Saturday, March 22, 2014

Non-custodial dad "investigated" by CPS before murder of 2-year-old daughter (Lansing, Michigan)

So who gave UNNAMED DAD access to this little girl? Did the mother have custody? Was she ordered by the courts to let Daddy have visitation? Lots of unanswered questions....

DCFS probed dead child’s father

March 22, 2014 12:14AM
Updated: March 22, 2014 2:03AM

The father of a 2-year-old girl found dead Wednesday at her Lansing home was investigated by the state child welfare agency twice before, according to the agency.

An investigation of the man by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in May 2013 determined the allegation to be “unfounded,” and another in July 2013 “indicated for abuse,” DCFS spokeswoman Karen Hawkins said.

Hawkins confirmed that DCFS is investigating Jahariah Patterson’s father and that he did not have legal custody of the girl at the time of her death.

An autopsy indicated that the toddler died from child abuse, and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Police and paramedics were called Wednesday afternoon to the 17900 block of Wildwood Avenue and found Jahariah unresponsive, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lansing police have refused to comment on the incident.