February 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

 

Dillard warns seniors signing up for Medicaid could be the most expensive health care policy on the market

This week State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) was joined by his Senate Republican colleague Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) in cautioning Illinois citizens 55 and older about the possibility their assets could be claimed by the state if they opt in to the Medicaid program as allowed under the expanded Obamacare income guidelines.

“We need to make it very clear to those who are eligible for Medicaid that there is a possibility the state could go after their assets, including their home, in the event of an accident or illness,” Dillard said. “It isn’t fair that people don’t know that enrolling in Medicaid could actually be the most expensive healthcare policy in the marketplace.”

Dillard worries that some of those who are over age 55 with certain taxable income levels are being told they must enroll in Medicaid and are not being informed of the financial risk of asset seizure if they have a medical claim.  He noted an example of where the state’s new ACA law could affect the family.

“Take a 60-year-old couple who has decided to retire early and they are living on a small pension and their savings. Their taxable income could easily be less than $21,000 annually,” Dillard noted. “Under the new law this couple is banned from purchasing coverage in the exchange; instead Illinois will enroll them in Medicaid. This couple is totally unaware, however, that if they have a medical claim the state could come after their assets.

“It’s unfortunate that this law would not allow the couple to purchase coverage in the exchange, but they should at least be made aware that they have the option to purchase health coverage outside of the exchange as a way to protect their assets until age 65 when they will be eligible for Medicare.”

Syverson explained a federal law passed by Congress in 1993 mandated states in many cases must attempt to recover money from the estates of those who received Medicaid benefits.  The asset recovery law predates the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but the new law did not create an exception for those enrolling in Medicaid as part of the ACA; in fact, Syverson said it makes it worse. Under ACA-Medicaid the state can only use an income test to enroll people. Asset tests are no longer permitted under ACA.

 “Governor Quinn has known or should have known about this issue for over a year but hasn’t addressed it,” said Syverson.  “I worry that in the mad rush to enroll as many as possible into Medicaid, counselors are not telling prospective Medicaid enrollees about the possibility of asset seizure. I also doubt these individuals are being told about private options ‘off exchange’ which for some would actually cost them less in the long run.”

Open enrollment ends on March 31st of this year, and people won’t be able to obtain health care coverage through the exchange until next year’s enrollment period starts.

Dillard and Syverson said Governor Quinn should seek a waiver to extend the open enrollment period until the federal government clarifies its position on asset seizure and adequate time is given to notify those over age 55 who have already been enrolled in Medicaid. In the meantime, the lawmakers are calling on Quinn to require those enrolling individuals in Medicaid to inform enrollees of the possibility of asset seizure following an accident or illness, in addition to explaining what private options are available to them off the exchange.

“Why Governor Quinn waited this long to address such an important aspect of people’s choice in health care is beyond me,” said Dillard.  “This issue however needs to be addressed and clarified now before people get locked into a choice they cannot change until next year’s open enrollment.

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Ended the flu for me just followed suggested proven value of Arm & hammer the mfg.

February 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Baking Soda Uses in Daily Health

Posted by Dr Sircus on November 30, 2009 | Filed under FluMedicineSodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
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Using Bicarbonate Against the Swine Flu

 

Over 150 years ago Dr. Austin Church formed a business to produce and distribute Baking Soda. ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda is derived from a natural occurring mineral called trona. It is 100% pure, safe, and natural. Baking Soda (also known as sodium bicarbonate) is a substance that is found naturally in all living things. Its purpose is to maintain pH balance in the bloodstream, which is necessary to sustain life. Due to its chemical and physical properties, sodium bicarbonate has unique medicinal capabilities that every healthcare practitioner, doctor and patient needs to know about.

The only problem is that Arm & Hammer Baking Soda can replace many more expensive medicines and this does not make the medical industrial complex happy.

