BOSTON (CBS) – The state launched a scathing report Tuesday evening on the horrific demise of a teen in Fall River. Neglected and abused, 14-year-old David Almond died in his father’s custody.
The report locations a lot blame on native and state businesses that ought to have protected him together with the Fall River School Department.
When the 14-year-old died in October of 2020, he weighed about 80 kilos. Fall River Police discovered him in a Green Street dwelling emaciated, lined in feces, bruises and cuts.
“The house of horrors that was allowed to happen and what these two people, who are human beings, were allowed to do to young kids,” mentioned Matthew Malone, Superintendent of Fall River Schools.
Living with autism and developmental disabilities, David and his triplet brother, police say had been starved by their father John Michael Almond and his girlfriend Jaclyn Marie Coleman. The pair obtained custody of the boys simply because the COVID-19 pandemic began and enrolled them in Fall River Public School’s distant studying.
“The parents were purposely logging on, we never had eyes on,” Malone mentioned. “They lied to us. We made contact every week and they gave us nothing but lies and deceit, and stories. Foolishly because we’re humans and we want the best, we believed them.”
A new report by the Office of the Child Advocate says the college division and Department of Children and Families, who had been additionally concerned with the household, each might have performed extra to guard the kids.
“It is tough to read, you never want to accept that we could have done more, but we could have done more,” Malone mentioned.
Fall River has already applied adjustments in protocol together with college students should now have their cameras on for distant studying, a disaster group has been created to establish at-risk college students, and coaching for all employees for indicators of abuse and neglect.
“I failed my responsibility because this happened under my watch, so I’m responsible,” Malone mentioned. “This kid’s dead I got to live with that. But I can also make sure that we’re doing more and more, making sure that we got eyes on, that we’re caring 24/7/365.”
A 3rd brother was not residing within the dwelling. Recently prosecutors indicted the kids’s father and his girlfriend, charging them with second diploma homicide and abuse and neglect of a disabled particular person.