Investigations on the deaths of 186 children in Tennessee

Investigations on the deaths of 186 children in Tennessee

The Department of Children’s Services has investigated the deaths of 186 children last year. The families of nearly all of the children who died were already in the DCS’ spotlight.

Among the 186 deaths, 116 of them had already come to the attention of the DCS. Many of the children who died were very young.

An infant baby drowed in a bath tub last year while her intoxicated mother was in the bath tub with her, sleeping.

A four month old baby died from blunt force trauma, alledged to be at the hands of his own father.

A seven year old boy was killed in a high speed chase. The car was driven by his own father, who had brandished his gun while in pursuit of a vehicle that cut him off.

Some of these cases were already being actively investigated by the DCS at the time of the child’s death. Other times, the DCS had closed the cases prior to the children’s deaths.

Of the number of children who have died, ten of them were in custody of the DCS.

As a result of this investigation, Three DCS caseworkers were terminated, or possibly resigned due to the threat of being fired. They were terminated because of their conduct prior to a child’s death. DCS did not provide information about these caseworkers or their mistakes.

One case of many

April 27th, 2018, just before 7am. Police responded to a 911 call saying that a one year old baby wasn’t breathing. The officers and emergency workers who arrived at the woman’s apartment reported that the whole place was in “disarray”.

“[There were] piles of clothes observed to be scattered, roaches throughout the room and wall, several white pills in the bedroom where the crib was located, lying on the floor.”

Emergency workers did all that they could on the scene to help the baby before transporting him to a hospital. Further attempts to resuscitate the boy failed, and he died in the hospital.

While an autopsy revealed that the cause of death was a chronic viral infection complicated by strep throat, reading further into the case file raises various questions.

Not only did the infants mother test positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine, ecstacy and cocaine, but hair samples of the other three children (ages 1, 2, and 7) show that they all tested for high levels of methamphetamine and cocaine as well.

Just days before the boys death, the DCS opened an investigation on the family. This came after numerous allegations from family friends and others, stating that there was a lack of supervision, and both physical and psychological abuse.

The day before the infant died, a case worker came to the house, saying that “no one would come to the door.”

After the death of the boy, theDCS removed the three other children from the home and placed them with grandparents.

Sara Farrington

A Canadian born writer currently based in the United States, Sara's love for literature has been prevelant since she was just a child. With a passion and drive for living a full life, Sara is currently travelling the world with her boyfriend.

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