Two-Year-Old Taken from Parents Because They Smoked Pot is Murdered in Foster Care
Two-year-old Alexandria Hill was placed in foster care after her parents were caught smoking marijuana in their home while she slept. Authorities charged them with "neglectful supervision," and just months away from getting their baby back, the loving parents learned they would never see their young child again. Placed in a foster home to protect her from them, Alexandria was brutally killed.
On Monday night, tiny "Alex," as her parents called her, was flown to Scott and White Children’s Emergency Hospital in Temple, Texas with severe head injuries.
“They wouldn't tell me what condition she was in or what was wrong or what had happened," her father, Joshua Hill, told KVUE-TV. "The only thing they would tell me is I needed to be there. When I got there, I found out that Alex was in a coma."
Two nights passed, and Alex was taken off life support. Foster mother Sherill Small was arrested and charged with murder.
“She would come to visitation with bruises on her, and mold and mildew in her bag," Hill told KVUE-TV, "It got to a point where I actually told CPS that they would have to have me arrested because I wouldn't let her go back."
Alex's dad admitted to using marijuana -- a drug much safer than alcohol or cigarettes -- but said she was never mistreated. "We never hurt our daughter. She was never sick, she was never in the hospital, and she never had any issues until she went into state care," he told KVUE-TV.
The last time Hill saw his daughter, “We got to sit down at McDonald's and have lunch and play for a while,” he told KVUE-TV, “She got a little 'Despicable Me 2' toy in her happy meal and she loved it. She kept climbing up in my lap and she fed me french fries.”
The tragedy raises questions about laws equating marijuana use with neglect, particularly when the punishment involves placing a child in a potentially abusive environment, away from loving parents. Incidents of abuse are higher than average in foster homes, and children often struggle to thrive away from their parents. Thus, the removal of children from their parents' home should be executed rarely and only in times of absolute necessity.
In the case of Alexandria Hill, she was clearly much safer with her parents than in foster care. Rather than helping her, removing this little girl from a loving home on a flimsy pretext is what killed her.
Watch the heartbreaking video below, but be aware that images are graphic and very difficult to watch.
This post was modified from its original form on 08 Aug, 6:01
This is a horrific story and child services have no common sense and no rights in many of these cases to act so extreme and remove the child from the parents.
For what? They smoked pot. They abided by the laws, worked, cared for child, no other excuse. This was Texas! I know it would not happen in NE, esp. MA.
What is wrong with this picture. Fact: many foster homes are very questionable as the people do it to get money as they are PAID for each child they take in. Why not scrutinzie these foster homes more?
This was once a problem in MA but it got so out-of-control and disasterous that finally something was done about it.
It is very very hard to remove a child from natural mother or parents today. Even if parent is coming down from heroin abuse, the child is never severed as the mom is given extensive rehab and counseling and when clean child is back with her but under strict supervision.
And I am talking heroin, not pot. This whole case disgusts me.
I think there is something seriously wrong in Texas and if there are any more cases like this, there should be an over-all investigation into the system there.
Chile you live in Texas, why don't you work on this kind of injustice?
it is not just texas,cps is an evil dept,like any other govt program,it is evil.in brooklyn there was a little girl named nixtmary brown,parents had 15!!!!!cps contacts,never took her from the home.Her step father ended up beating her to death.then you have the govt with their agenda,taking a chid treated well form a loving home.....for ganja????!!!!?!?!?!?!cps ever came to my door,I would tie them up and run away with the children.Hide them before they come and get me.we would be out of the country before they caught up to us.