Baking Soda Uses

In today’s modern world of medicine the FDA just will not let companies that sell products make medical claims about them unless they have been tested at great expense and approved as a drug. But this was not always the case and as we can see in the information in this chapter, which is from a 1924 booklet,[1] published by the Arm & Hammer Soda Company. On page 12 the company starts off saying, “The proven value of Arm & Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda as a therapeutic agent is further evinced by the following evidence of a prominent physician named Dr. Volney S. Cheney, in a letter to the Church & Dwight Company:

“In 1918 and 1919 while fighting the ‘Flu’ with the U. S. Public Health Service it was brought to my attention that rarely any one who had been thoroughly alkalinized with bicarbonate of soda contracted the disease, and those who did contract it, if alkalinized early, would invariably have mild attacks. I have since that time treated all cases of ‘Cold,’ Influenza and LaGripe by first giving generous doses of Bicarbonate of Soda, and in many, many instances within 36 hours the symptoms would have entirely abated. Further, within my own household, before Woman’s Clubs and Parent-Teachers’ Associations, I have advocated the use of Bicarbonate of Soda as a preventive for “Colds,” with the result that now many reports are coming in stating that those who took “Soda” were not affected, while nearly every one around them had the “Flu.”

Recommended dosages from the Arm and Hammer Company for colds and influenza back in 1925 were:
During the first day take six doses of half teaspoonful of Arm & Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at about two hour intervals.

During the second day take four doses of half teaspoonful of Arm and Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals.

During the third day take two doses of half teaspoonful of Arm and Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter half teaspoonful in glass of cool water each morning until cold is cured.

Well the sodium bicarbonate cure for colds and sore throats. A friend called as I was reading about it, I told her to try it. She is rapt! Relief in a few hours, and she went to work the following day! And she was miserable and could hardly talk,[2]had just woken with it full on, and was planning on missing work.”

In order to secure the best results with Arm & Hammer Pure Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda) when taken internally, certain simple rules must be observed. Materia Medica, pharmacology and Therapeutics (Bastedo, Page 88) clearly outlines these rules to follows:

“The effect of an alkali in the stomach will vary according to the nature of the stomach contents at the time of administration. In the resting period (after food is digested) sodium bicarbonate merely dissolves mucus and is absorbed as bicarbonate into the blood, to increase its alkalinity directly.

“In the digestive period it reduces the secretion of gastric juice, neutralizes a portion of the hydrochloric acid, liberates the carminative carbon dioxide gas, and is absorbed as sodium chloride.

“In cases of fermentation or ‘sour stomach’ it may neutralize the organic acids and so result in the opening of a spasmodically closed pylorus (the opening between the stomach and the small intestine); while at the same time it acts to overcome flatulency (accumulation of gas in the stomach and bowels).

“The time of administration must, therefore, be chosen with a definite purpose. Usually for hyperchlohydria (excess of acid) one hour or two hours after meals will be the period of harmful excess of acid.

“In continuous hyperacidity and in fermentative conditions a dose an hour before meals will tend to prepare the stomach for the next meal; or sometimes a dose will be necessary immediately after eating, because of abnormal acid or base having been present at the commencement of the meal. (For the average person one-half hour after meals is recommended).

“A dose at bedtime tends to check the early morning acidity, or a dose on arising cleans the stomach of acid and mucus before breakfast.”

Whenever taking a bicarbonate solution internally the soda should be dissolved on cold water.

This is all very valuable information coming from the horses own mouth, the Arm and Hammer Baking Soda Company, which sells aluminum free baking soda. Clearly they knew what they had in their hands one hundred years ago; and its long use in medicine sustains the companies published medical views:

“Besides doing good in respiratory affections, bicarbonate of soda is of inestimable value in the treatment of Alimentary Intoxication, Pyelitis (inflammation of the pelvis of the kidney), Hyper-Acidity of Urine, Uric Acid disturbances, Rheumatism and Burns. An occasional three-day course of Bicarbonate of Soda increases the alkalinity of the blood, assists elimination and increases the resisting power of the body to all Infectious Diseases.”

