The story of four children who recently died whilst in foster care
- Category: Child abuse industry deaths in Australia
- Created: Saturday, 12 June 2010 14:52
- Written by Lukes Dad
Here is the story of the four children, one my own, and the three others belonging to other parents that I have met in the last year since my son died.
Like the others in our sad little group, I do not like to talk about what happened to my beautiful son, Luke Borusiewicz. I will say one thing, when I look at the photos of our last visit together, I can see the love for me in his eyes, on his poor little scratched face. Two days later a scratch on his penis that needed him to be taken to the doctor it was so severe. They ignored pleas from myself and Lukes mother. These people answer to noone.
I have the parents of these deceased children's permission to discuss it though, and to cast it into the public light. None of us want our children to be forgotten, and we all want justice. I know it is inevitable that I will meet more parents whose children have died in foster care due to this departments blatant negligence. If you know of anyone, please send them to me, it is time that we all came together, and expose what has, is and will be happening....
This department believes that 100% of it's workers are right, 100% of the time. Nobody is perfect, we all know that. I tried and tried and tried to get my son back. Ask any one of the thousand who have been wronged by these child safety departments Australia wide, to these workers, many of the senior ones especially, this is some sick sort of game, where their prejudices and narrow mindedness is at the forefront, they are right no matter what, and if there is a personality clash, watch out, your child is going to pay for it.
My son was born on september 22 2006. He died on the 18th of January, 2009. He was two years and four months. It breaks my heart to talk about it, to think about it, I dream almost everyday about it, waking up crying, how I miss my son so much....After every visit I would watch them drive away with Luke and pretend all was as it should be, then drop to the ground and cry in front of the playground. Two hours a week for the last six months of his life was all I got to spend with the son I loved, adored, treasured, worshipped...and then he was sent back to foster care, a little baby being moved from strangers house to strangers house, not having a clue what was happening, terrifying to him, and to the father that loved him so much.
Because it pains me so to talk about it, I would ask that if you would like to know more about his story in particular, please visit the site I have built for him at http://lukesarmy.com/
If you would like to show your support, there is little you can do apart from joining Luke's Army at that site, and also becoming a member of Luke's Army Group on Facebook.
The coroners report is going to take around three years I have been told. This should shed some more light onto what actually happened to Luke, how he was injured so severely, and why he had constant injuries, and why the department failed to act on this information, as well as the complaints from both Luke's Parents.
I will now begin to tell the story of how the next child, a ten month old baby girl died due to the negligence of The Department of Child Safety in South Australia.
The mother of this baby was in foster care when she was a child, with a good family and therefore thought it prudent to ask the department to place her beloved daughter in foster care for a week, as she was homeless, but her dream home was to be completed in a weeks time, and they would live out their dream together as a family, she also had two older sons.
The department assured her that the baby would be placed into a safe environment. This was definitely not the case. The ten month old, beautiful, innocent, helpless.....little girl was put with an old lady, so severly handicapped that this woman was unable to even change nappies for the baby. She could not lift the child, and the child was placed into a cot and left, left to drown on her bottle, covered in truly severe nappy rash, from not having her nappies changed.
The day after that little girl died, the old lady had carpul tunnel surgery. She was severyly handicapped, and the department knew of it. This matter has been through the courts in SA, and the mother is forbidden to talk of it. This is how they keep this epidemic quiet, as well as media laws working in the favour of these child safety departments Australia wide. It all gets swept under the carpet....Until now.
Since I started Luke's Army, which was to be just me, there are thousands who have rallied behind me giving me support and strength. There is not a week goes by when I am not contacted by a devistated parent, feeling powerless and mistreated by these departments. There are also numerous groups that have formed all with the one goal of exosing this corrupt and unjust system, and fighting to have the children they love returned.
This brings me to the next child. We have a ten month old, my two year old, and this child was three years old, one of a pair, twins, taken by DoCS NSW. The mother fought tirelessly to have her children returned, and won.
DoCS appealed this decision, and the twins remained in foster care. There is a serious shortage of foster carers but this makes no difference to the child safety departments. They also stand by their claims that removing a child from their parents does not harm a child at all. This makes it all the more frustrating for the loving parents who know and also feel the pain of being torn from a loving family.
Tragically, one of the twins died a month after the appeal. The story gets worse.
The baby was so sick, she had pnemonia. The child was not even taken to the doctors. Worse still, the baby was not even in the care of the foster carer when she left to die. Instead of taking this critically ill child to the doctor, these foster carers put them with a baby sitter and went out. The child was left unchecked and died of pnemonia whilst laying in the cot at the baby sitters. This is a child that was everything the parents lived for, as was my son, and the next child I will bring to light.
Whilst my son died due to the negligence of the department of child safety in Qld, The ten month old girl died due to the negligence of child safety SA, the three year old twin was in NSW and so is the next child.
This child was sixteen, and in foster care. This was not due to bad parenting, but by choice. This sixteen year old boy chose to stay with this foster carer.
This is the site that the boy Nathan's mother has built for him.
