February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment
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.
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.
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.”
September 17, 2013 § Leave a comment
“How To Fight CPS”
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Document, Document, Document
This costs nothing and is the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do in your defense.
CPS agents “make mistakes”, LIE, and TWIST your words. Don’t let them get away with it- DOCUMENT IT.
Keep detailed records of who said what, when. Keep copies of EVERYTHING you send to them or receive from them.
ESPECIALLY document face-to-face and conversations on the phone. Record or video tape if you have it.
This is a war fought with PAPER, paper FILED ON THE RECORD in court.
Insist on LETTERS to and from the agencies.
They can’t alter their words printed on paper that have been mailed to you. Nor can they alter your words either. KEEP COPIES of your letters to them.
If you are innocent or falsely accused, Do NOT agree to anything a CPS agent says. ABSOLUTELY do NOT sign anything a CPS agent shoves under your nose until you talk it over with your LAWYER or a trusted friend who has some legal savvy.
Anything they FORCE you to sign, you can add “Under Duress” before your signature if you don’t agree with it.
If you already have agreed or signed something that you felt coercion to do, upon advice from your lawyer or knowledgeable friend, you can RESCIND your previous agreement or signature. Be forewarned- this will really, REALLY piss off the CPS witch and she WILL undertake to punish you every way possible. But she probably planned on “doing their worst”, hurting you every way possible, eventually. When I was going through this, I figured we might just as well go straight to WAR and leave out the phony negotiations and manipulations phase. I won.
Personal and phone conversations are where “mistakes” (inventions and fabrications) happen when THEY write their report about the conversations. Words you say float up into the rafters and come back twisted against you. If you feel you have to talk with them, record it or videotape it. You can then transcribe it into your DOCUMENT.
Women especially fall into this trap. Especially in cases where a child is ALLEGEDLY abused or molested by a family member.
Do that, and you will join the ranks of “co-perpetrator” lamenting “I was so, so foolish. I was an IDIOT. I thought they were there to HELP me. I thought the CPS worker CARED. I thought I had PROFESSIONAL CONFIDENTIALITY with the psych shithead.”
CPS will use every word you say to make your child a Legal Orphan, because THAT’S what they are being PAID for.
NEW CASELAW August 21, 2008
NEW CASELAW June 1, 2010
Print one of these up to hand to the CPS agent when she wants to force her way in your house or threaten you-
About Psych Evals–
We believe the court-ordered psych exam is a violation of your 5th Amendment rights.
Also see AFRA Dress Codes.
If you get a court-appointed attorney, you may or may not receive a “vigorous defense“. About the standard pay they receive is $500 total, so the pay is no motivation to them. You might get a young, idealistic one fresh from law school, and he may be pretty aggressive. Some older ones who are not calloused may also really go to bat for you and the children and provide Competent Counsel.
If the lawyer you are considering does NOT agree with THIS CREED in defending you, walk away.
In all cases, Help your lawyer defend you
There are also stories about CPS KIDNAPPING THE LAWYER’S CHILDREN AND ASSASSINATING HIS CHARACTER TOO. We have heard of CPS doing the same thing to JUDGES, Doctors, Police officers, other CPS people (Whistle-Blowers), and even State Representatives who challenge CPS’ lies and fascist activities.
NEW! August 8, 2008 How I Found Attorney Who “Hates” CPS
“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” –Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner
NOTE- If you ARE a LAWYER who wants to learn HOW, see-
TELL YOUR LAWYER about-
Preparing a Vigorous Defense
Because of the special nature of child sexual abuse cases, erosion of constitutional rights, determination of the child savers that you are guilty- you must vigorously defend yourself and prove your innocence!
If an attorney says to “wait and see if you are indicted”…WALK AWAY IMMEDIATELY! The best time to get a dismissal is before a formal charge. LOTS MORE
Write your own version of history in a Sworn Declaration
You had better be telling THE TRUTH with no “embellishments” and citing FACTS you can back up with evidence or witnesses’ sworn statements. Say NOTHING self-incriminating. If you have something to hide, you aren’t going to lie your way out of it.
Grammar Quick Help Class 101 How your papers LOOK matters!
THE ONLY WAY you have appealable “issues” in the future is to get your facts ON THE RECORD in court.
|#6||Get your records from the agency-
Clean up your house and your life.Obviously, if your house is a mess or your life is a mess, your CPS worker is going to use every bit of it against you. There is (so far as we know) absolutely NO LAW about “dirty house”, but they make a big deal out of it.
Shacking up with a boyfriend is the path to hell. Boyfriends have NO “natural affection” for your children, and they are the #1 baby rapists and child abusers and killers, at the TOP of any statistical data.
September 14, 2013 § Leave a comment
(( EXPOSE, EXPOSE EXPOSE VIOLENCE BY WOMEN )) Today we have VAWA related groups abusing federal funding for lobby efforts, that claim women are not violent. The media, Men, Women and children need to report and EXPOSE VIOLENCE BY WOMEN to the public. CREATE PUBLIC AWARENESS, create positive solutions to stop the cycles of violence, HEAL TRANSITION, EMPLOY at risk families. No matter what form the family takes, it is the CHILD’S human right to have all loving family members involve in their lives. Protect The children from systemic abusers. Remember Hitler used the media, corrupt judges and corrupt Doctors to impose his will and destroy families by creating a gender war. VAWA and unethical lawyers in congress are doing the very same thing under color of laws they create for their “collective groups” PROFIT. The night before the sequestration vote, lawyers in congress past budget increases to the justice department via VAWA votes, this will destroy more at risk families for GAY Women’s agendas. Expose the truth, be silent no more.