Baking Soda uses extend much further than even Arm and Hammer were aware of and it’s now been used to help with everything from sunburn, ulcer pain, kidney disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Magnesium chloride is the only form of magnesium that has been reported to increase immune system strength though all forms of magnesium need to be counted in this regard. When one adds magnesium chloride to ones baths, puts it on the skin like suntan screen, or takes it orally with sodium bicarbonate one supercharges their defensive perimeter or what is called the anti-pathogen factor in Chinese Medicine. Add Iodine, Selenium, Vitamin C and some healthy sun exposure or Vitamin D and we have the heart of army we need to array against viral invaders. Magnesium Bicarbonate – Ultimate Mitochondrial Cocktail is the name of one of my chapters that explains why both these essential mineral ions need to be present in sufficient concentrations.

Testimonials

My father was a veterinarian and as far back as I can remember (I was born in 1938 so my memory goes back to maybe 1943) he would take sodium bicarbonate dissolved in a full glass of warm water whenever he felt a cold coming on. I don’t remember him ever coming down with a full blown cold. He would treat my cold symptoms likewise and I responded equally as well. He also treated farm animals for various illnesses with sodium bicarbonate via a gastric tube and they recovered quickly. So I’ve known about the benefits of sodium bicarbonate from early childhood on. Glad to see that its benefits are being more widely touted. Although my father was a doctor of Veterinarian medicine, he sometimes referred to himself as an MD (Mule Doctor).

Dr. David B Winter, DO

Dear Dr. Sircus,

Several weeks ago, I purchased your eBook about Sodium Bicarbonate. IT CHANGED MY LIFE. I believe that God is working through you and your staff to spread the word about the body’s natural ability to heal, given the right elements. Thank you!!!

I’ve been reading your newsletter for some time now, and happened to see your eBook about baking soda. We don’t have a lot of money, but I felt that your research might help me. Sure enough I can tell you that within the week following reading your book – and practicing what you preach – I have been practically hive/urticaria free.

I started with straight baking soda and water. Yuck! I could hardly make myself do it. But I was going for the PH balance you talked about. I read more about the different oral combinations and decided to try the Maple Syrup and Baking Soda. 3:1, it worked great and tasted great too. I couldn’t believe I could eat that much sugar!

Right now I’m smiling and feeling great. My mood is good, my energy is way up and most important the swellings and itching are gone. My hair is growing back thicker. My skin looks great. I’m not tired all the time. I can’t believe the difference in my health. Praise God for his goodness in inspiring your work.

I’ve recently added Nascent Iodine after reading some tips of yours. I was indeed deficient and that seems to be adding to the overall good effects. My children are benefiting from this research as well. I’m so happy to find alternatives to mainstream medicine.

Lane Carter,
Delaware, United States

Dear Dr. Sircus,

I have had Morgellons for over 6 years – very nasty – and I know you are aware of our plight. I am now ready to start your transdermal magnesium therapy treatments but first I have to tell you something.

I would like you to know that bicarbonate baths really help me. But, and this is a big BUT, I use it with about 3 Lb’s of sea salt per bath and when I did 5 Lb’s of bicarbonate – I put myself into an alkaline state.  The high salt content somehow opened up my skin to take in the bicarbonate – it came out of my skin for a few weeks!

Thank you,
Carola Dunham

The addition of a cup of baking soda to a hot bath after a long exhausting day alleviates tension and muscle aches. It exfoliates the skin to remove dead dry skin leaving fresh bright youthful skin behind without the high cost of the commercial skin exfoliates. The addition of baking soda to foot baths help with tired, achy feet when working in jobs such as waitressing or other heavy-walking type jobs. Combining the baking soda with magnesium chloride brings dramatic changes to human physiology and the only thing making this formula even better would be the addition of some sodium thiosulfate for a full hot springs therapeutic treatment.

When salt and baking soda are combined in the bath, the combination may reduce the negative effects of minor exposure to the radiation from X-rays.

Sodium bicarbonate, the monosodium salt of carbonic acid, is used as a gastric and systemic antacid and to alkalize urine; also used, in solution, for washing the nose, mouth, and vagina, as a cleansing enema, and as a dressing for minor burns.

