Coroner’s pledge on William Tyrrell

The NSW Coroner will hold an inquest into the suspected death of missing three-year-old William Tyrrell, who disappeared from his grandmother’s home on the state’s mid-north coast in September 2014.

An exchange of correspond­ence, seen by The Australian, confirms that “an inquest will proceed in William’s case” after it was referred to Coroner Michael Barnes for consideration in Jan­uary 2015.

Infant’s death on reality TV probed in Bridgeport

Live PD films with the Bridgeport Police Department during an evening shift in Bridgeport, Conn. on Nov. 3, 2016. Photo: Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media / Connecticut

BRIDGEPORT — TV viewers nationwide mourned 13-month-old Michael Citron’s death, broadcast on a reality show featuring local cops and law enforcement from five other cities.

Former prisoner infected girl under state care with hep C before fatal overdose, inquest hears

Maria was found dead in a house in Melbourne's western suburbs in 2013.

A 16-year-old-girl who died of a drug overdose while in Victorian state care had previously been infected with hepatitis C by a recently released prisoner, an inquest has been told.

Key points:

  • The inquest is examining the actions of Maria's carers in the lead up to her death
  • The decision not to call an ambulance when Maria was found drug affected has been scrutinised
  • The case is shining a spotlight on how high-risk children are treated in state care
  • The prisoner was allegedly allowed to send letters sexually grooming Maria Liordos to her residential care unit, and sexually assaulted and used drugs with her after he was released.

Maria was found dead in a house in Melbourne's western suburbs in 2013 in the early hours of the morning, after allegedly using drugs earlier at the residential care unit, which was operated by the Salvation Army's Westcare agency.

Much of the evidence already heard by coroner Audrey Jamieson revolves around actions by Westcare staff on the night of Maria's death, and whether or not an ambulance should have been called given her drug-affected state.

DPP: Claims of cover-up as rape charges against youth worker dropped after girl in care, 14, died

The Director of Public Prosecutions dropped the case after her death despite DNA evidence that found the odds of her attacker being innocent were “100 billion to one”.

A 14-YEAR-OLD “high-needs” girl who was repeatedly raped while in a residential foster care home is at the centre of a political storm after claims the shocking abuse was “conveniently covered up” after she died.

The Director of Public Prosecutions dropped the case after her death despite DNA evidence that found the odds of her attacker being innocent were “100 billion to one”.

Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard last night described the move as “beyond disturbing” and ordered the DPP, headed by Lloyd Babb SC, to “review the evidence” so it can restart proceedings to “ensure justice prevails”.

It can be revealed the “vulnerable” teen, dubbed Girl X, was also raped several times by another staff member. The youth workers were having sex with her during “sleepover shifts”.

Fatal Care: The deaths of Alberta children in government care

Fatal Care, Publication ban lifted

In the last 14 years, 145 children have died in government care, nearly triple the number previously reported by the province. Many, like the child this father mourns at a gravesite west of Edmonton, were just infants.
The Alberta government has dramatically under-reported the number of child welfare deaths over the past decade, undermining public accountability and thwarting efforts at prevention and reform. A six-month Edmonton Journal-Calgary Herald investigation found 145 foster children have died since 1999, nearly triple the 56 deaths revealed in government annual reports over the same period.

"Another two year old toddler killed in care of DoCS NSW"

Another toddler has drowned in foster care after being removed from his mother just three weeks earlier.  Many mainstream news outlets have publicised the death, but there has not been one mention that the child, Braxton, was prematurely taken from his mother, prior to supports being provided as per usual, and placed in the care of more lousy and careless foster carers who only care for the money the child will bring them, and not the child himself.

Time and time again, children die in the so-called "care" of the department, without anybody being held accountable.

Braxton was only two years old and his life was taken by the agency that purports to be there to protect children.  It is time charges are laid for carers who kill children in their care.

Justice for Kyisha Griffiths Cottom

Kyisha Griffiths Cottom was removed from her mother by the NSW Department of Community Services because she was a victim of domestic violence.

Like most cases involving DoCS, the mother was crucified, not offered any assistance or support to be able to leave the situation, and she was turned instantly into a surrogate for the system that pretends to care for children and families.

Caseworkers chose their normal "modus operandi", and just ripped the kids from the parent who loved them, gave them to complete strangers and tried to pretend that they just have a complete new family now, and this stranger who is female, they must refer to now as "mummy".

In the time period that Kyisha was "under the care" of the department, she was moved around more times than fifteen foster homes - not exactly stable now is it.  She was then repeatedly returned to Allambi House Group Home which is where she died of a drug overdose.

How innocent Bailey Contable was betrayed by DOCS


Bailey Constable - Sandra Campbell and her son Chris / Pic: Craig Greenhill

HE carried four-year-old Bailey's coffin, every bit the grieving step-father. But last week in the Supreme Court, Nathan William Forrest, 22, was all smiles - flashing his family a wink and a thumbs-up after Justice Elizabeth Fullerton jailed him for a minimum of just six years for Bailey's manslaughter.

It was a nightmare end to a family's struggle with the Department of Community Services during Bailey's sad, final months.
His mother Jessica Constable wept during the hearing and maternal grandmother Karen Chapman collapsed in her husband Jeff's arms and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

" News Inquest into death of Adelaide care home boy who died after eating dirt and stones"

A CORONIAL inquest is being held into the death of an Adelaide boy, 9, who ate stones and dirt while at a care home.

Deputy State Coroner Anthony Schapel today began hearing evidence int the April 2011 death of Lawrence Betts.

Lawrence was living at a respite facility for children with special needs at the time of his death in April 2011 and was under the guardianship of the Minister for Families and Communities.

He was was born with an intellectual disability, a cleft palate and also suffered from pica - an eating disorder which caused him to eat non-food items that he found around him.

Today, Mr Schapel heard evidence that a post-mortem found stones, soil and a dehydrated rice in his body.

The post mortem found the cause of death was sigmoid volvulus - an intestinal obstruction.

Fatal Care: about the series

In 2009, the Edmonton Journal asked the government of Alberta how many children had died in its care that year. The government couldn’t provide a number, nor could it answer other questions about foster care deaths. It was not new; reporters had been having trouble getting this information for years. So, the Journal put in a request to see all internal government reports related to the deaths of children in care from 1999 to 2009. The government declined, citing privacy issues. But in June 2013, after a four-year legal battle, Alberta’s access to information commission forced the government to release information on each child that had died in its care between 1999 and 2013.