Children's Stories

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Robert Walker Jr.

May 10, 1998-Sept. 5, 1998


Robert was born and died without any intervention by the District's child protection agency -- even though the agency was aware that his mother had been having trouble caring for the five children in her family for several years.

In 1991, the agency received a call complaining that the woman was spending public assistance money on crack, not providing food or clothing for her children and leaving them with unwilling caretakers. The case was eventually closed because the social worker could not find the mother, who lived under five aliases. In 1993, after another complaint, the agency removed three of the children and placed them with a relative. Two other children were later placed in foster care.

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