Whom is the seller here of abuse the appearance is what is really being abused the system and on our dime.

February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

Patrick Perion is a child abuse investigator in Illinois. In this article he gives his professional opinion on the Woody Allen/Dylan Farrow abuse case. The author notes that this post may be triggering. 

The subject of child abuse and in particular child sexual abuse, is not something that people like to talk about. Most people don’t like to even  think about it. Unfortunately it is real, it is happening right now, and frankly it shouldn’t be ignored.

This weekends open letter from Dylan Farrow to her father Woody Allen, and Hollywood in general, about the sexual abuse she suffered at his hand, set off a firestorm.  It is frank, it is heartfelt and it is powerful. It may also be triggering for some people. If you haven’t read it, I recommend you do so.

Since the post went up yesterday there has been an outpouring of support for Ms. Farrow and condemnation of Woody Allen.  There have also been numerous supporters of Allen asking for more “proof”.  Twitter and Facebook quickly rent down the middle by those survivors and their supporters, for whom Dylan’s accusations ring true, and those who either support Allen or want more evidence than just Farrow’s word.

Filmmaker and author Bob Weide, wrote a piece in the Daily Beast outlining questions, that might exonerate Allen.  The questions Wiede asks seem logical and objective.  They also illustrate how little  the average person knows about the disclosure, investigation and prosecution of child sexual abuse.

As most of you know, I investigate child abuse for a living. I’ve been doing it for 20 years.  I’ve done hundreds of sexual abuse cases with thousands of victims.  I’m a certified forensic interviewer, advanced forensic interviewer and trainer of the forensic interview techniques.  It’s with this knowledge and training that I look at the Allen case.
A Botched Investigation

One of the first questions that people have had about the Allen case usually has something to do with Dylan’s disclosure.  In the original story in Vanity Fair in 1993 and in  the follow up in November, Dylan’s appeared to garbled and contradictory.  She told the first doctor that she spoke to that Allen had touched her shoulder.  The next day she disclosed a more descriptive account.

This often happens with the outcry of abuse.  In the Allen case, Dylan should NEVER have been questioned by a doctor in a hospital room with her mom there. Unfortunately, it was 1993.  Now children are interviewed in safe one-on-one settings, for the most part.  Doctors know that if a parent brings a child in for possible sexual abuse, they are to take the minimum amount of information they need for an exam and let the professionals do the interview.

Weide makes quite a point that the Investigative Team of 3 doctors who conducted a 6-month investigation concluded that no sexual molestation happened. They claimed in part that Dylan was an “emotionally disturbed child whose story became fixed in her head” or that she was coached or both.  They outlined inconsistencies in Dylan’s statement about being touched on the vaginal area.

The idea of a team of 3 doctors interviewing a frightened 7 year old child individually or as a group over 6 months is reprehensible. There’s a reason we do one interview on tape. Asking Dylan to relive and retell the account of her abuse over and over again victimized her even further.

It’s not shocking that she said first she wasn’t touched, then she was, then she wasn’t.  Children who are repeatedly interviewed about the same incident often change an answer to please the person doing the interview.  We see this in custody cases all the time. When the kids at mom’s they say they hate dad, when they’re at dad’s vice versa.

It’s not a giant leap to think that Dylan was confused and scared by these three adult men asking her questions about her private parts for SIX MONTHS.  It’s inconceivable to anyone who practices social work today.  It’s entirely possible that she was “emotionally” disturbed because of the way she was dealt with by people who should have known better.

Many people, including Weide point out that medical examinations were done and there was no evidence of trauma to the anus or the vagina.  This doesn’t rule out molestation.  In fact it doesn’t even rule out penetration. The vagina heals remarkably fast and any doctor who knows how to conduct a sexual abuse exam of a child will tell  you that.
Charming and Sneaky

Weide also seems to think that the fact that some of the abuse happened during the time when Allen had to be on his “best behavior” on visits precludes the possibility that he abused Dylan.  Again a common fallacy among those who don’t know a whit about how abusers work.

