Sunday, October 22, 2006

Reports recomends 'Child Death teams'

Many people are familiar with the beating death of 2 year old Sherry Charlie in 2002. Her uncle, who was also her foster parent at the time, is currently serving a 10 year sentence after eventually pleading guilty to manslaughter.
They system came under intense scrutiny after it many facts were revealed, the public learned that a criminal reord check was never completed (which would have shown this individual had a lengthy record for domestic violence), as well, Sherry's brother (who the uncle initially stated was responsible for Sherry's death) was left in the home for 5 months after his sister 'passed away' after the 'unfortunate mishap'.
Conseqently, Jane Morley released a report.

B.C. must create child-death teams that would act promptly in cases of suspicious child deaths, says the provincial child advocate.
That's the sole recommendation in Jane Morley's 135-page report into events surrounding the 2002 beating death of 19-month-old Sherry Charlie, a case that has prompted continued scrutiny of B.C.'s system for protecting children in care.
"The results of this investigation bring into stark relief the need for such an immediate collaborative response to child deaths of this kind," she writes.
She goes on to state "It would have made all the difference if the coroner, the RCMP, Usma [the aboriginal-run child-services agency caring for Sherry and her brother] and [the Ministry of Children and Family Development] had fully and immediately shared available information".

I can not believe that this is the only recomendation.
Is it even remotely possible that I am the only one who could feel this way?
I wonder where the recomendations are to prevent this type of tragedy from occuring.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Paulette said...

I agree, that is far too inadequate. But it seems that the focus is always on the cure rather than the prevention.

On Friday I heard a news story that concluded the communications gap was because the coroner was more concerned about the dead than the living.

Well, it's the coroner's job to deal with the dead.

Where were the people whose job it is to deal with the living?

It's said that it's human nature to take the path of least resistance, i.e., do whatever is easiest.

Sadly, it's much easier to find fault and assign blame than it is to take responsibility and demand accountability.

And the latter are what is needed to prevent such tragedies as this.

10:49 AM  

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