Here is Nathan's mothers version of what has happened, taken from this site.
May this be shared with the AUSTRALIAN people and with people all over the WORLD. I am hoping in the face of humanity people will open their hearts and it be PETITION with me to no longer allow Nathan to be silenced. I hope his voice will finally be heard and the FIGHT for his JUSTICE OCCUR. We all need to make this life a safer place, for the best part of who we are, our children. My beautiful baby boy was taken from me avoidably too soon and if the tragic loss of his life can save another in a similar position, his death will not be completely in vain. The truth needs to be heard.
Nathan was only 16 years old when his life was cut short by a stab wound to the heart. He was in the care of Graham McLeish, now known as Mark McLennan.
THIS MAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR NATHANS DEATH AND CHARGES NEED TO BE LAYED.
These are the findings of the Coronial Inquest into Nathans death. Case No: 1134/05
‘222. It is from this point on that the evidence Mr. McLeish’s contribution to Nathan’s death becomes more overwhelming. The evidence is that Mr. McLeish sought medical assistance for Nathan in the immediate wake of the injury. However, the evidence also is his failure to tell the true history of Nathan’s injury to the hospital misled the medical investigations. The evidence is that the accurate history of would have caused a different medical response and may well have resulted in the true extent of Nathan’s injury being discovered on his first presentation.’
?. The evidence is that Nathan’s prospects of survival from that injury with appropriate diagnosis and timely treatment were not in question. Mr. McLeish, despite his own views about what the hospital needed to know was told by his own friend whose counsel he sought early that morning that he should tell the truth. Throughout the day he made several calls seeking medical advice. It was all the same advice. Advice that he should return Nathan to the hospital and have him re assessed. Advice he did not take at any point up until it was too late. Even after Nathan lapsed into unconsciousness Mr. McLeish did not tell the truth to the treating paramedics or doctors’
‘225. I conclude from the weight of the evidence that had Nathan been returned to the hospital earlier in the day, even in the wake of the call McLeish made at about 2pm and then given a truth of the mechanism of Nathan’s injury Nathan’s prospects of a correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment and therefore survival would have been reasonable.
?. …In my view Graham McLeish’s failure to give a true account to the hospital of Nathan’s mechanism of injury, compounded by his failure to return Nathan to the hospital in circumstances where his condition remained unimproved and he was sufficiently worried to be calling for advice and receiving advice to return Nathan to the hospital contributed to Nathan’s death’ .
WHY HAS THIS MAN, 4 YEARS AFTER NATHAN DIED, STILL NOT BEEN HELD ACCOUNTABLE IN A COURT OF LAW FOR THE DEATH OF MY SON?
BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND NATHAN'S FINAL DAYS
Grahame McLeish, who was nominated as being adequate by the department of HUMAN SERVICES DANDENONG, had taken Nathan to hospital on the 31st of March, 2005 with a wound to his chest and wounds to his wrist SAYING that Nathan had been running while wearing socks to turn up his stereo and had slipped and fallen into a Louvre window which broke and that is how Nathan sustained his injuries. THAT was proven in the Coronial Inquest TO BE A LIE.
Nathan was driven to the hospital by Graham McLeish who did not call an ambulance.
Nathan was taken in via wheelchair, described as being pale, very distressed, gagging and vomiting violently and wretched.
McLeish told medical staff he was Nathan’s stepfather. THAT IS A LIE.
Nathan was put onto oxygen and treated for a NON-PENETRATING chest wound (falling glass) as the incident history McLeish supplied had implied this was the case. IT WAS NOT
Nathan’s injury had been in fact caused by an 8cm KNIFE.
Nathan needed treatment for a PENETRATING chest would as the knife had actually been plunged into him 6cm deep and wounding his heart.
Nathan did not communicate with medical staff as McLeish insisted on doing all the talking. He only answered monosyllabically to where the pain was in his chest. The medical staff reported to the Coronial Inquest that they found it odd McLeish did not leave Nathan’s side AT ALL.
Nathan’s chest was sutured and was released back into McLeish’s care after he was regarded as stable. He was still unwell, vomiting some bilious fluid as he left and dozing due to the morphine that he was given a few times in relation to his pain. He did not appear to be a child ready to go home.
Nathan was in fact DYING from internal bleeding.
The knife, not glass as reported by McLeish, had sliced 6mm through his heart. The skin, cartilage and muscle tissue in the chest area is described as tough like leather. To penetrate this area of the body requires tremendous and deliberate force.
Nathan returned home with McLeish at 8.45 am. McLeish called the hospital later that day at 2pm as Nathan was still vomiting. He was told to bring Nathan back. HE DID NOT.
At 6.30pm Nathan was still very ill and McLeish called a locum service for a doctor to see Nathan. He was told it was a 3-4 hour wait and was advised by the nurse who took the call, to take Nathan back to the hospital. HE DID NOT
At 10.00pm again McLeish called the hospital reporting Nathan was very ill. The nurse who took the call reported hearing noises and McLeish said Nathan had fallen out of bed. The nurse advised him to bring him back to hospital. HE DID NOT.