Abusers are charming. Especially when they are grooming the child.  Much of what Dylan described like getting under the covers with Allen, or Allen making her suck his thumb are mere precursors to abuse which could have followed.

In fact, the visits at the Farrow home would be the perfect time for Allen to abuse Dylan for the very reason that people think it was the worst possible time.  Nobody would expect Allen to do that while he was under intense scrutiny after his relationship with Soon-Yi Previn became public.

Weide also casts doubt on Allen being able to do it in a house full of children and nannies. Again abusers are good at what they do, and sexual abusers are the best.  Mikki Kendall, AKA @Karnythia, a feminist, mother and author pointed out on Twitter,  that only the sloppy or the stupid sexual abusers get caught.
Prosecution Questions

Prosecution of child sexual abuse is notoriously tricky. It’s no surprise that there was no criminal charge in the Allen case.  The prosecutor at the time, said he had probable cause to believe Dylan.  People wonder why charges weren’t pressed.  A valid question with no easy answer.

The first problem with prosecution is almost every child sex abuse case is the child’s word against the adults.  I mentioned forensic interviewing earlier.  We interview children in this manner to get a statement that is as credible as possible. The video of the interview is also a good tool to use to try to get a confession, and if there are charges filed, its an excellent tool for a judge and jury to see.

Once you get past the hurdle of the child’s credibility, there are structural concerns with the criminal justice system that make things difficult.  Some cases can linger for a year or two until they come to trial. In that time, the victim and the victim’s family may have decided that court may be too overwhelming.  Even in relatively quick cases, the family is hesitant.

Can you imagine the circus if Dylan Farrow had to testify against Woody Allen? Not only would she be dragged by a defense attorney, but Mia Farrow’s life and previous history would also be fair game.  Weide mentioned Mia Farrow’s previous affairs, imagine what an attorney that Woody Allen could afford would have done.

Another common misconception is that if there is no prosecution, there is no guilt. Every state has some form of Child Protective Services.  All of them have a name for reports of child abuse that are FOUNDED. In Illinois, we use the term Indicated. In other states they use Confirmed. The level of evidence in these founded reports is usually “reasonable person” which basically means  that a reasonable person would conclude that abuse or neglect occurred.

A friend on Twitter mentioned that he would like to believe that Allen is innocent until proven guilty.  Unfortunately for the overwhelming majority of these cases there is no court.  There is only the child welfare system and the findings of the professionals. Those cases are never made public due to confidentiality, but they are no less important than cases that go to court.
A Final Thought

Dylan Farrow’s statement this weekend opened up a lot of wounds. So many victims have their victimization dismissed by everyone from family to authorities, its not surprising there were a lot of angry outbursts.  Victims never really get over it no matter that other’s would like them too.

People seem willing to give Woody Allen the benefit of the doubt, and that is certainly their right.  Just keep in mind the raw feelings of a lot of people.  Keep in mind that there are an awful lot of people like Dylan Farrow, living with a horrible past and feeling like nobody believes them.

We’ve come a long way in the way we investigate and prosecute child sexual abuse.  If the Woody Allen case was investigated today, the outcome may have been completely different.  Given what we know, Dylan Farrow may have gotten justice.

This article was originally published at QuadCityPad’s Musings.

Child-abuse, neglect deaths in Illinois remain high in DCFS-involved cases Jan/20/2014

February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

Child-abuse, neglect deaths in Illinois remain high in DCFS-involved cases

January 20, 2014

By: Chris Fusco and Tony Arnold

Lamar Hayslett

Enoch A. Hayslett brought his 1-month-old son to a hospital emergency room in December 2008, saying the baby was constipated.

Instead, doctors found the infant had a broken femur — an injury Hayslett and the child’s mother couldn’t explain. So the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services took protective custody of the baby and his two older siblings, and a Cook County judge ordered that all three children be placed in foster care.

Also read: DCFS-involved abuse and neglect deaths: 61 children, 61 stories

Hayslett and their mother went on to have more children: a daughter, another son, then twin boys — all of whom lived with the couple in the south suburbs as they sought to regain custody of the three older children.

