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Fenty to fire up to 8 within child agency
“CFSA had all the information that was needed,” Mr. Fenty, a Democrat, said at a press conference alongside agency Director Sharlynn Bobo and other city officials. “And that’s why we think the buck stops with CFSA.”
The firings follow the discovery Wednesday of the girls’ badly decomposed bodies and the subsequent investigation into whether officials missed signs that could have prevented the deaths. U.S. marshals found the bodies when serving an eviction notice at a home in the 4200 block of Sixth Street Southeast. The children’s mother, Banita Jacks, 33, who answered the door, was charged the next day with killing her daughters — ages 5, 6, 11 and 16. She told investigators that the children were “possessed by demons.”
Mr. Fenty said six agency employees — including a division director — would receive a termination notice yesterday. He also said two more could be fired as the investigation continues into the city’s failed efforts to find the children when they were still alive.
The Fenty administration declined to release the names of the employees and their positions, citing personnel rules.
“We deeply regret — I deeply regret — our failures in responding effectively and rapidly to this family,” Miss Bobo said.
He also said city officials at every level must accept responsibility for failures that led to the tragedy.
“If you’re looking for me to stand here and give you some excuse why this wasn’t detected earlier, [I’m] very simply not going to do it,” he said.
Kathy Lopes, a social worker at Booker T. Washington Public Charter School Northwest, also called an agency hot line on April 27 with concerns about the family.
On a recording of the hot line call released by city officials, Miss Lopes said Miss Jacks told her that she was not allowing Brittany to go to school because she thought she would run away. The social worker said Miss Jacks was “holding [Brittany] hostage in the home.”
Miss Lopes also called the Metropolitan Police Department’s nonemergency number April 30 to report her concerns and complained that she was transferred back and forth.
She said that the Jacks’ home, and the children whom she could see, appeared unkempt and that Miss Jacks showed signs of mental illness.
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