LARGO, Florida. – The foster parents of a 2-year-old Florida boy who police say was killed by his mother asking for a “fundamental review” of the state’s child protective services system, while the data of the victim was the focus of the social workers of the time he was 3 months old.
Sam and Julia Warren said: as Jordan Belliveau has not yet been returned to his biological parents, he would still be alive and well in their house. Jordan’s body was found in a wooded area near St. Petersburg, on Tuesday. His 21-year-old mother, Charisse Stinson, in the first instance, told Largo police a stranger had abducted him, but then said she hit her boy.
“We hope that Jordan’s loss will lead to the change that is needed to protect other endangered children in the system,” Sam Warren said at a news conference, reading a statement. “Jordan is failed by the system. He was not by many people who should have protected him but not. Promises that were made to us about how he would be protected after his return were broken.”
Because of what happened in Jordan, the Warrens said they were looking for “a fundamental rethinking of the whole (child protective services) system.”
Jordan was returned to his mother on May 31, 2018, the Warrens said. Prior to that time he had lived with the Warrens for the most part of his young life.
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 complaints, tracking of wanted persons, and recover 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.
The researcher also noted that Stinson does not seem to think she had done anything wrong.
“They don’t seem to see that the proximity of the fight with the child in her arms, put the child in an unsafe situation,” the researcher said.