Katherine Frances

6-year-old girl in foster care with Joyce Luvern Burks was body slammed to the floor by the 14-year old son of her foster mother, causing her to suffer skull fracture, brain damage, internal bleeding and bruising to her eye, hip and arms. Ms. Burks delayed helping Katherine while washing the blanket on which the girl had been beaten.

Later five-year-old Claire Fowler received Katherine's heart through transplantation.
Date: 2006-12-03
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Foster mother, Non-fostered sibling


Organizations: Mesa Family Services Inc. Mesa Family Services Inc.


DeSoto, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps
DocumentDatesort icon
CPS home removals decrease; critics question accountability2007-08-02
Foster-care contractor chose its own successor 2007-04-05
Desoto Boy To Be Tried As Teen In Girl's Murder2007-02-09
Foster home had red flags 2007-01-31
Police: Foster mom delayed helping girl2007-01-13
15 foster kids taken out of homes2007-01-13
DeSoto teen accused of beating foster child to death, mother charged as well2007-01-13
State Blames Private Agency For Foster Child Death 2007-01-12
State faults foster-care contractor in girl's death2007-01-11
Transplant Mothers Meet For The First Time2006-12-28
One girl's tragedy saves another's life2006-12-26
Mother Files Lawsuit In Foster Care Death Case2006-12-12
Report: Girl Visited Hospital Week Before Death2006-12-08
Bedwetting Might Have Prompted Fatal Attack2006-12-08
Girl Dies In Foster Home, Teenage Boy Accused2006-12-06
Foster brother held in death2006-12-06


Pound Pup Legacy