At 10.25pm finally McLeish called and ambulance as Nathan’s heart had stopped. Paramedics were able to restore circulation however Nathan had lost a considerable amount of blood and been without oxygen for a prolonged period of time. Nathan’s neurological state was very poor and his pupils were unresponsive to light.
Nathan was pronounced dead by two doctors and life support was withdrawn at 6.05 pm on the 3rd of April, 2005.
If the injury was known by doctors was to be caused by a knife different investigations and treatments would have been CONDUCTED by the hospital. Nathan would have had the URGENT MEDICAL ATTENTION he required. He WOULD have made a full recovery. HE WOULD still be here today.
MCLEISH WAS FULLY AWARE OF THE NATURE OF HIS INJURY AND THE FACT IT WAS A KNIFE.
NATHAN BECAME CRITICALLY ILL OVER A 10 HOUR PERIOD AND LAY DYING WHILE MCLEISH KEPT LYING.
WHY?? WHAT DID HE HAVE TO HIDE?
EVIDENCE OF MCLEISH’S CONTRIBUTION AND GROSS MISCONDUCT & CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE.
1. Here was a man fully aware of the nature of Nathans injury and refused to take him to hospital 3 times when advised to. McLeish has been fraudulent in the past and portrayed himself as a solicitor involved in criminal and family law for many, many years. He was in fact a law clerk. He lied about Nathan’s injury; he lied about being Nathan’s father. What else is he lying about?
2.THERE WAS A DOCTORS SURGERY DIRECTLY ACROSS THE ROAD THAT WAS OPEN THAT EVENING ,TO JUST AFTER 5PM,where he had been himself before and could have gone and sought urgent medical attention ,either by taking Nathan there or requesting a doctor come see Nathan as he lay in bed incapacitated and critically ill.
3.HE HAD MADE A PHONE CALL TO THE HOSPITAL AT 2PM CONCERNED ABOUT NATHANS VOMITING ALL DAY AND WAS ASKED IF HE WAS CONCERNED TO BRING HIM BACK AND HIS VOMITING WAS UNLIKELY DUE TO MORPHINE BECAUSE OF THE TIME THAT HAD LAPSED AND SAID HE WAS HIS.. FATHER...
4. THE HOSPITAL WAS A 7 MINIUTE DRIVE OR LESS.
5.NATHAN WAS SO CRITICALLY ILL, THAT MCLEISH ORDED HIMSELF A PIZZA AND DECIDED TO EAT IT DOWN STAIRS AS NATHAN WAS SO ILL AND VOMITING & DRY WREACHING,WAS DESRCIBED AS SWEATY AND PALE,WOULD HAVE, I IMAGINE BEEN FAR MORE DISTRESSED THAN HE WAS IN HOSPITAL ON HIS FIRST ADMISSION AS HE WAS GETTING WORSE NOT BETTER AND DYING.
6. MCLEISH BURNT NATHAN’S T/SHIRT, HIS DIARY ……HIS EXPLANATION WAS THAT THE T/SHIRT WAS BLOODIED AND YET DIDN’T BURN NATHANS BLOODIED PANTS OR SOCKS??
7. WHEN NATHAN PRESENTED THE FIRST TIME TO THE HOSPITAL THE WOUND WAS GAPING BUT DRY AND HIS WRIST WOUNDS WERE ALSO CLEAN AND DRY AND HE WAS WEARING A CLEAN T/SHIRT WITH NO BLOOD ON IT……
8. EVIDENCE BY A PROFESSIONAL SAID HE WAS SURPRISED AT NATHANS CHEST WOUND BEING DRY & WOULD HAVE EXPECTED IT TO HAVE BEEN ACTIVELY BLEEDING FOR 45 MINIUTES OR MORE, which allows you to see that Nathan wasn’t taken straight away to hospital and was instead cleaned of blood loss evidence. Bare in mind he was described as being wretched and violently vomiting and been brought in via a wheel chair. How much had he suffered before finally getting medical attention?
9. WHY DID MCLEISH BREAK THE WINDOW TO CORROBORATE HIS STORY TO THE POLICE!!!!
PROSECUTIONATHAN AND I NEED YOU, YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR FAMILIES HELP TO HAVE ALL THESE QUESTIONS ANSWERED OF GRAHAM MCLEISH IN A COURT OF LAW. THE CORONIAL INQUEST’S RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE NOT YET BEEN PASSED ONTO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC NS. WHY NOT? WE NEED 18,000 SIGNATURES ON OUR PETITION THAT WILL BE SENT TO PARLIMENT, THE DPP AND THE PREMIER’S OFFICE IN VICTORIA. PLEASE JOIN US IN SENDING A MESSAGE TO OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM THAT DESPITE THE MONETARY COST OF A TRIAL, ONE LIFE, NATHAN’S LIFE AND NATHAN’S JUSTICE IS PRICELESS.
PLEASE CLICK ON THE PETITION LINK AND SIGN YOUR NAME.
My family and I sincerely thank you for taking the time.
Michelle and Nathan Stewart.