Testimony Calling for Independent Investigation of CFSA
Before the DC Counsel CFSA Oversight Hearing of Mar. 11, 2010
-- Roy Morris, Esq.--
See Testimony here:
we can do something about this use/sex-corruption-coveruop- criminal scandals that have affects our children!
you understand the custody-visitation beinggiven to users/abusers.... and the corruption that islikely connected to our children being used and abused!
There is at least one (and likely more) Virginia-DC link - child protective service corruption, cover-up and criminals!
Testimony by Roy Morris on 11 March 2010 in DC!
The CPS Executive is a "sexual offender" working with children in the upper office of DC CPS and personally helped abuser father cover up abuse (sexual and medical harm and drugging!)
there is a very big VA-DC corruption connection... stayed tuned!
Chairman Wells, and Members of the Committee, my name is Roy Morris, and I
am here as a public interest advocate. Today I urge the City Council to initiate an
independent investigation by either Federal Authorities or an independent counsel, like Mr. Bennett, to look into the depth and breadth of the corruption at Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA).
It has been almost a year since I last came before you highlighting the case of
how CFSA failed a now six-year- old child living in Ward 2. It is my opinion that by any
reasonable standard, CFSA failed to properly investigate complaints filed by mandated reporters in that case. In this case, CFSA went out of its way to avoid finding abuse and neglect.
My experience supports many of the allegations found in the December 6, 2008
letter of the “Concerned Social Workers.” That insightful letter was sent to the
Washington Post, Chairman Wells, and Federal Judge Hogan. It spoke of unethical CFSA practices in closing cases, including cases being closed by administrators and lawyers at CFSA.
For the suffering little girl mentioned, her situation appears to me to have become worse due to CFSA’s failures. Those failures have left her in unnecessary danger with severe chronic neutropenia of undiagnosed cause -- a life-threatening very rare blood disease, which evidence strongly suggests is induced by drugs commonly used for covering up abuse. CFSA ignored these and other facts.
When I came before you a year ago, I sincerely believed that the irregularities we
had witnessed were simply caused by an agency that did not have the will or skill to do
its’ job. As the irregularities have become greater and certain CFSA employee
actions more antithetical to the agency’s purpose..... including attempts to prevent
other institutions from finding abuse and providing help for this child –- an innocent
explanation no longer seems plausible to me.
Disturbing facts have come to light that give answers, I believe, as to why high
ranking CFSA employees have abdicated their responsibilities, interfered with the
CFSA investigations, and, also in my opinion, have acted beholden and protective of
abusers and their attorneys.
Today, we must take a stand to save this child, and others like her, by giving them
immediate relief and safety. Organizations from around the world and the US,
including members of Congress, have been made aware and are looking for this
situation to be corrected.
Will Washington DC once again make the headlines and
have to explain why another child’s life was lost while this agency looked the other way?
The explanation for this corruption that I refer to is both disturbing and appalling.
One very egregious example involves one key high-ranking official of CFSA. Not a
widely known fact, it involves a high ranking CFA official who was arrested for a
sexual offense, and went into a sex offender diversion program that included: one year supervised probation, and psychological evaluation.
Why would a person with such a background be allowed to work in CFSA, or any
other agency involved with the welfare of children?
How was the District made aware of this person’s background, and what did it do
about it? What is the magnitude of the impact this little known fact can have on such a
person’s independence to advocate for abused children, rather than for suspected abusers -- who would be inclined to use this information to pressure such a CFSA official to prematurely close and improperly dismiss abuse cases?
Only through an independent investigation can the depth and breadth of this
problem be uncovered, and the damage it has caused to the children of Washington DC
corrected. In the interim, we ask that the DC Counsel order the immediate reopening, investigation, and corrective action in all cases, including the case of the six year old neutropenic little girl, that were wrongfully interfered with by those corrupted employees.
