CHICAGO — Final March, the state’s little one welfare company obtained a report via its hotline that an 8-year-old lady in Uptown may be at risk.
Her mother and father had gotten right into a combat at a restaurant, the report mentioned, and an investigator with the Division of Kids and Household Providers was assigned to verify on the mother and father and the kid, Amaria Osby.
The investigator tried the lady’s house the following day, on March 24, however was unable to see anybody, the company mentioned. It was not till two months later, on Might 24, that the investigator lastly checked on the kid.
“There have been no famous issues for bodily abuse or neglect,” the company mentioned.
The subsequent day, Amaria was lifeless, allegedly killed by her mom, Andreal Hagler, who additionally tried to kill herself.
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DCFS mentioned Wednesday that the investigator and a supervisor have been suspended from “little one safety duties” whereas it evaluations their dealing with of the case.
The investigator ought to have saved making an attempt day by day to see the kid however didn’t, in response to company spokesman Invoice McCaffrey.
He didn’t say why it took so lengthy to see the lady. He careworn that there was by no means any allegation that Amaria was being abused, solely that she had witnessed “home violence” between her mom and father.
However the Prepare dinner County public guardian advised the lady may nonetheless be alive if the company had seen the household sooner and organized for psychological well being and drug therapy.
“If DCFS did what they wanted to do, and went out day by day in March with companies for psychological well being, we’d have had a really totally different final result,” Public Guardian Charles Golbert mentioned Wednesday.
“The massive take away is that they dropped the ball for 2 months,” Golbert mentioned. “Underneath the rules, once they get a report of abuse, they should see the kid and household instantly and should make efforts day by day.
“This can be a case that screamed out for the necessity for household and psychological well being companies,” he mentioned.
Responding to requests from the Solar-Instances, DCFS launched a timeline Wednesday of the company’s involvement with Hagler and Amaria.
The company’s first contact with the household was in 2017 when Hagler was arrested for DUI and little one endangerment after crashing on the Eisenhower Expressway close to Peoria Avenue, data present.
State police mentioned Hagler was “dazed and confused,” couldn’t spell her final title and didn’t appear to be conscious she had crashed the automotive in opposition to a concrete median.
Amaria, 3 years outdated on the time, was within the again seat. The lady was launched to the custody of Hagler’s sister, the court docket data present.
An investigator reported no indicators of abuse or neglect on the lady, and an “intact employee” was assigned and help companies have been offered, together with substance abuse therapy.
The ultimate go to in that case was in March of 2018. “There have been no famous issues for abuse or neglect throughout any of the house visits and the intact household companies case was closed,” the company mentioned within the timeline.
Then the hotline report got here on March 23. Though there was no allegation of abuse involving Amaria, DCFS opened an investigation into Amaria’s “substantial threat of bodily harm” and “neglect.”
The subsequent day, an investigator “made an excellent religion try to go to the kid sufferer and household with out success.”
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The subsequent entry is the go to two months in a while Might 24. That night time, Hagler walked as much as her sleeping little one and slipped a plastic bag over her head, in response to police. Amaria awakened and commenced screaming, “Momma cease,” however Hagler continued to carry the lady down, in response to police and prosecutors.
Hagler, who had drunk bleach, then put the bag over her personal head and lay subsequent to her daughter on the mattress. Hagler’s brother-in-law discovered them round 11 a.m. the following day and known as his spouse, who known as 911.
The lady was pronounced lifeless on the first-floor residence within the 4600-block of North Winthrop Avenue. An post-mortem decided she had died from accidents suffered throughout an assault and in addition had accidents in line with asphyxiation.
Hagler, 38, was handled at Weiss Memorial Hospital and charged with first-degree homicide.
In an announcement to detectives, Hagler mentioned she killed her daughter as a result of “she thought (the lady) did not love her anymore and he or she was taking her dad’s aspect. She felt it was their time to go.”
Hagler admitted having used the drug PCP just lately, and a toxicology report confirmed the drug in her system, prosecutors mentioned.
The ultimate entry within the DCFS timeline is Might 26: “The investigation by DCFS is ongoing whereas legislation enforcement continues their prison investigation and as DCFS awaits a closing report from the medical expert.”
McCaffrey mentioned the company can be figuring out “applicable personnel motion” for the investigator and supervisor.
(Supply: Solar-Instances Media Wire – Copyright Chicago Solar-Instances 2022.)