September 7, 2013 § Leave a comment
September 7, 2013 § Leave a comment
Illinois Fathers Board Member Juan Carlos will be hosting an open forum on Domestic Violence at the Sulzer Regional Library 4455 N Lincoln Ave
(between Leavitt St & Montrose Ave)
Chicago, IL 60625
Neighborhoods: Lincoln Square, Ravenswood
On Friday Sep. 27th from 3pm-5pm
Consequences of DV
signs of DV
We encourage as many members who can attend to please do so. Make our presence known let our voices be heard.
For more information or to R.S.V.P contact Juan Carlos at
So come one come all and see how thing really work ?
August 28, 2013 § Leave a comment
FROM: Todd Bottom
I’ve read on several pages and sites (from both men and women) opinions about “50/50” parenting. Often, but not always, its dads contending that they should get 50% of the time with their children and 50% should go to the mother. Dads argue that it’s their right and that the children benefit from having him in their lives; moms argue that it’s disruptive to the (often young) child’s life, and often that the dad is not a good parent.
As a divorced non-custodial father with an M.A. in psychology (3 months away from completing my Ph.D.), I’m compelled to weigh in. I’ve been researching the outcomes of divorced and non-custodial fathers for several years, and my dissertation is a 2-year project in the making in which I’m assessing the parenting experiences and psychological well-being of fathers. My dissertation bibliography alone includes over 200 peer-reviewed research articles.
Here…in no uncertain terms…is why we CANNOT say that 50/50 parenting does not work. Keep in mind that I’m not saying it DOES work. I’m saying that no one has shown that it DOES NOT work. There is a huge difference.
Quite simply, there is no evidence showing that 50/50 parenting is not in the child’s best interest or outcomes. Some people have written such claims, but it’s all theoretical. Sure, both sides of the argument may sound good and logical based on personal experience or what you’ve heard and read from others. But most such claims come from people who are not trained to make that assessment. They are disillusioned parents, armature bloggers, life coaches, media personalities, or professionals outside of research and psychology (i.e. social workers, attorneys, politicians, etc.).
A very limited number of trained researchers and those with clinical degrees may claim that 50/50 parenting is not best for children’s outcomes. However, such claims are based on: 1) case studies of individual experiences, or 2) on the situations of several clients over several years. These are biased approaches for at least two reasons. First, individuals in case studies are intentionally selected to assess the extreme ends of an issue…no one wants to study Average Joe. Second, clients of clinical psychologists are also typically at the end of the spectrum which indicates that there are more issues at hand than custody.
Here’s why no credible evidence exists to show that 50/50 parenting won’t work:
1) There is an extreme lack of cases to study. This type of custody/parenting is nearly non-existent, which makes it hard to assess.
2) This type of custody rarely exists because fathers are not given the opportunity to have it because: 1) they do not ask for it, 2) the mother objects, or 3) the courts do not favor it.
3) Even if there were enough such families to locate, recruit, follow, and empirically assess 200+ of them (enough to start generalizing to the general population), it would take 30 or more years to do so. It is extremely time consuming and expensive to track children from 50/50 homes from their early childhood until mid-life to know whether or not 50/50 affected their adult outcomes. (My professional guess is that it would cost more than $5M to study this over a 30-year period.)
4) Even if – after 30 years of tracking and assessing these children of divorce – it would be extremely difficult to show that the 50/50 arrangement was the cause of any positive or negative outcome in adulthood. Over that much time, too many other factors could also contribute to long-term outcomes…including race, socio-economic status, parents’ levels of education, geographic location, and many other variables.
So…My response to any person who tells me that 50/50 is not in children’s best interest (and my challenge to those of you who believe it is) is that no evidence supports your opinion. Until you can show me with empirical evidence based on sound research assessed over the lifetime of enough children to generalize to the population, I will continue to believe that 50/50 IS in the best interest of children. If you have any evidence to support your own opinion or to contradict my professional one, please let me know.
Todd Bottom, M.A. (ABD)
August 16, 2013 § Leave a comment
Pregnant Woman Brutally Beaten By Black Mob, Media Ignores
August 15, 2013 11:16pm PST
A mob of blacks attacked a young woman who was 6-months pregnant in Sanford, Florida–the same place where George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin–even pulling a gun and shooting at her. Of course, the national media went wild over Martin’s shooting but this case is being ignored by the national press.
Young Ashley Flournoy was attacked in February of this year and nationally we are just now finding out about it all.
One attacker was even heard to yell that he didn’t care that the woman was pregnant. Flournoy was brutally smashed in the face and went to the hospital after the attack.
One of the assailants, Harry Roberts, lamely claimed that it was Flournoy that started it by slapping one of his relatives. But police also confirm that the altercation was the culmination of a long series of disputes between Flournoy and her neighbors.
12 people were arrested for the assault including four minors, ages 12, 14, 15, and 16.
The eight adults arrested were identified as Antoinette Ford, Harry Roberts, Lasheena Thomas, Quentin Herring, Javaress Barnes, Willie Jones, Arshala Ford and Jarvis Young.
Some reports have said that the woman being attacked was a white woman, but this is not the case. Flournoy is an African American with an arrest record of her own.
(H/T Freedom Post)