This summer, the parents of two year old Alexandria Hill made what is quite possibly the most heartwrenching decision with which a parent can be faced. They chose to take their daughter off of life support after she had spent several days in a coma caused by a traumatic brain injury.
Her tragic death is all the more devastating because it was not the result of an innocent fall or car accident.
’s injury was caused by the blunt
force trauma of being forcibly hit against a floor by her foster mother. Alexandria
Last November, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services removed
The foster home where
experienced the abuse that ended her life was not her first. During scheduled
visitations, her parents noticed bruises on her body and mold on her personal
belongings. They reported the suspected abuse to DFPS, and new placement was
Texas DFPS hires foster agencies to handle the placement of children, but is still ultimately responsible to check that these agencies are providing appropriate care. The agency employed to cover
’s case, Texas Mentor, “has been cited 15 times in the past two years, including four citations for failing to perform background checks on foster parents”. The DFPS continues to employ this organization to find safe homes for
Joshua Hill told reporters, “We never hurt our daughter. She was never sick, she was never in the hospital and she never had any issues until she went into state care”. While I personally believe in the legalization, or at least the decriminalization, of marijuana, I understand that citizens must obey current laws until such reform takes place. Under the circumstances, it was appropriate for DFPS to remove