TAJUANA DAVIDSON'S NEW PARENTS HAD A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE TOWARD CHILDREN. FIVE MONTHS AFTER THE STATE PLACED HER WITH THEM, SHE WAS DEAD.
July 28, 1994
On March 18, 1992, Joquitta Palmer neatly completed a handwritten application to the State of Arizona. "We want a sibling for our son," the 29-year-old woman printed. "We know there are a lot of unwanted children and we want another one to love."
She and her husband, Cleveland, wanted to adopt a healthy, black baby girl. Asked to describe what they "could not accept" in a child, Joquitta Palmer wrote four words: "Mentally disturbed, drug baby."
In June 1993, the state Department of Economic Security approved the Palmers as the potential adoptive parents of TaJuana Davidson. That month, the 3-year-old joined the Palmers and their 9-year-old son, Brandon, at their Casa Grande home.
She was a playful child, full of laughter. But TaJuana also suffered from a variety of maladies. She was hyperactive and a slow learner. Ear infections plagued her, and a bad hip caused her to limp.
Greene County prosecutors, angered by Timothy and Kathleen Carrolls' aggressive attempts to regain custody of their adopted children, reached deep into their legal tomes Tuesday to retaliate.
Citing an obscure Ohio administrative rule, prosecutors say the Cedarville parents went too far when they allowed the media to take pictures of their kids during visits. "They're exploiting the children," said Suzanne Schmidt, the assistant county prosecutor who filed a motion to bar such pictures in the future. "Our rules do not permit (it)."
The Carrolls, whose two handicapped children were placed into foster care following the suspicious deaths of four siblings, vigorously deny the charges.
"The cameras don't bother the children," Mrs. Carroll said. "They jump up and down to get on TV. If it was upsetting to them, we would have stopped it."
Some fundamentalist-run pregnancy centers are no longer satisfied talking women out of abortion. Now they want the babies
The Village Voice
On April 14, 1991, 19-year-old Lea Tyler lay down in the bathroom of her University of California dorm. She thought she was sick. Forty-five minutes later, sitting in a pool of blood, Lea gave birth to a six-weeks-premature baby girl. At that moment Lea felt totally alone. Her pregnancy had been secret. She had been afraid to tell her parents--her traditionalist mother was away in Japan tending to Lea's ailing grandmother; her father was having problems with work. Lea had gone to the university health center, but was told it offered no prenatal care. She had even kept her secret from her classmates, fearful that in this liberal Northern California town she would be pressured to abort. She feared other counseling services, like Planned Parenthood, might tell her the same thing. Lea was determined to keep her baby. She was planning to marry her longtime boyfriend--and only confidant--Matt Darrah, himself a student at UC San Diego. But he was 500 miles away.
Police speculate case is part of larger trafficking ring
Author: Peter Humphrey; REUTERS NEWS AGENCY
BUCHAREST, Romania - A British couple have been charged with attempting to smuggle a 5-month-old baby girl out of the country, and they are unlikely to be freed on bail.
Police spokesman Col. Dan Secrieru said the pair were charged with violating border and adoption laws.
The couple, identified by a British official as Adrian and Bernadette Mooney from Berkshire, England, are being held in cells at Bucharest police headquarters.
Police said last week that in addition to the two Britons, three Romanians were under arrest on suspicion of baby trafficking, and that the net might be cast wider.
"There is a possibility that if they apply for bail it might not be allowed because of the fact that Romanians are also involved in the case and that there might be a network involved," Col. Secrieru said.
The case underlines the fate of tens of thousands of unwanted Romanian infants.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Author: By Patrick E. Gauen Of the Post-Dispatch Staff
Alex Henn toddled up the paths of Grant's Farm on Saturday without paying any particular attention to Hanna Totman, bouncing along right ahead of him. Just a year ago, they were close neighbors.
They were hand-holding close, in fact, comforting each other through the slats of adjacent cribs in a Hungarian orphanage, where their futures - and survival - were in question.
Now they have new parents for comfort, and American homes for security. While their beds today are 1,000 miles apart, Alex and Hanna will always keep in touch, if their adoptive mothers and fathers have their way.
That's why the parents of 19 children gathered in St. Louis this weekend for what their T-shirts proclaimed was a "Gotcha Day Celebration." That's as in, "It's been a year since I got you."
These children, among 28 who started their lives in Romania, are 18 months to 4 years old, so they are not likely to remember much about the weekend here. But they may remember the next reunion or the one after that.
GREENE JUDGE OKS SOME CARROLLS' VISIT WITH ADOPTED SON
July 7, 1994
Dayton Daily News
A judge in the Carroll case ruled Wednesday that the Cedarville family could resume visitations with two of their children currently in foster care - but only if their eldest son is not present.
Visiting Judge Richard T. Cole wants Isaiah Carroll, 11, kept away from his older brother, James. Isaiah, through limited communication, has accused James of hurting Josiah Carroll, 12. Josiah died June 14, 1993, in bed. His death was ruled a homicide. "The fact that (Isaiah) has communicated he has fear is sufficient to limit at this time any contact between Isaiah and James," Cole wrote.
"These rulings are sufficient to protect Isaiah as a material witness."
However, the children's mother, Kathleen Carroll, pointed out that Cole also stated that he doesn't know whether Isaiah's fear of James truly exists; the judge only noted Isaiah indicated that fear.