During that time, DCFS twice investigated complaints that Hayslett was abusing his children but found the allegations not credible, records show.

Then — a month after a child-protection investigator closed the second case — the 5-foot-10, 280-pound Hayslett was charged with beating one of his twin sons to death. The 20-pound boy’s skull was fractured, and he had multiple bruises.

Authorities said Hayslett also abused the other twin and their toddler brother, too.

They arrested the Lynwood man in December 2012 and charged him with first-degree murder, among other charges.

Last Father’s Day, Hayslett hanged himself at the Cook County Jail.

His 8-month-old son Lamar Hayslett was among 27 Illinois children to die from abuse or neglect in DCFS’ last reporting year after they or their families already had been involved with the agency, aChicago Sun-Times and WBEZ examination of newly released records from the DCFS inspector general’s office has found. Five more cases were under investigation, those records show.

On Wednesday, the head of child-death investigations for DCFS Inspector General Denise Kane said that one of those five pending cases has now been determined not to have involved abuse or neglect. A second case remains under investigation, but not for abuse or neglect.

Still, the number of DCFS-involved abuse or neglect deaths could reach 30 for the third year in a row.

In the 2010 reporting year, there were 15 abuse or neglect deaths in which DCFS had had some involvement with the family within a year of the death, according to a Sun-Times and WBEZ investigation published in November.

Chris Fusco is a Chicago Sun-Times staff reporter. Follow him @fuscochris. Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics for WBEZ. Follow him @tonyjarnold.

The spike in deaths to 34 in 2011, 34 in 2012 and 27 or more in 2013 has sounded alarms with state lawmakers and some child advocates, who say the agency and the private contractors it hires to monitor child safety aren’t doing the job they should.

DCFS officials dispute that. They say the increase in reported deaths is largely the result of a policy change in late 2011, when the agency started pressing its investigators to discipline parents whose children had died as a result of unsafe sleeping conditions.

Still, in response to the Sun-Times/WBEZ reports, DCFS’ acting director, Denise Gonzales, ordered a review of all child deaths resulting from abuse or neglect between 2009 and 2013. That review revealed errors in the department’s tracking of how many children statewide died from abuse or neglect, finding that 11 more children had died in that time than the agency had reported.

Of the 27 DCFS-involved abuse or neglect deaths reported for the 12 months ending June 30, 2013, 12 were caused by abuse and 15 by neglect, according to the Sun-Times/WBEZ examination of DCFS inspector general records.

Of the neglect deaths, 11 involved infants smothered or suffocated after being placed in dangerous sleeping conditions.

In many of those cases, the children died even though their caregivers had been trained on safe-sleep practices, records show. They included a 3-month-old girl who died after sleeping on a mattress with her father, who “tested positive for cocaine, marijuana and prescribed benzodiazepines,” according to the inspector general’s case summary. A caseworker had provided the mother with a Pack ’n Play portable crib and saw the baby with the mother in August and October 2012. The baby died the following month.

Among the 12 abuse deaths:

● A 14-year-old autistic boy, Alex Spourdalakis, of River Grove, was found stabbed to death in his bed in June 2013. His 50-year-old mother and 44-year-old live-in caretaker lay unconscious next to him, “having taken pills” and “leaving a letter explaining their actions.” DCFS had opened a neglect investigation into his mother six months earlier but found the allegations not credible. The mother and caretaker survived and are now charged with murder.

● A 5-month-old girl, Angelina Rodriguez, of Chicago’s Far North Side, died in April 2013, four days after being hospitalized with a skull fracture and severe brain swelling. Her parents both were charged with murder after her father admitted suffocating her. Three months before Angelina died, school officials called DCFS’ hotline to report her 6-year-old brother had “marks and bruises on his face, neck and arms and after getting sick, he expressed fear of going home early.” DCFS cleared the parents of wrongdoing because the child later told an investigator the marks were made by his 2-year-old brother.

