Faith J. Ray (Samantha Foster)
2-year old girl adopted by Joe and Violet Ray was rushed to the hospital where she was found to have bleeding of her brain, multiple bruises on her arms, chest, legs, and thighs, as well as vaginal tearing. Several hours later she died. Her death was declared a homicide. Faith was one of 6 adopted children; two from private adoption agencies, four from DCF, including Faith and her 1-year-old bio brother.
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
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Faith J. Ray
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Seeing the name "Samantha" associated with the name Faith J. Ray surprised me, so I did a little reading and found this response to an article posted on Ocala.com:
I don't know why the name-change surprised me... as many of us adoptees get our names changed. I simply find the identity-change yet another sad part to this very sad story.
Why are we still waiting for justice. Samantha's life was just as important as any other child. why hasnt the accused been punished. In the months following samantha's death there have been many other innocent children killed and as it should be the responsible parties have been punished almost immediately.
Why are we waiting?
It is not fair for Violet Ray to walk the streets every day pretty much as a free woman after what she did. what is so special about her? who does she know. why did she have to be indicted? why wouldnt the state attorneys office allow her to be arrested?
As an adult adoptee it grieves me to see a child abuse in a home or any child for that matter. I just relate more to this story, being adopted at the age of three to an abusive home. I was taken from my foster home and adopted out to my foster mothers, brother and sister-in-law. Not only did my Aunt dislike me, but my adopted parents where verbally abusive to me AND to each other. In a years time they divorced after my adoption was final. At the time of my adoption my mother was on her third marriage and my father his fourth. Thankfully I managed to stay away from my father as he was physical violent towards my mother and I can imagine would have been to me had I remained close to him. After my fathers, death as an only child, I had to battle with my foster mother now my legal Aunt over my fathers estate, even though under Florida law I am his next of kin (he never remarried). The whole ordeal was and still is a mess. I would think after all these years there would be much better investigation into who can and can not adopt. By what I read the foster care system is still horrible and I wonder about the placement of children in adoptive homes as well.
Violet Ray was found guilty
Violet Ray was found guilty May 2012 although it will never bring Samantha back it does help a little to know that the guilty isnt free to do as she pleases. Sentencing still hasnt taken place but we are praying for the max.