LARGO, Florida. – Five months for a Florida toddler was found dead, his court-appointed lawyer child told the judge that the boy should not be returned to his mother.
The Tampa Bay Times reported on Friday that its objection is overruled.
On Tuesday, 2-year-old Jordan Belliveau’s body was found in the woods behind a baseball field. The police arrested his 21-year-old mother, Charisse Stinson and charged her with first-degree murder. Researchers say that they become familiar of the Jordan, in the head during a moment of frustration.
The more details emerge about the boy’s short life, the clearer it was that he was heavily involved in Florida’s complex child welfare system. It is raising more questions about why he returned to his parents and how he fell through the cracks. Even as Jordan’s guardian ad litem fought against his return to his mother from foster care, records show, a case manager for a state contractor pushed to the boy to give back to the Stinson.
While the system gives to family reunification, an expert called it “a balancing act between difficult circumstances.
“It is a difficult decision sometimes,” said Irene Sullivan, a former judge and an adjunct professor of juvenile law at Stetson University College of Law. “I’m sure all the people in this matter feel very sad about what happened, but it is a part of the process to these discussions.”
Jordan’s first contact with child protective investigators came in October 2016, just three months after he was born, the Tampa Bay Times reported , quoting Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and child protective services reports. Jordan was living in a house with his father, a well-known member of the gang also with the name Jordan, is a grandmother and uncle, the reports said.
The elder Jordan was shot in his driveway and then again at the end of the street, according to the reports, which also say he threatened the woman with a gun that same night.
A Clearwater police officer told child welfare investigators he had been to the house several times to respond to weapons complaint, the detection of wanted persons and recovery of stolen cars.
“The parents knowingly allow their son to live in a dangerous environment,” and “do not understand the danger of the baby is in the near of gang members,” a child researcher the report said, according to the Times.
Even in foster care, Jordan was allowed at least one unsupervised visit with his parents, on 18 June 2017, which he caught in the middle of a fight between his father and a rival that ended with Jordan getting hit in the lip and is being treated by the emergency medical technicians, the newspaper reported.
At the time that a child protection investigator, said in a written report that Jordan was calm, and “not seem to be in any distress,” and Stinson refused to get her son to the hospital.
Mariela Ollsen, the circuit director of the guardian ad litem program, said she could not comment on the details of the case, but said that her organization plans to work on a review being conducted by the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Records from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office that conducts child protective investigations in the county, more details about the guardian trepidation.
The guardian was “always against the unification,” a researcher wrote, but a social services case manager “was for the mother and wanted her to go forward with the reunion.”
Information: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.