It is about the baby whose dad accidentally rolled over her in bed. the DSS who pronounced Haleigh worthy of death are at it again. They sought to have the life support removed and the Judge agrees. It isn't explained what life support is to be removed however as the poor kid is expected to linger on a bit.
WORCESTER— A Worcester Juvenile Court judge yesterday authorized removal of life support from a 2-month-old girl whose father apparently accidentally rolled over her while they were asleep in a bed, a state official said yesterday.
The judge also authorized a “do not resuscitate” order for the child, according to Alison R. Goodwin, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Social Services. Police said the baby was in “very grave condition” in UMass Memorial Medical Center — University Campus.
DSS described Avianna, daughter of David Letourneau and Sarah Elliott of 208 Pilgrim Ave., as being “in an irreversible coma from which officials involved said she will not recover.”
Ms. Goodwin described a series of steps that were taken before the Juvenile Court ruled on Avianna’s case yesterday afternoon. She said that DSS urged removal of life support “based on recommendations made by expert medical professionals and with the support of her parents.”
The department followed a protocol requiring a recommendation from the treating physician, from the ethics committee of that doctor’s hospital, and a second opinion from a physician from a different facility in Worcester and who was not involved in Avianna’s treatment, Ms. Goodwin said.
“The court heard testimony from six expert medical professionals who all concurred with the recommendation to withdraw” sustaining medical support and issue a “do not resuscitate” order, she said. One of the experts is the infant’s guardian ad litem who is both a lawyer and a nurse, Ms. Goodwin said.
It was unclear how long the baby can survive without life support, but Ms. Goodwin said her death is not expected to be immediate.
The case recalls that of Haleigh Poutre, an 11-year-old girl who nearly died from alleged child abuse in 2005 in Westfield. DSS advocated for removing Haleigh from life support after she was diagnosed as being in an “irreversible vegetative state.”...........
When police responded to a frantic 911 call from the mother of an infant who had stopped breathing, they were shocked by what they found at 208 Pilgrim Ave.
Trash was strewn knee-deep in places throughout the second-floor apartment. Food rotted in the warm refrigerator. There was no electricity in the home, but an extension cord snaked down from the third floor — to a fan and a laptop computer.
The tragic tale of baby Avianna has been disseminated exhaustively by the grieving but online-obsessed mother, Sarah Elliott, who has posted detailed updates on her MySpace page and other Web sites since the baby’s father accidentally rolled over on the 2-month-old infant and rendered her brain-dead.
“I CANT STOP CRYING WE HAD A LIL ACCIDENT WHERE DAVE FELL ASLEEP WHILE FEEDIN THE BABY AND I WENT TO CHECK ON HER N COULDNT FIND HER,” Ms. Elliot wrote June 11, the day after the accident. “I FLIPPED AND STARTING SCREAMIN AND THREW DAVE OFF THE BED N THERE SHE WAS LIMP N BLUE N NOT BREATHING SO I PICKED HER UP N CALLED 911.”
The accident occurred during last month’s heat wave, when the baby’s parents were in bed with the infant and their 2-year-old child was sleeping on a pile of clothes next to the bed, while a window fan in the room provided some relief.
Police say that the baby’s father, David Letourneau, exhausted from his factory job, unknowingly rolled over on the baby about 5:40 p.m. But a more detailed account was provided by Ms. Elliott, who was apparently posting on a “motherhood” Web site when her infant was crushed:
“IT ALL STARTED WHEN DAVE CAME HOME FROM WORK. I NEEDED 5 MINUTES 2 MYSELF TO PEE N CHECK ON HERE SO I GAVE THE BOTTLE TO DAVE AND MASON WAS GETTING TIRED SO HE WENT TO LAY DOWN TOO. I CAME ON HERE AND AFTER A FEW MINUTES OF COMPLETE SILENCE I GOT WORRIED AND WENT TO CHECK ON THEM. I GET IN THERE AND SEE DAVE N MASON BUT AVIE IS NO WHERE TO BE FOUND. SO I START SCREAMING AND THROW DAVE ON THE FLOOR THERE SHE IS PALE AND BLUE LIPS. SO I PICKED HER UP AND SHE WASNT BREATHIN, HANDED HER TO DAVE AND CALLED 911.”
Ms. Elliott also described the reaction of police:
“THATS WHEN THE COPS BUSTED IN THE HOUSE SCREAMIN AT US ONE PUSHED ME ON THE FLOOR. TELLING US THE HOUSE WAS UNLIVABLE N THEN THEY GRABBED MASON SAYING HE WAS LATHARGIC AND DEHYDRATED EVEN THO HE HAD ABOTTLE OF WATER EVER HALF HOUR N HE WAS SLEEPIN FOR GOD SAKES. THEN WE SPENT THE NEXT 6 HOURS AT THE STATION BEING QUESTIONED N TREATED LIKE (expletive).”
The day before the accident, another 911 call was made to police. This time, a caller reported that a man later identified as Mr. Letourneau was asleep in a Toyota in a parking lot at CVS on Grafton Street, while two young children screamed and cried in the back seat.
“There was no indication that drugs or alcohol was involved,” said Capt. Edward J. McGinn Jr. Of the parents, he said, “We didn’t find them to be overtly abusive. At minimum, there are misguided priorities here. Why have the computer running instead of the refrigerator? That’s appalling. I don’t want to vilify this woman, but something isn’t quite right. Why let your children live like this?”
The state Department of Social Services has taken custody of the children, and the Worcester Juvenile Court issued a ruling yesterday to discontinue life support for the infant. The child has been in an irreversible coma, according to a DSS spokeswoman.
When contacted by phone last week, Ms. Elliott said her lawyer told her not to speak with the media. But she apparently feels no such restrictions online, where she’s posted extensive updates and responded to those who offer support.
On her MySpace page, she posted a picture of her baby with a halo around her head and floating in clouds. She posted a picture of Mr. Letourneau feeding a bottle to Avianna, who is lying flat on her back in bed. Her posts are replete with graphics such as yellow “smiley faces” crying or wearing frowns. She provides links to newspaper stories and a plaintive song on YouTube called “How Could This Happen to Me?” Her mood, she notes, is “melancholy.”
By most accounts, the parents of this doomed little girl love their children and were perhaps unaware of the potential danger of sleeping with an infant. But the condition of the apartment and the mother’s fixation on the Internet raise troubling questions about their limitations — and whether more could have been done to avert the tragedy.
“There has to be a better safety net out there,” Capt. McGinn said. “How is it that these folks slipped through? They needed help. It seems like the mother may have been seeking help, but you don’t go looking on the Internet.”
“A Worcester Juvenile Court judge yesterday authorized removal of life support from a 2-month-old girl whose father apparently accidentally rolled over her while they were asleep in a bed, a state official said yesterday.”
Still more prayers.