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Call for investigation into kids' deaths

August 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A special investigation is underway into the murders of three young children, in which reports were made to children's services prior to their deaths.Tylette Davis is the mother of Dae'von Bailey, a 6-year-old boy who was beaten to death in July. The suspect in the death of Dae'von Bailey is his mother's ex-boyfriend, Marcas Fisher. Davis, along with some of the L.A. County Supervisors, are asking for a change.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina says internal investigations are underway, looking into the deaths of three children last month in the L.A. County foster care system. The social workers involved in the kid's cases who died last month, have been removed from their caseloads pending the results of the investigations.

Davis was supposed to address the L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning. However, she chose not to. Outside of the Hall of Administration, Davis was critical of the board and the Department of Children and Family Services.

"They failed to help my son in his time of need. And I feel that if they would've done their jobs, just as well as children's social services, my son would be here today," said Davis.

Supervisor Molina says that while the county can take the blame, she was critical of Davis and other parents saying that they need to take responsibility for their actions when it comes to their children.

"Very frankly, at the end of the day, when you leave a child with someone, you have a responsibility. You have a duty," said Molina. "And so, and this is not the first child. There has been many referrals ... many, many referrals ... and many services that have been provided. And so you know it's one of those issues about she should be careful of where she is pointing the finger."

Along with 6-year-old Bailey, 4-year-old Lars Sanchez was stabbed to death in a murder-suicide on July 18. Last weekend, the body of 2-year-old Jasmine Granados was found after firefighters responded to a call to an Athens area apartment complex. Granados was in the foster care system.

Bailey's mother and Supervisor Molina want answers as to why the children died.

"Believe me there are heads that will roll. There are issues that we're changing," said Molina. "This is a very serious issue. Anytime a child dies on our watch, we pay attention. And we need to restructure the system."

In the Dae'von Bailey case, the suspect, Marcas Fisher, remains at large.

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