Based on my understanding, the six year old child lives isolated in a small onebedroom
apartment, in a windowless bedroom, sleeps in a queen sized bed that takes up most of that windowless room. She has – on a number of occasions – told medical and psychological personnel and forensic interviewers that her father sleeps in her bed, the “poppo gets harder and harder,” and that her father does “bad touch” while pointing to her inner thighs. Consistent with medical harm, she now has a very rare blood disorder, that only appeared soon as she disclosed that her “papa gives me green medicine to make me sick. But don’t tell him I told you.” Dr. Joy Silberg, a mandated reporter who is an internationally recognized specialist in abused children, submitted a written complaint to CFSA. However, even after CFSA social workers claim to have visited this one bedroom apartment that is used as an a multibedroom living quarters, and examined these documented facts, that was not enough for CFSA to investigate further. The six year old child suffers from a very rare blood disease called severe chronic neutropenia that can be induced with drugs, – a condition similar to AIDS –that leaves
the body with little defense to fatal infection. With this disease, one day the patient can look fine, ....the next day catch an infection,.... and the next day die from the infection that your and my body can easily tolerate, but hers cannot. However, when the father failed to take the child to a hematologist/oncologist on his own for months – it hardly raised an eyebrow at CFSA. This is despite the fact that at least two medical experts had expressed concern that the suspected abuser failed to take such basic diagnostic actions. One of the world’s leading pediatric severe chronic neutropenia expert researcher and physician who is the Co-Director of the Severe Chronic Neutropenia International Registry, has reviewed the same records as CFSA, and concluded that the child’s severe neutropenia is likely due to toxins/drugs – including the type that a neurologist, such as the father, would have access to. Again, this CFSA did little for the
child, and failed to follow its own protocol for independent evaluations.
Based on the records, a sexual abuse investigation at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) appears to me to have been made purposely superficial and misdirected by the unexplainable actions of CFSA. The CFSA social worker involved -- who had already preliminarily concluded that there was no abuse – allowed the suspected father to accompany the little girl to CNMC. Once there, the CFSA social worker appears to have instructed CNMC not to interview the child, misinformed them by telling them that the mother was the source of the reports about abuse, and failed to mention that the written complaints were submitted to CFSA by multiple mandated reporters. As any person familiar with sexual abuse investigations knows, an interview can only be successfully done without the abuser present and such an interview is critically important to such an investigation. To make matters worse, CFSA used that superficial sexual abuse investigation as a fraudulent basis for claiming in other venues
that the medical neglect concerns involving the severe neutropenia were “unfounded.”
In addition, even without speaking to the child, the records show that CNMC diagnosed her with “post traumatic stress disorder,” and recommended regular therapy for the child but there is no record of any follow-up by the father or CFSA to assure that therapy was provided. That alone should have been a basis for finding neglect.
After that very brief irregular investigation was quickly opened and closed as “unfounded,” a high level executive of CFSA demanded medical records from Georgetown University Hospital – where the CFSA request made the material isrepresentation that the child was a “District of Columbia committed ward.” When questioned, Dr. Roque Gerald wrote a reply claiming that the high level CFSA executive was simply the using a generic form – but he did not explain why a generic form having such a material misrepresentation was used. No explanation was given why additional inquiry was being made by CFSA after it supposedly had closed the earlier investigation as unfounded. Were those earlier cases really closed? Where they really found to be unfounded? Was CFSA having second thoughts? Did CFSA know that the records it received from Georgetown were incomplete because they did not include all test results? How many other instances has CFSA used this generic form to obtain information knowing that it contained misrepresentations of the status of the child.
When asked for a report on the investigations, one CFSA official told us in writing that we would get a summary report. Later, when asked again, we were told that such reports are not provided for “unfounded cases.” However, the suspected abuser father received not just one, but three different reports – including one faxed to him at 6:30pm in the evening from CFSA’s offices. Those reports were never forwarded to the mother.
in what appears to me to be a wholesale cover-up, CFSA refused to provide copies of any documents in response to a FOIA request, including even documents it had filed publicly, documents it had previously exchanged with the abusing Father and his counsel, and as well as those it had exchanged with the mother and her counsel.
No attempt was made to even provide a Vaughn index, nor redacted versions of the documents – even though required by law for documents even when they contain FOIA exempt information. Furthermore, given that CFSA’s FOIA statistics from the City’s Secretaries office indicate that a complete denial of a FOIA request by CFSA is rare [none out of 19 FOIA requests in FY2009 were denied in whole]1 – it only adds to further evidence that CFSA is attempting to cover up the corruption in its ranks.
Disgraced & Shameful Judge Easther Wiggins & GAL Deborah S. Olin, Do you remember Little Ariana Leilani daughter of Dr. Ariel King? See what you have done to her........Just a reminder to you , Judge Bruce D. White, Judge Finch, &......that Ariana & her Mom (Dr. King) became thousands of Moms & Children who are not going any where til they see justice being served.