Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Rylan Harris - 2020

13-year-old Rylan Harris was found dead in the Arkansas River after he ran away with other boys at his age from a group home. The reason for his escape attempt is not known nor is the reason for him being placed there.

Somewhere out there a family now morns his death.

We have to remember that while he is only one out of about 200 children mentioned on this blog, he was also an individual person with relatives who misses him. A person who might have been grown up and made something out of live, if he had been allowed.

May he find peace where he is now.


Saturday, September 11, 2021

Jared Camacho - 2020

No one seems to know what caused 12-year-old Jared Camacho to run away from the Rose-Mary Center. He ended up on highway with lots of traffic and he was struck by a vehicle.

It is worth to investigate but it to understand why focus has been on the family who so tragicly lost one of their family members.

12 years is very little to be allowed to live.

May he find peace where he is now.


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Andrew Potter - 2018

15-year-old Andrew Potter was hit by a car when he tried to escape Devereux Cleo Wallace in Westminster. While the identity of the driver was not clear, the victim was. A boy who was only allowed 15 years to live in this world. We do not know the circumstances that led to his placement at this facility which had its share of controversial media articles covering its way of doing business over the years but we do know that he never made it back to safety among friends and family. It must have been a terrible loss for them.

May he find peace where he is now.


Monday, June 21, 2021

Timmy Montoya-Kloepfel - 2020

12-year-old Timmy Montoya-Kloepfel was hit by a vehicle when he tried to escape from the Tennyson Center for Children in Denver. As his conditions worsened his mother made the painful decision to send him to a place where there were supposed to be round-the-clock supervision until he could get better. The supervision proved to insufficient and provided him the possibility to escape resulting in his death of a random driver who had no chance to avoid the terrible collision.

How the treatment center was allowed to operate and fail families remains unanswered.

May he find peace where he is now.


Sunday, May 30, 2021

Monrius Rendon - 2020

15-year-old Monrius Rendon died while trying to swin during an outing organized by the Cape Cod Adolescent Treatment Center where he was forced to live after the state decided that he could not not stay with his mother as they believed she was not doing a good job. It is clear that the state did not do a good job either because he is dead!

Maybe the policies are wrong. Maybe more should be done to support and enabled children to remain at home while the entire family is wrapped by support of counselors and advisors. Because do you put a lot of teenagers together with just the cheapest man-power to guard them, the teenagers jump to ideas popping up in the moment like going for a swin without considering the dangers of doing so. That is not a criticism targeted against the minors who happened to be there or the understaffed employeed who were assigned to the teenagers at the moment. It is a criticism to the system represented by the Arkansas Department of Human Services which in my mind now has blood on their hands.

Monrius Rendon was never given the chance to show his potential in life and his family misses him.

May he find peace where he is now


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