Ta'Naejah McCloud died about two weeks ago. The 5-year-old girl's mother, Tequila Crump, and another woman, Ursula Owens, are charged in connection with her death. Owens' 15-year-old son says he watched the fatal beating. It's a story that's so sad and so frustrating.
Apparently, complaints of abuse and neglect were called into children and family services in October, then again in February. The social worker is only required to visit the house once a month, but she visited eight times between February and March. She apparently went well above-and-beyond what's required.
And yet, none of it worked, none of it kept a little 5-year-old girl from losing her life.
Many weeks I stand up here and think I have the answer. I at least try to have an avenue to explore. But I don't know what to say about this. There are plenty of good people in this story. The person who adopted Ursula Owens' 15-year-old son. The 15-year-old himself who tried to get someone to dial 911. The social worker who clearly tried to do whatever she could -- visited the home, took the family to the doctor, and even bought bus tickets.
And yet, none of it saved Ta'Naejah McCLoud.
What can we do? What should we do? How can we protect our children?
We'll keep investigating this story. Hopefully somewhere, someone -- maybe us -- will turn up something that helps save the next little girl or boy who's alone in the house with no one to protect them at the moment they need it the most.
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