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Connecticut DCF Vows to Investigate After 9 Child Deaths This Year

Most of the deaths involve infants and toddlers who are placed with families involved with DCF.

CT DCF website
CT DCF website

The death of one child is one death too many, especially when it could have been prevented. 

And after the death of nine children already this year that have been placed with families involved with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, the agency is promising to investigate the issue and make improvements to guard against future fatalities, the Associated Press reports. 

The Hartford Courant reports that none of the nine children fatalities this year have been determined to have been as a result of natural causes. 

Most of the deaths have been of infants and toddlers and involved car accidents, asphyxiation, unsafe sleeping conditions, and child abuse, reports CT News Junkine, an online news source covering the State Capitol. In fact two death were at the hands of the child’s caregiver, CT News Junkie reports. 

Adore Daniels, two-months-old, suffered a head injury when her father allegedly threw her into her basinet head first, while Bradly Davis White, five-months-old, died from asphyxiation from sleeping in the same bed with his mother and brother, the Hartford Courant reports. 

However, DCF officials concede while there is an issue, they want to remind you that they serve 70,000 children annually. 

While the numbers are startling for this year, between January 2011 and February 2014, 50 children, who were placed with families involved with Connecticut DCF have died, News Junkie reports. 

DCF officials told the AP this week that it will work with child abuse experts to to improve how its investigators, hospital and doctors can see the signs early on that there are problems in the child’s home. 

RoN MeXiCo June 23, 2014 at 11:42 AM
So DCF actually shares the blame for these deaths. "death of nine children already this year that have been placed with families involved with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families"
Middletown Resident June 23, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Don't assume that all foster parents are doing it "just for the money". I take that very personally as I have been a foster parent for almost 7 years and doing it for these little ones that need a home immediately for safety reasons......I DO NOT do it for the money, I do it because I love to help them in their time of need. Lisa Molner, you are out of line as are you Marie Tyler Wiley!!
Craig Zac July 03, 2014 at 09:03 AM
what do you expect? throwing a baby or kid in with a family who doesn't really want them or has no emotional bond with them?
Craig Zac July 03, 2014 at 09:06 AM
So who, at the DCF do we hold responsible for these deaths? Someone there has to be the person who signs off on these foster parents and ok's them to have kids placed with them... also someone has to be the one who decides what kid goes to whom... these folks should also be charged with homicides after the fact. Prison time might insure that the next people who fulfill these jobs do it with a little more effort!
Middletown Resident July 03, 2014 at 09:46 AM
First of all, this article is misleading. "The death of nine children already this year that have been placed with families involved with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, the agency is promising to investigate the issue and make improvements to guard against future fatalities, the Associated Press reports". Not all of these children were in foster homes, as you read it, take a look at one of the examples talking about the father allegedly throwing his daughter in her bassinet. The baby was not in a foster home, but was living with her mother. DCF was more than likely involved with that family and trying to work with them. I cannot say how the other deaths occurred and where the children were but I suspect they were with their families where DCF is involved. Craig Zac, I don't understand your comment about "throwing a baby of kid in with a family who doesn't really want them or has no emotional bond with them". Are you referring to an infant or child being placed in foster care? If so, I will tell you that we DO WANT THEM and we DO BOND WITH THEM!! I take these kids in when they need someone to take care of them, feed them, cloth them, love them and help them feel safe! I do it out of the kindness of my heart!

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