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May 9th, 2012
04:46 PM ET

Cousin: Dead boy's parents 'monsters'

In a follow-up to a heart-breaking case covered last week, Brooke welcomes the cousin and foster mother of Khalil Wimes to the show.  Khalil was abused and neglected by his biological parents, a tortuous cycle that eventually ended in his death.  But, as Alicia asks, why did the Department of Human Services overlook Khalil's dangerous situation, given the fact that they visited the home muliple times?

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  1. Richard Rojas

    Brooke- I was very moved by the story that aired a few days ago about Khalil. Today's follow-up piece only reminded me that it is easy to blame the State's DHS, the social workers assigned to his case and even the judge who ruled that Khalil should be reunified with his birth parents. In most cases, reunification of parents and children makes the most sense. As State's continue to face enormous budget cuts, DHS and other public agencies will never be able to keep up with the workload of keeping at-risk kids safe and dangerous parents away or in jail. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the last three years, I encourage you to seek positive solutions for tragedies like Khalil's and challenge viewers to get involved. After all, Khalil was our child too.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  2. cathi lewis

    i think all dhs/cps employees need to go back to school and learn some more on child abuse there are too many children dying because of the decession that r made if some one is gonna take the responsibity of an abused child then leave that child in a good home where they can thrive and not die

    May 10, 2012 at 10:27 am |
  3. Fritz

    As a former abused child, I can tell you that DHS does not work. From the time I was 3 to the time I was 15 1/2 I was physically beat with boards and coat hangers and fists and kicked. Sexually abused, raped whenever my stepfather was in the mood. Used as payment for alcohol and cigarettes when his friends partied. Humiliated by having to walk around the house naked. Psychologically abused by words, phases, names, threats to my life. My mother beat me as well. DHS was called on my family 10 times by doctors. When interviewed, it was either at school; where they would then tell my mother and stepfather what I said and I would go home and be beat until I changed my story, or it would be in front of them, where I couldn't utter a word. The 11th time however, I was interviewed at school and was taken to a safe house. The damnedest thing happened, he confessed, went through special sexual tests and failed them all, proving what he was. Plead innocent, was charged with 4 counts of First Degree Sexual Assault to a minor and received 20 years. He appealed his case, went to court, his sentence was brought down to Two Counts of Second Degree Sexual Contact With a Minor. He received TIME SERVED 437 DAYS. The state doesn't even keep track of Sexual pedifiles or sexual offenders. They have no Idea where he lives or how to contact him, which is STATE LAW. DHS is so busy taking away children who are with good parents, they have blinders on when they happen across bad ones. They can't see past the masks and fake smiles Evil, Abusive, Naglectfull, Horrible, Bad parents have on or hear the lies they tell, that they don't question a thing, not even ask to take the child or children out for Ice Cream or a burger to talk to in private. It took my state 11 times. Not including a busted face, black eye, busted lip, or broken rib. Not including me being a prisoner in the home, never being let out or allowed to use the phone. This poor child was 6 beaten to death. Workers had SEEN him, his home, yet did nothing. The case worker should be forced to do unpaid work in a children's abuse unit of a hospital for a year.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  4. Just Me

    I never came to the attention of any child-protective services, but did one time call the police for help. My alcoholic, abusive father sent me to my room with the threat that (if I came out) he'd beat me so I'd have to join my mother (injured in a car accident) in the hospital. I sneaked out of my room to call the police, and they showed up an hour later. The officer took a look at the badge on my father's work shirt and told me off for being a disrespectful troublemaker who was wasting his time. Even so, my father never laid a hand on me again. It still didn't make up for all the times he'd done it in the past, but it bought me that much freedom.

    May 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm |

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