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When Children Come Forward Don't Let Them Go
« on: September 18, 2010, 12:57:35 PM »
When children come forward, don't let them go. By that I mean, don't forget them. Don't stopping asking questions. Don't turn your back and assume all is well. It takes a child a lot to come forward. When they finally do, it is usually worse than you think. And, know, they may not have the right words. What they do tell you, likely is a small portion. Look into their eyes. Look into their hearts. Keep an eye on them. They don't have a voice. Nor do they have the ability to think and act on all their options. That's why when they do, don't let them go back where they ran from....

This breaks my heart. He got at least three chances. That is more than most.  And, who knows what we don't know.  First hint...grandmother had him before he was back to his mother. Second, children don't just run away from home without a reason. Third, ...he said he didn't have anywhere to go....he is only 6.  So, bless his little heart. He just may have saved his sister's life, as well.

And to authorities, please review your procedures. It is worth it.

...listen to children when they finally talk

Boy 'suffered for a long... time'
-- Allegedly beaten repeatedly at home -- Injured child sought out help from neighbours
By: Gabrielle Giroday and Mike McIntyre
Posted: 17/09/2010 1:00 AM

The little boy showed up on a neighbour's doorstep with a broken arm and a cut on his chin -- the latest injuries in what police allege were months of repeated beatings by those in charge of caring for him.

Now, the boy's 24-year-old mother and 32-year-old stepfather face numerous charges after the six-year-old boy sought help from a neighbour on Sept. 8.

Outside investigator to examine case of beaten boy: province

Child abuse investigators believe the boy previously received beatings with broom and mop handles, and shoes as far back as December 2009.

Insp. Bill Fogg of the Winnipeg Police Service said the boy ran away from his south Winnipeg home three times in August to seek help from neighbours, but was returned each time to his mother and her common-law husband.

The boy allegedly received no medical help for his earlier injuries, according to sources. Those are believed to include fractures to his ribs, both arms, a foot and the skull.

"Child abuse is a horrific event at the best of times, but this is a really severe case," said Fogg. "Clearly, this poor little guy has suffered for a long period of time."

The Free Press cannot name the child nor his parents because of the boy's involvement with Child and Family Services.
The woman's common-law husband is not the boy's biological father.

A justice source said the alleged abuse began after CFS took him from his grandmother and sent him to live with his mother in December 2009. He was not regularly attending school, said the source.

Last month, the boy showed up at three different neighbours' homes telling them he was lost or had nowhere to go, Fogg said. Each time, police and CFS were alerted and facial bruising on the boy was noted.

Police said authorities got an explanation for the bruising and the boy was returned home.

Eventually, on Sept. 8, the boy showed up again at another neighbour's house with an obviously broken arm and neighbours called for help again, police say. The boy went to hospital for treatment, and police interviewed him about what he'd allegedly suffered.

He told officers he'd been threatened if he told anybody about the abuse, said Fogg.

A video statement investigators took from the boy was "heart-breaking," said a justice source, who said it's one of the most severe abuse cases the source has encountered.

Fogg commended neighbours for coming forward to alert authorities and said it's adults' responsibility to recognize and report signs of child abuse.

"(The) police thank those neighbours who came forward about this little boy. Without their willingness to get involved, the abuse could have continued and the results could have been much worse," said Fogg.

"It causes you to wonder how many other children there are out there who might just not have come to the attention of the system that need this kind of assistance."

CFS has since removed the boy from the couple's care, as well as his 18-month-old half-sister, who did not have any physical injuries. The girl is the daughter of the woman and her common-law husband.

The 24-year-old woman is facing a charge of assault causing bodily harm in connection with the incident on Sept. 8. She was also charged with two counts of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and assault for earlier incidents between December 2009 and Sept. 8, 2010.

Her common-law husband is charged with aggravated assault, uttering threats, assault with a weapon, assault and a probation breach for the same period.

Each also faces a charge of failing to provide the necessities of life for allegedly not getting the boy medical help. Police said the boy appeared to have been appropriately fed and bathed.

The couple was arrested this week.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 17, 2010 A4
« Last Edit: September 18, 2010, 12:59:10 PM by Concerned »


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Re: When Children Come Forward Don't Let Them Go
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2010, 01:36:33 PM »
OMG! That is so heart wrenching. Yes how many more are afraid to tell? I'd like to see them both in the slammer for a very long time and no children returned to their care, however social services claim that the best place for kids is bio-parents. There's many that have been returned when parents showed interest for counselling, only to get treated worse. I'd actually go farther and demand sterilization.


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Re: When Children Come Forward Don't Let Them Go
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2010, 01:37:59 PM »
I can't begin to believe the fear, pain and suffering this dear little soul has endured.  The neighbours did the right thing and called police and again and again this little child was returned home.

And the family has history with the CAS!!  What is wrong here!!!
 Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG - Winnipeg police accuse a woman and her boyfriend of repeatedly hitting her six-year-old son with broom handles and other objects that left him with broken arms, ribs and a possible fractured skull.
The case, which involved what police call a "horrific" series of assaults, has raised more questions about Manitoba Child and Family Services. The boy went to neighbours and talked to officers and child welfare workers four times this summer before finally being removed from the home.The family has a history with Child and Family Services. The child appears to have been the subject of a care arrangement between the mother and a relative in Ontario, and a child welfare agency in that province was involved, said Manitoba Family Services Minister Gord Mackintosh.

Mackintosh promised a thorough review by an outside agency.

"It is now really important to determine if the duty owed by professionals to the child ... was carried out diligently, was there adherence to standards, and even if there was adherence to standards, were the standards strong enough," Mackintosh said.

The mother, 23, has been charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and failing to provide the necessities of life.

The mother's boyfriend, 32, has been charged with aggravated assault, uttering threats, breach of probation and failing to provide the necessities of life.

Manitoba's child welfare system has already come under fire in the deaths of children who fell through its cracks.

Gage Guimond, 2, died after being removed from a stable foster home and given to his great-aunt, Shirley Guimond, despite the fact she had a criminal record. The boy was beaten and died after falling down stairs in 2007.

Phoenix Sinclair, 5, was beaten to death in 2005 after being given back to her mother, Samantha Kematch. Sinclair's death went unnoticed for months, and Kematch and her boyfriend, Karl McKay, were later convicted of first-degree murder.


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Re: When Children Come Forward Don't Let Them Go
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2010, 10:27:02 PM »
The Winnipeg Police Service's child abuse unit then launched an in-depth investigation. As well, "an extensive medical examination of the boy revealed a history of horrific physical injuries indicative of repeated assaults, which had gone untreated and unreported," police said.

The boy's 23-year-old mother has been charged with assault with a weapon, aggravated assault, uttering threats, and failing to provide the necessities of life.

Her 32-year-old boyfriend has been charged with aggravated assault, uttering threats, breaching probation, and failing to provide the necessities of life.

Both are being held in custody at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.

The boy is out of hospital and in the care of Child and Family Services.