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Bernice Kareem and Purcell Campbell Jr. look for the grave of their goddaughter, Cecelia Rushing, to place a floral cross and balloon there. (Carol Guzy - The Washington Post)
Day 1: Decade of Deadly Mistakes
Children in System Died As D.C. Did Little 
One in five of children who died after coming to the attention of the D.C.'s child protection system lost their lives after staff failed to take key preventive action or placed them in dangerous homes or institutions.
 Also in The Post: Mending 'Frayed Trust'
 Also in The Post: A Social Worker Quits

Day 2: Disabled and Forgotten
A Foster Girl Is Sent Away and Dies Alone
Bent over in her wheelchair, her spine twisted by scoliosis, NickiColma Spriggs died at age 15 in the hallway of a Delaware nursing home on Thanksgiving Day 1998. Her body looked like an upside-down L.
 Also in The Post: For the Unwanted, Few Options
 Children's Stories: Bias
 Children's Stories: Waytes, Howard

Day 3: Babies at Risk
No Care for Frail Infants
Eleven drug-exposed or medically frail newborns died from after they were released to parents whose troubles were well documented by hospitals and social workers.
 Also in The Post: No Electricity, No Hope
 Children's Stories: Part 1, Part 2

Day 4: A Failure to Investigate
Child Endangered, Without a Lifeline
In dozens of cases involving child neglect or abuse complaints brought to the attention of the District's child protection system, police officers and social workers responsible for the safety of children failed to take the most basic steps to shield them from harm.
 Video: Cecilia Rushing's Godmother
 Video: Monica Wheeler's Godmother
 Children's Stories: Part 1, Part 2


Death of the City's Innocents (The Washington Post, 9/16/01)

Cloaking Deaths in Secrecy (The Washington Post, 10/2/01)

The Seventh Child to Die (The Washington Post, 10/27/01)

A Family Court Bill Made Better (The Washington Post, 12/4/01)

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