|Posted by Gail Nash on November 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM|
Submitted by Janet Heywood-Esburnett
Sherill Small, 54, was arrested in August and the Milam County Grand Jury later indicted her for capital murder in the death of Alexandria Hill, 2, who died earlier that month at Scott & White's McLane Children's Hospital after she was taken off life support.
Doctors found that the toddler had “subdural hemorrhaging, subarachnoid hemorrhaging, and retinal hemorrhaging in both eyes,” an arrest warrant affidavit said.
Small, “became frustrated with Alexandria, picked her up, and in a downward motion with a lot of force came down toward the ground with her.”
“She did this twice and on the third time she lost her grip and the victim was thrown to the ground head first,” the affidavit said.
A home study in December of 2012, was conducted to assess whether Small and husband were suitable to be licensed foster parents. Both Sherill Small and Clemon Small admitted to past struggles, the study shows.
Clemon Small admitted that he was a recovering crack-cocaine addict, “and shared struggles with drug addiction, starting in 1980.” He later admitted in the report that, “he and a former wife were both heavy crack-cocaine risers, eventually leading to their divorce.”
Clemon Small was arrested four times since 1988, once on a delivery of marijuana charge in 1988, and three different times for driving with a suspended license in 1999, 2000, and 2001.However, the Texas Department of Family and Protective services stated that the criminal history didn’t disqualify him from becoming a foster parent because his convictions were more than 10 years old.
Sherill Small admitted that she was placed into foster care at the age of 2, the report says.
In the report, Sherill Small admitted that, “her father was a heavy drinker, and when drinking was verbally abusive towards his mother.” Small later said in the report that the most traumatic memory of her childhood “was when one of her foster homes made her sit out in the dark, on the front porch, in the middle of winter in Missouri.”
Still it was later found in the report that, “Mr. and Mrs. Small appear genuine in their motivation for providing foster care in their home.” And they were both approved.
Approximately 28,000 Texas children are under state care and living in settings such as non-relative foster homes, residential treatment facilities or emergency shelters. Of those, only approximately 11,200 are in kinship placements. Who are supposed to be the VERY first priority in placing a child in foster care, Not with strangers!
NH DCYF is GUILTY of this same offence, NH has lost to many children at the hands of Foster Parents, poor investigating by case workers and over all deception on the part of the state agency
Murders in texas Foster care are up 400% 8 children have been killed in foster care in the state so far in 2013.
It needs to come to an end, not just in NH but in our country as a whole.
Janet Heywood- Esburnett