of the stereotypical lazy welfare recipient. They get tunnel vision and then are the first to scream at the top of their lungs when these at-risk children end up damaged or dead.
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Oklahoma Department of Human Services workers suspended over death of child (Daily Oklahoman)
    Deaths raise questions about DHS approach
    much more at Oklahoman link above
     
  10. badhorsie

    badhorsie Mouth operational, brain elsewhere...

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    What an unholy mess. That little girl wasn't given a chance :(
     
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    So sad. RIP. Is the whole system broken? Is everyone just passing the buck on these things?
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    DHS Worker Connected To Two Toddler Death Cases Dies
    more at news9.com link above
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Lengthy article; read and be disgusted how the powers that be ignored advice and made another fatal OK DHS error. A child welfare worker (see post above) killed himself after this child's death; he was one who recommended Serenity NOT be placed with the father, in whose care she later allegedly sustained fatal injuries:

    Caseworker, foster mom warned DHS before Oklahoma girl's death

    much, much more at Sunday Oklahoman link above
     
  14. mysterygirl

    mysterygirl A Nancy Drew Wannabe

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    Wait.........if Donald Wheeler urged that she NOT go to the father then why was he suspended?
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    DA decries DHS report in Serenity Deal's death
    More at Daily Oklahoman link above.
     
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    BeanE Inactive

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    Rest in peace, Serenity Anne Deal.

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  17. Linda7NJ

    Linda7NJ New Member

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    This is what happens when an agency is given so much power and zero oversight.

    Confidentiality isn't to protect the child, it's used as a means for DHS to cover their own butts.
     
  18. gitana1

    gitana1 Verified Attorney

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    Ditto.

    Ditto.

    But to be fair, it appears that Serenity's murder was not due to an overtaxed DHS. Two counties and four workers were on her case. It had more to do with a couple of power hungry social workers who, for whatever reason, decided to override the very valid and serious concerns of two other workers and the child's foster mother, because they were charmed by Brooks and thought there was bias against him.

    This isn't about bias, Mr. Lack and Ms. Shawn. It's about the welfare of a tiny child, who you were supposed to protect and who you failed miserably, even going so far as to lie to prosecutors and the court to hide what you were doing to this baby. What you did was evil and you are almost as bad as Sean Brooks. I do not get this at all.
     
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    pinkfly Active Member

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    I am glad this case got some public exposure but I wish it was more.
     
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    Someone in the DHS who did this should also face charges big time!
     

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