Another story of child abuse hit South Carolina in November 2013. This time, an 11-year-old boy was found handcuffed to a porch with a dead chicken draped around his neck in Union, South Carolina.
A sheriff’s deputy found the child handcuffed and shivering when the deputy was searching for a stray pig that had been reported to be on the property.
The most appalling fact about this story is that the 11 year-old was under the care of a foster family. In fact, the foster parents were responsible for five children between the ages of 8 and 14. The children have since been taken back by South Carolina’s Department of Social Services, while the parent has been arrested. Likewise, a supervisor at the local DSS office was arrested and charged with failure to exercise her duty as a public official.
I would like to say that we can rest at ease knowing the children are back in the care of DSS, but it was DSS that truly failed these children in the first place. Moreover, these repulsive acts caused me to reflect back to another story I wrote about DSS earlier this month.
State agencies such as DSS are intended to help prevent foster home abuse and protect young people. It is therefore alarming how many children have been abused or died in the supposed care of the state.
My firm handles child abuse cases, not only to seek justice for victims, but in hopes of making South Carolina safer for young people. If DSS and abusive foster parents are not held accountable, these disgusting injustices will continue. Please help us in taking a stand against foster home abuse and neglect by contacting your local DSS office and finding out what they have done to correct the problems endangering foster children.