Lamar Hayslett was among 27 children in Illinois to die of abuse or neglect in DCFS’ last reporting year whose families had previous contact with the agency, a Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ examination of records has found.
The number of kids who died from abuse or neglect over the past five years in Illinois is higher than the state’s child-welfare agency has reported, according to new figures Tuesday from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
The acting director of DCFS says she is assembling experts to examine the rising number of abuse and neglect deaths among children who have had involvement with the agency, in response to a Sun-Times and WBEZ investigation.
DCFS Director Richard Calica resigned Friday. It comes in the midst of a joint WBEZ/Chicago Sun-Times investigation probing into the uptick in deaths of kids under the watch of the Department of Children and Family Services. We learn more about the names behind the numbers.
State child-welfare investigators first suspected something was wrong inside little Jillian Kalous’ home on April 24, 2012. That’s when the then-3-month-old girl was admitted to Sherman Hospital in Elgin with multiple broken bones.