I try not to get cynical about this, but am anyway.
This evening I heard on my local news in upstate New York that a dad shook his baby, and threw it on a bed. First I heard the baby is not expected to make it through the night, then I heard that they are going to take the baby off life support tonight.....
"We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest."
The fox guards the henhouse, again and again. For those not familiar, this agency, DSS, after enormous blundering in the beginning, failed in an attempt to snuff little Haleigh and ever since has held onto her in jealous ownership like an obsessed lover. Fortunately for the people of Massachusetts, these antics grew too egregious to tolerate when brought to light, and DSS is reined it a bit these days.
Once again, I am grateful to Buffy Spencer of The Republican for keeping the light on this story.
SPRINGFIELD - The state agency that has custody of 14-year-old Haleigh Poutre, the Westfield girl whose case led to a major overhaul of the agency's oversight of child abuse and neglect proceedings, is seeking to keep any of her appearances in court closed to the media.
The request from the Department of Children and Families, formerly called the Department of Social Services, comes in the case of her stepfather, Jason D. Strickland, who was accused with his late wife, Holli A. Strickland, of inflicting the injuries three years ago that left Haleigh with a severe brain injury and the subject of a right-to-die case which drew national attention.
The motion was received by Hampden Superior Court on Friday.
Assistant District Attorney Laurel H. Brandt, the prosecutor in the criminal case against Strickland, said in a court hearing that Haleigh is her principal witness.
Strickland, 32, has pleaded innocent, and is due to face trial on Oct. 30.
The Republican will challenge the state's request, according to Executive Editor Wayne E. Phaneuf.
"This case is of national significance and has already led to changes in the law to protect children who were victimized by the failure of the state agencies to act promptly and properly on their behalf," he said. "At every step of the way, those state agencies have tried to suppress the public knowledge of this case because of their embarrassment. We intend to challenge the request to keep Haleigh Poutre's testimony secret and quash her chance to tell her story."....................