From: Foster Care Justice Alliance
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2008 1:36 PM
To: Susan Muggoch
Subject: Langley case

 
October 13, 2008
 
Susan Muggoch
Constituent Relations
DSHS
 
RE: Foster Child S. of Dick and Amy Langley
 
 
Hello Susan,
 
I heard some rather disturbing news over the weekend.  The child S. was in the ER this Saturday after an unsupervised visit. She was in respiratory distress and had welts across her right buttock.  This is after a previous allegation regarding an injury to the child's inner thighs was ruled as "unfounded", despite the ER report that the injury was consistent with pinching, and the child's own claim that her mother had done it.  If the first incident was in fact abuse, then "getting away with it" does, in some case, lead to escalation.  If that is the case, then a child with the kind of behavior problems this child has is in serious danger of further escalation.
 
Considering the following factors, we insist that all unsupervised visitation be suspended immediately pending a full review hearing:
The department's handling of this case has been appalling.  We believe the child is in imminent danger if unsupervised visits are not suspended.  As I said in my initial letter, the governor is responsible for the well-being of these children.  We now have an injured child, in spite of repeated warnings.
 
 
Gary Malkasian
President
Foster Care Justice Alliance