The DHS today released its heavily edited version of its preliminary investigation into the tragic death of Janette Maples. The agency brass has admitted to missing the threat of harm to a 13 year old girl. The problems started at least three years before her death. The calls to the child abuse hot line were largely disregarded, in part because this precious child was considered old enough to fend for herself. This despite the fact that she had prior issues of being abused in California AND the agency knew she was being home-schooled and lacked the usual contacts with teachers and school peers.

There are too many holes in the lifeboat for these at-risk children.

This reportĀ  leaves little doubt that we will need to seek all the assistance we can get from outside resources. The state has acknowledged this now. But didn’t they know much sooner? Let us all pay more attention to our surrounding community and act to preserve child safety and health. Here is a link to the report. The state blacked out sensitive information relating in part to the ongoing criminal cases against the alleged perpetrators.

http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/abuse/publications/children/cirt-jm-initial-report.pdf