MA DCF Cost Bella Bond Her Life

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Bella Bond, aka “Baby Doe”

How many Of Our Children will CPS Murder and/or Rape before we say ENOUGH????

The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families failed to properly investigate child abuse claims in Bella Bond’s case, whose remains were discovered earlier this year, according to a new report released Wednesday by the state Office of the Child Advocate.

The report cited Bella’s mother’s previous history with child services in saying DCF prematurely closed the child’s case in 2013.

The mother, Rachelle Bond, previously had two children taken away from her between 2006 and 2011.  One was placed in the custody of a grandmother and another was adopted by an unrelated family.

Bond also has a lengthy rap sheet of arrests, substance abuse, mental health issues and instability, according to the report.

“The concerns about Ms. Bond’s ability to parent her older children were the same concerns raised in 2012 and 2013 regarding Bella,” the report says.

Bella’s body was found in a bag June 25 on a Deer Island shoreline in the Boston Harbor.  The mystery of the unknown child, who became known as “Baby Doe”, captivated the nation for nearly three months.

A computer-generated image made by police to help garner tips was shared on social media by more than 50 million people.  One of those tips came from Michael Sprinsky, a longtime friend of Bond’s boyfriend, who ultimately helped put a name to the mystery girl.

Bond, 40, is charged as an accessory to murder after the fact.  The boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, is charged with murder and unlawful disposition of human remains.  Prosecutors say McCarthy thought Bella was possessed by a demon and killed her, either by suffocating, or as Bond has claimed, by repeatedly “punching her in the stomach until she stopped breathing.”

In 2012 and 2013, social workers failed to properly gather current information on Bond, mainly copying information from previous assessment reports, including one from 2006, the report found.

The OCA also found that DCF relied heavily on Bond’s own statements.

“DCF missed opportunities to gather pertinent information from professionals providing services to the family, and they did not properly consider the little information they did receive when making their final determination of risk to Bella,” it says.

In a statement, DCF spokeswoman Andrea Grossman welcomed the review.

“Many of the issues raised in the report are already being addressed by the Baker administration’s aggressive systemic reform effort, including the need for clear and consistent policies and increased management oversight,” Grossman said.

The report, which looked at confidential DCF records, called the decision to close the 2012 and 2013 cases premature.

At the time DCF saw Bella happy and well-cared for and professionals working with Bond portrayed similar observations.

“Ms. Bond was trying to be a good mother to Bella, despite her history and current issues,” report states.  “Ms. Bond was functioning marginally well under the supervision of the family shelter and her probation officer.  Both provided her not only the support and resources she need to care for Bella, but were able to hold her accountable for her actions.”

However, Bond was searching for an apartment and after getting one, she broke off all contact with voluntary services, which had provided oversight and eyes on Bella, the report found.

“None of this information was reflected in the 2013 assessment conclusion, which copied information from the 2012 assessment. Therefore the case closing was based on faulty information,” the report states.

The report gives insight on the gaps in Bella’s case but does not blame anyone in particular, saying lack of sufficient management structure contributed to the poor judgment.  The report concluded that reduction in office staff and overflow of cases could have been a factor in some of the oversight of this case.

“The unfortunate loss of this child and other recent child tragedies represent systemic failures and have resulted in a complete and full agency reform which is underway,” said Rhonda Mann, Health and Human Services Spokeswoman in a statement.  “There is no greater priority for this administration than to make sure we are doing everything possible to keep the best interests of children paramount in our work at DCF.”

McCarthy and Bond have both pleaded not guilty in the case.  A probable cause hearing is scheduled for November 19. 

Damascus, OR Man Arrested On Child Abuse, Porn

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Matthew Alan Tallmadge 35, of Damascus

Portland, Oregon  –  Police have arrested a 35-year-old Damascus man on accusations that he sexually abused two teenage girls and created child pornography.

Matthew Alan Tallmadge was arrested at his home after an investigation led by Gresham police.  Detectives believe Tallmadge met with 16 and 17-year-old victims as a drug dealer, according to a news release from the Gresham Police Department.

Tallmadge is accused of supplying juveniles with methamphetamines and other illicit drugs at underage parties in Multnomah County.

Detectives say he stayed in contact with the girls in Multnomah and Clackamas counties — sexually abusing some and supplying drugs.

“As part of the abuse, Tallmadge photographed the victims in sexually explicit displays; creating child pornography,” according to the news release. “The total number of children abused by Tallmadge and whether or not he shared the pornographic images with others is still under investigation.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call 503-618-2719.

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FL DCF Ignores Call, Infant Murdered

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DCF Employee ignored a call for help

TAMPA, FL  –  Our I-Team has discovered a Department of Children and Families employee has been removed from working with the state’s child abuse hotline and the child welfare division.

This comes after officials say the hotline counselor failed to pursue a tip involving a two-month-old baby recently found murdered in Sarasota County.

The child abuse hotline counselor, Alexys Evans, is now an accountant for DCF’s administrative services.

DCF Secretary Mike Carroll admits the agency had “system failures” in this case.

While still in the hospital, one day after two-month-old Chance Walsh was born, DCF received a tip on its child abuse hotline.

The tipster warned the baby could be in danger and stated the mother “may be using opiates.”

The tip was never investigated. DCF tells us Evans thought it was just hearsay.

Eight weeks later, Baby Chance was killed and his parents have been charged with murder and child neglect.

The DCF’s Secretary told a senate committee he recently listened to the hotline conversation and his counselor made a “bad call” when she dismissed it.

“That call met the protocol to be accepted.  We had enough information to identify who the person was,” Carroll said. “It certainly met the allegation matrix and should’ve resulted in a call where somebody went to the hospital to check.”

Carroll says Evans did do a good job prior to this situation.

The internal investigation in this case continues.

B.A.C.A. Outraged Over Joyce Ruling

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Bikers Against Child Abuse

Missouri  –  The organization, Bikers Against Child Abuse is calling the decision to release admitted child rapist Aaron Fisher, a failure of the justice system.

The nationwide organization escorts abused children to court to face their victims, and they even pay for therapy if needed.

ABC 17 News talked to two local members from the Jefferson City area who say Judge Pat Joyce failed the victims, “absolute disbelief that there could be such a failure of this child”, Ratchet said.

For their security, the two men we interviewed go by the names Ratchet and Stache.

“Basically we are a bunch of volunteers who are tired of seeing kids go through this.  We take calls from prosecuting attorneys, victim advocates, even the parent of an abused child can contact our organization, and if that child has to go through court or needs therapy, then we get involved in that child’s life”, Ratchet told ABC 17 News.

This past weekend their organization was devastated to hear the news that a child rapist walking the same streets as his victims, “After someone admits to something this heinous, and they have the testimony that he admitted to it, and then slowly but surely, the process gets skewed.  Somebody starts asking for delays and continuances, we see this all the time with defense attorneys, it’s classic.  They do it for a multitude of reasons.  They hope the child forgets what the guy looks like, or they forget some details of the case.  This one just drug on way to long.  And like I’ve said, now there is a six-year-old child out there that has to live with these memories, and now not only is the child out there but so is his abuser, or her abuser”, Ratchet said.