This letter was submitted to the local TV - No Response. But, last night on the news there was a story of dogs being abused.
Any information on what we can do would be greatly appreciated.
Mr. Foulk and assistances better look a little bit deeper into OCY. Just one month ago my sister, who has twelve children was caught, by the Erie City Police living in an unfit home for rats! It was condemned, finally. OCY was called by several witnesses and neighbors, for abuse, but never acted. One child, the age of 11 months has been seen by three doctors, one at the Pittsburgh Children's Hospital and after several tests has been diagnosed as - malnourished, failure to thrive, the body and weight of a three month old (weight 11lbs 6 oz.) his weight should be at least 22 pounds at this age, the doctor said; One more week of this abuse and the child would probably be dead. He does not crawl because the size of his belly (kwashiorkor malnutrition), does not have any teeth, never has been seen by a doctor since leaving the hospital when he was born, no immunization, adult head lice, doesn't reach for toys or cannot hold his bottle and on and on. My sister Laura has taken him, into her home and it was her hometown doctor that got on Erie Co. OCY to check into the other children.
Yet, this mother still has her other children who have major problems. I have been in contact with several caseworkers at OCY, only to be given the run-around. They have done nothing to change this arrangement. Those other kids need to be taken away and seen by doctors and psychologists. The ages of the other children are 15 to 2. The older ones have been in trouble with the law and school yet OCY does not see a no problem. Laura has yet to be contacted by Erie Co. OCY as to how the baby is doing.
Another point is my sister was getting ample food stamps, WIC, food from pantries, and so why are these kids neglected? She nor her boyfriend work.
The living arrangement now is at my brothers in Edinboro who has a two bedroom home. She has all 10 children with her and she say's she has done nothing wrong. Obviously OCY thinks this is OK???
This is just a few items of this particular case. Believe me it goes much much deeper.
In a news article it states that kinship issues also need to be revamped because availabe relatives are unable to make their desires known for wanting to take care of the child/children in question.
OCY never asked any of us if we would be willing to take our neice, Olivia whom is child 12. OCY took it upon themselves to place her in a foster home with strangers.
Also, stated in the report is nine new steps have already been taken to address the issues. Could someone tell me where they are???
Who stands up for these children? My sister, Laura and I are trying but there doesn't seem to be anyone that cares. We feel as though we are beating our heads against a brick wall.
There is going to be another hearing (first one was a joke) on the 27th of this month.
Only Lisa and Dan (the abusers) were aloud into the meeting, with an attorney present. Laura and her husband, Jeremy were asked to travel three hours, for witness purposes only to sit in a waiting room for two hours and never spoken to until the meeting was over.
Someone needs to break this story and get these children some help and away from abusive parents until they get some sort of help.
Are you willing? I have all the documents from the doctors and police to back up my facts, and then some.
Laura and I are willing to do anything for these children.