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#1 DocM

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 13:33

Cases like this are enough to make a grown man cry...

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Detroit -- Transcripts show a court referee refused to remove 8-year-old Tameria Greene and her four brothers from an allegedly abusive environment in their home, despite requests from the state Department of Human Services.

Less than two months later, Tameria was dead from a stab wound to her chest, allegedly at the hands of her mother, Semeria Greene, 26, of Detroit.

The Wayne Circuit Court referee refused the request because he said an emergency motion had not been filed by the Department of Human Services.

The referee, Richard Smart, said if social workers thought the children were in danger "they could always call in 24 hours a day and ask for ... the children be removed. They could ask for an emergency removal order."

State officials released the transcripts late Friday after securing a court order.

On Thursday, state and court officials sparred over whether caseworkers sought the children's removal in November. The records indicate they did and were denied, despite allegations that Tameria was bitten and bruised by her mother.

"It's my feeling that it's contrary to (Tameria's) well-being to be placed with the family and that they need to be removed," Protective Services worker Rosalyn Green said during a Nov. 23 hearing.

Smart denied the bid, saying the state didn't make its case, the records show.

"There is no explanation as to why the department believes there is an emergency today versus an emergency yesterday as far as removal is concerned," said Smart, who added it would harm the children "to be snatched in the middle of the night."

An emergency order seeking the release of the transcripts alleged caseworkers tried for five days to file a petition with the court to remove the children before Smart heard the case.

Court workers repeatedly refused to accept the petitions for various reasons -- including once because the name of the children's father wasn't written in parentheses, the state claimed.

"It's evident our workers sought on the record to remove the children from this home," state Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan said.

The agency said it is conducting an internal review, as is the court.

Smart was unavailable for comment Friday. Wayne County Judge Frank Szymanski, who presided over the case but wasn't at the hearing, declined to comment.

It was not clear late Friday where the other children were.

Greene was arraigned Thursday on felony murder and child abuse charges in the Sunday death.
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#2 cork1958

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 13:54

What is wrong with people now a days?

The world sure has gotten to be one messed up place.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 16:21

I don't know - I spent almost 30 years dealing with the aftermath of these kinds of things and it's still a mystery to me. Trust me, nothing in any kind of medical training prepares you for it.

#4 Anibal P

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 16:25

1 - It's Detroit, no surprises there
2- Bureaucracy at it's best being represented here

#5 shakey

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 16:28

Fire and charge those in the departments that are guilty with negligence with whatever will get them out of being able to do this to any one else.
Poor kid.

#6 Lamp0

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 18:47

What is wrong with people now a days?

The world sure has gotten to be one messed up place.


People always say this. The world has always been messed up. It's not getting worse, if anything it's better.

#7 *RedBull*

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:35

one could only hope that mother spends the rest of her life regretting killing her child.

#8 He's Dead Jim

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:44

Pretty sad read for a sunday morning, RIP kid :(

#9 nekkidtruth

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:09

Each of the individuals who took part in denying the petitions (especially the one using the father's name wasn't in parenthesis as a reason) should be charged with at the very least, manslaughter. There's no reason why after multiple petitions and requests for the removal of those children, someone shouldn't have stopped and said "Ok...clearly something isn't right here..."

#10 fenderMarky

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:16

It's the laissez-faire system... I thought you Americans liked this kind of system.