Thursday, March 24, 2011

Typical: Union Boss Blames Budget Cuts for Worker Negligence in Child's Death

I'd bet every last nickel I have that you could have given these two maggots six-figure salaries with lavish benefits and three months vacation and they still wouldn't have done their jobs. Whatever the case, their negligence contributed to the death of a Brooklyn child and the only reaction from their union boss is to blame alleged budget cuts. Hey, here's an idea: Why don't they hold a protest and blame all the Democrats running New York City?
Two former child welfare workers were indicted Wednesday in the death of a Brooklyn girl who was starved, beaten and drugged - the first such prosecution in city history.

Despite numerous warning signs, Administration for Children's Services caseworker Damon Adams never visited the Bedford-Stuyvesant home where 4-year-old Marchella Brett-Pierce was found dead in September, prosecutors said.

Adams, 36, is also accused of falsifying records after the girl died weighing just 18 pounds. Chereece Bell, 34, the caseworker's direct supervisor, was charged with failing to monitor his work.

"To say there was no failure here would just defy logic and common sense," Judge Patricia DiMango said in Brooklyn Criminal Court on Wednesday.

Adams and Bell pleaded not guilty to charges of criminally negligent homicide, official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child.

Bell's bail was set at $25,000. Adams, who was hit with additional tampering and falsifying records charges, was ordered held on $35,000 bail.

"This child was wasting away," prosecutor Jacqueline Kagan said. Had the ACS workers done their job, "this child would have been removed" from the home, Kagan said.
Predictably, the union boss accepts zero responsibility.
Faye Moore, the head of the Social Service Employees Union, said ACS layoffs and program cuts have overburdened workers.

In a statement, ACS said the indictments "may have the opposite effect from what's intended because it may discourage excellent, idealistic individuals from taking" jobs as social workers.
They were so overburdened they never visited the home?

This is now at least five children dead due to negligence. At some point incompetence and laziness should be recognized as a factor, not budget cuts.

Maybe the city should consider privatizing ACS.


Flight-ER-Doc said...

Why aren't these thugs being charged with the recent favorite "theft of honest services"?  Or is that charge just for whitey?

rich b said...

And why isn't the fat POS the RevRearend Al Sharpton johnny-on-the-spot when it comes to showing up and making a stink here? I think we know the answer. He can't get any mileage or extort any cash out of this worthless pair of shit-stains who let this child die and he doesn't really give a shit about black-on-black crime. More reason Black Americans have to fear each other than the "man". Jesse and Al - why aren't you two "champions" of African-Americans speaking out? I can't hear you.