On the 30th of December, 2016, 12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis from Cedartown, Georgia, hanged herself in her garden. The tormented young girl live streamed the heart-breaking event. After the footage went viral, police were powerless to take it down.
In April of 2019, police in the Chicago Suburb of Crystal Lake were informed of a missing five-year-old boy. According to his parents, he had vanished at some point in the middle of the night. However, it quickly became apparent that the family were well-known to child protective services and for many years, police had been trying to get them to take action and remove the children from the home. Their pleas had always fallen on deaf ears and child protective services had refused to intervene. The disappearance and outcome of the disappearance would lead to the community questioning: How...
On 25 February, 2018, first responders were alerted to an unresponsive child. When first responders arrived at the scene, the little girl was already deceased. She was identified as 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy. It was evident that she had been the victim of prolonged abuse.
Blackstone is a town of less than 10,000 near the Rhode Island border in Massachusetts. It’s a quaint suburban area away from the hustle and bustle of city life in Boston, just 50 miles away. On a quiet street just four blocks away from the local police station sat an unassuming Cape Cod-style home. However, what went on behind those closed doors would traumatize even the most seasoned detectives.
Casual witnesses to abuse do not have a legal obligation to report it. They do, however, have a moral obligation to report it. In July of 2011, a little girl was found dead inside a lockbox, having suffocated from lack of air. The investigation into her death would reveal what Phoenix, Arizona, police would describe as one of the worst cases in their history. It would be discovered that her death was no accident and was the cruel culmination of a history of abuse at the hands of numerous people.
According to the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services statistics, in 2012, the agency reported 152 deaths of children that they had been in contact with. This was an alarming average of almost three children per week. Then the following year, DFCS came under scrutiny once again, when a young girl was found dead and their records indicated a long history of abuse claims.