ISAIAH SAID HE SAW ADOPTIVE BROTHER KILL 12-YEAR-OLD
July 6, 1994
Dayton Daily News
A judge agreed Tuesday to allow Timothy and Kathleen Carroll of Cedarville to interview their 11-year-old adopted son Isaiah, who investigators say told them he saw his brother put a pillow or blanket over the face of a sibling prior to the sibling's death.
Richard Cole, a visiting judge in Greene County Juvenile Court, approved an interview. Five of the Carrolls' 10 adopted, disabled children died in a nine-month period.
Isaiah, who has cerebral palsy and communicates with gestures, is currently in foster care.
Greene County Prosecutor William Schenck is seeking permanent custody of Isaiah and two of the Carrolls' other adopted children, saying Isaiah told investigators he saw his brother, James, smother 12-year-old Josiah Carroll in the boys' bedroom June 14, 1993.
Mary McCarty and Janice Haidet
July 1, 1994
Dayton Daily News
Speech pathologist Mari-Jo Derkin of Toledo asked Isaiah Carroll 75 questions at St. Elizabeth Medical Center on Thursday, ranging from "Do you like to play hide-and-seek with a blanket?" to "Could you get rich if you invested in the stock market?"
But she never asked Isaiah what happened the night of June 14, 1993 - the night his brother, 12-year-old Josiah Carroll, died at the Cedarville home of their adoptive parents, Timothy and Kathleen Carroll. In closing arguments during a contentious eight-hour hearing in Greene County Juvenile Court on Thursday, county Prosecutor William F. Schenck said the omission arose from "fear of what the answer might be."
But attorneys for the Carroll family said the interview's purpose was to establish Isaiah's reliability as a witness, not to determine what caused Josiah's death.
SPEECH THERAPIST TO INTERVIEW BOY, TESTIFY IN START OF CARROLL TRIAL
June 30, 1994
Dayton Daily News
A speech therapist representing the Carroll family will be allowed to interview 11-year-old Isaiah Carroll today to see if he will repeat allegations that he saw his older brother smother another child to death.
That was the ruling of visiting Judge Richard T. Cole on Wednesday in Greene County Juvenile Court, where a lengthy hearing is set to begin today after the therapist interviews Isaiah. The boy cannot speak, but is able to communicate by answering yes and no questions, and by other means.
Mari-Jo Derkin, a Toledo speech therapist who has worked with Isaiah previously, is scheduled to conduct the interview at St. Elizabeth Medical Center this morning.
Then, she will testify in court about her findings.
A day after prosecutors filed documents claiming that 11-year-old Isaiah Carroll watched his older brother kill another sibling, defense lawyers have asked for a private interview with the child.
They're also asking that the Greene County Children Services Board be removed from the case. "The only thing I'm allowed to say is, we're extremely shocked and we can't believe what's going on," said the boys' father, Timothy Carroll.
He and his wife, Kathleen, along with adopted sons James, 18, and Hosea, 10, had been scheduled to visit with Samuel, 6, and Isaiah, on Tuesday.
The visits have been happening regularly since the two boys were placed in foster care in August. The removals happened after four suspicious deaths among the Carrolls' 10 adopted children.
However, Tuesday's visit and future visits are suspended awaiting action of Visiting Judge Richard Cole.
A severely handicapped child who lived in the Cedarville home where four children died in nine months has communicated that he saw his older brother smother another child, Greene County's prosecutor said Monday.
The boy, who cannot speak, indicated what he saw by answering yes and no questions put to him by a teacher and a speech pathologist, Prosecutor William F. Schenck said. Schenck said he doesn't know whether the latest information in the long-running case would lead to new criminal charges against the older brother, 18-year-old James Carroll, who was acquitted last year in the death of another sibling.
According to court records filed in Greene County on Monday, 11-year-old Isaiah Carroll has "told" officials that a year ago today, he watched James smother his 12-year-old handicapped brother, Josiah.
Further, Isaiah communicated that James sexually abused him and that he's afraid of James.
The mother of a 3-year-old boy was charged with criminal homicide Friday, accused of causing the death of her adopted child in April.
Darlene W. Bright, 31, West Valley City, is accused of killing Kameron Bright, a foster child who had been adopted by Bright, after prosecutors from the Salt Lake County attorney's office met with West Valley detectives Thursday to review the case, said detective Welby Scott.In the early morning of April 3, Kameron was admitted to Primary Children's Medical Center after he complained of headaches, court documents stated. Medical reports showed Kameron's skull was fractured in two places and suffered blood deposits between the brain and skull. There was also retinal hemorrhaging in both eyes.
Darlene Bright and her husband first transported Kameron to FHP Hospital and told doctors the boy had a fight with his older brother and fell out of the bunk bed, court documents state.
Kameron was later transported to Primary Children's Medical Center where he died of "blunt force trauma to the head" on April 5. The state medical examiner ruled Kameron's death a homicide. Bail was set at $25,000.
Was Jessica Li McClure a battered child? Or were her 14 broken bones simply the result of a rare disease that made the 10-month-old child as fragile as a porcelain doll?
It's a question that may eventually go to a Dakota County jury.
Last week, the baby's adoptive mother, Julie McClure, 33, of Lakeville, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder in the death of Jessica. The child died on Aug. 17, 1993, of a skull fracture, and doctors also found 14 other broken bones that had occurred in the two months before her death.
The child had suffered a broken collarbone, three broken ribs and fractures of bones in the hand, wrist, leg and upper arm. A doctor at Minneapolis Children's Medical Center issued a report saying the numerous broken bones showed ``a pattern of ongoing child abuse.''
But Julie McClure's lawyer, Mark McDonough, says the 14 broken bones point unfairly to McClure as a child abuser.