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CPS worker placed on leave while state following death of baby girl – Macomb Daily | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey


Kinsley Evans (FAMILY PHOTO via GOFUNDME.COM)

A supervisor with the Michigan Child Protective Services has been placed on administrative leave while authorities investigate the death of a baby girl who was under the state’s supervision.

The family of 9-month-old Kinsley Evans, who died Monday in Eastpointe, said they have been trying to regain custody of her and have repeatedly asked Detroit police and CPS to take action for the girl’s safety.

Kinsley died at an area hospital, where she was rushed after she stopped breathing.

“The system failed me,” her mother, Keondra Irving, said on a GoFundMe page to raise funds to “seek justice.”

“I need justice the family is suffering from this. We ask if anybody can please help anything will help please pray for our family.”

Family members say the little girl had been in the care of her biological father since Memorial Day, although his visit was only supposed to be a couple of hours. When family went to pick her up, they were turned away.

Kinsley’s grandmother Asia Nelson told Fox2 Detroit the last time she was seen alive was at an apartment complex near Schaefer Highway and Interstate 96 on Detroit’s west side.

She said they contacted Detroit police earlier this month to conduct a welfare check. An officer who was allowed to see seeing the baby inside an apartment, reported she was doing fine.

The family tried to get CPS involved and petitioned the 36th District Court, but the matter wasn’t addressed in time to save the toddler.

According to the family, Kinsley’s body showed signs of abuse but as of Thursday, a cause of death had not yet been determined.

A spokesman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said the department isn’t allowed to discuss specifics of the case. But a CPS supervisor involved in the case has been placed on administrative leave while the department investigates how it was handled.

“The death of any child is heartbreaking. MDHHS offers our condolences to baby Kinsley’s family,” spokesman Bob Wheaton said in a statement.

“The department is constantly implementing reforms to improve its child protection system by continually evaluating family needs and our approach to child safety. Lessons learned from abuse cases like the one involving Kinsley inform our reform efforts that are in the department’s Keep Kids Safe Action Agenda and are at the front of the minds of our workers who care about children and are deeply affected by the loss of any child’s life.”

A funeral service for Kinsley will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 6 at Q.A. Cantrell Funeral Services,  LLC.
22121 Kelly Road (south of Nine Mile Road), Eastpointe.

 

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