● In a case of the death of a child whose teenage mother had been an abuse victim, 3-week-old Emonie Beasley-Brown was killed in August 2012 when her mother ran away from her South Side home, taking the baby to her boyfriend’s house. When the police showed up, the mother hid in a crawlspace with the baby and her boyfriend’s mother, who placed her hands over Emonie’s mouth to keep her from crying. Emonie died two days later as a result of suffocation. Emonie’s teenage mother was convicted of endangering the life and health of a child and sentenced to five years of probation. Her boyfriend’s mother was convicted of the same charge and sentenced to four years in prison.

In January 2012, DCFS had determined that Emonie’s mother had been abused earlier that month by her 17-year-old brother, who was a ward of the state.

DCFS officials point out that they have some level of involvement with about 60,000 families a year. And other child-welfare experts caution the agency shouldn’t be judged solely on the fraction of children who die while they or their families are being monitored or under investigation by the agency.

Still, acting DCFS chief Gonzales says she’s convened “a team to read every case and tell me what happened. . . . What were the conditions that brought us to that child’s death? Was there substance abuse involved? Was there domestic violence involved? Was this just a tired mom with her infant?”

In the case of Lamar Hayslett, Cook County Public Guardian Robert Harris says there were “missed opportunities” to stop the abuse. Besides the two abuse investigations against Enoch Hayslett that DCFS closed without finding wrongdoing, a Cook County judge was told in August 2011 of allegations that Hayslett had abused the three older children in foster care.

The judge left it to a private agency, Lutheran Social Services, to determine whether the parents should continue to have unsupervised visits with those kids. Those visits were temporarily suspended and then resumed, leading to more allegations from one of Hayslett’s children that he was abusing them — complaints DCFS deemed not credible the month before Lamar died.

A DCFS spokeswoman says agency Inspector General Denise Kane “is conducting a full investigation of this case” and that officials “cannot comment further pending that review.”

Says Harris: “The fact that there was a hotline call that was made just three months before Lamar died, in and of itself, which subsequently was ‘unfounded’ a month before he died, is definitely troubling to me, and I question some of the investigator’s work in terms of responding to the hotline call.

“I don’t just want to say ‘If the caseworkers were doing their jobs.’ But if they had kept their eyes open to all of these multiple factors, maybe there could have been — maybe Lamar wouldn’t have had to have died.”

26 U.S. Code § 2518 – Disclaimers

February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

26 U.S. Code § 2518 – Disclaimers

Current through Pub. L. 113-75, except 113-66. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)

(a) General rule

For purposes of this subtitle, if a person makes a qualified disclaimer with respect to any interest in property, this subtitle shall apply with respect to such interest as if the interest had never been transferred to such person.
(b) Qualified disclaimer defined

For purposes of subsection (a), the term “qualified disclaimer” means an irrevocable and unqualified refusal by a person to accept an interest in property but only if—
(1) such refusal is in writing,
(2) such writing is received by the transferor of the interest, his legal representative, or the holder of the legal title to the property to which the interest relates not later than the date which is 9 months after the later of—

(A) the day on which the transfer creating the interest in such person is made, or
(B) the day on which such person attains age 21,
(3) such person has not accepted the interest or any of its benefits, and
(4) as a result of such refusal, the interest passes without any direction on the part of the person making the disclaimer and passes either—

(A) to the spouse of the decedent, or
(B) to a person other than the person making the disclaimer.
(c) Other rules

For purposes of subsection (a)—
(1) Disclaimer of undivided portion of interest

A disclaimer with respect to an undivided portion of an interest which meets the requirements of the preceding sentence shall be treated as a qualified disclaimer of such portion of the interest.
(2) Powers

A power with respect to property shall be treated as an interest in such property.
(3) Certain transfers treated as disclaimers

A written transfer of the transferor’s entire interest in the property—
(A) which meets requirements similar to the requirements of paragraphs (2) and (3) of subsection (b), and
(B) which is to a person or persons who would have received the property had the transferor made a qualified disclaimer (within the meaning of subsection (b)),
shall be treated as a qualified disclaimer.

 

 

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