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Another adoptee dies: What's taking place in Bakersfield?


Today I learned about yet another child who died at the hands of an adoptive parent. Since we started the abuse cases section we found out about 198 children that died because of abuse or neglect while being placed out (70 of which in foster care and 128 adopted).

Last Sunday a boy by the name of Kevin Michael King died in Bakersfield, California at the hands of his adoptive mother from blunt force to the chest and abdomen.

This is the sixth abuse case we have documented in Bakersfield, so I wonder: What's wrong in Bakersfield?

In the nearby city of Los Angeles we have documented two cases while it is ten times larger.

I can't explain this.

Five of the six cases relate to either foster care or adoption from foster care, so I wonder if the local Department of Social Services is actually screening any of the parents they place children with? I wonder if there are licensed private agencies involved that don't do their job? I wonder if there is a disproportionate number of children in foster care in Bakersfield?

I don't know any of the answers, but something seems terribly wrong in Bakersfield

Here are the other cases we have documented:

William, Tim & Charles Krueger

Eduardo Calzada

Children in foster care with Stephan and Melody Erbacher

Carl Deloney

Angelic Clary

by Niels on Friday, 13 March 2009