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Khalil Wimes UpdateJun 19, 2012 | News Archive
In a story of child abuse, could it have been prevented?
Barbara Grant, host of Talking Drum line talked with the relatives of the late Khalil Wimes, and the horrible DHS decision to return the child back to his birth parents. The case goes as follows: Khalil was taken from his parents after DHS learned that he was in an abusive household,( not being fed or provided clean clothes, etc), when his biological parents pleaded to the courts that they were getting better at parenting, DHS then took Khalil out of the safe environment of his relatives and returned him legally to his parents. Two weeks after, 6-year old Khalil Wimes was found dead in his parents’ house and the now the relatives are fighting back against the state.
Like the all too familiar Raising Isaiah film scenario about a drug addict mother wanting her child back, the same, sort of, can be applied to the story about Khalil Wimes. Except that Khalil was better off in the hands of his foster parents who happened to be close relatives. Every day, the courts rule over families who have these lingering cases of whether or not children should be returned to their birth parents and under what specific stipulations.
According to the PA Department of Aging, “One in ten grandparents has been the primary caregiver and support of a grandchild at some time in their lives.” In the last decade, grandparents who are 50+ years old are reverting back to parenting their grandchildren and other underage relatives, stepping in when “adult” relatives are not able or willing to raise their offspring.
As a follow-up interview on Talking Drumline, Barbara Grant spoke with the relatives of 6-year old Khalil Wimes. In the podcast below, the grandparents and aunts are enraged at the state for their premature decision and are doing their own little investigation to bring them justice. Currently, they are calling on the Attorney General of PA Linda L. Kelly to reopen the case in efforts to sue DHS for wrongfully not obeying the law. Apparently, each year 50,000 children are returned to their parents even though the root as to why they were removed from the household was neglect and abuse.
More updates here: http://newsroom.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/02/parents-charged-in-death-of-six-year-old-boy/
Posted By: Melissa HendersonNews