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2YO Foster Child Murdered, Previous Abuse Complaints on Foster Home – California

November 1st, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

UPDATE: July 20, 1010. Foster Mom + Boyfriend Formally Charged for Girl’s Hammer Death. Bail Set in Millions. Los Angeles (KABC). A Los Angeles foster mom has been charged in the death of a 2-year-old girl who was killed with a hammer. Police said 30-year-old Kiana Barker was arrested Thursday on murder and child abuse charges. They say Barker initially told investigators she accidentally hit Viola Vanclief with a hammer while trying to free the girl, who had become trapped in a bed frame. But authorities say records show the child had several bruises. The girl died on March 4. Barker is being held on $1.1 million bail. Her boyfriend, 38-year-old James Julian is facing an accessory to murder charge. His bail is set at $1.6 million. Related Content on link: County fires foster care agency after deaths, Foster mom previously accused of abuse, Foster mom + boyfriend probed in child’s death. http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=7564504

Report: Foster mom previously accused of abuse. March 18, 2010, South Los Angeles, KABC. The family of a two-year-old girl who died after being beaten with a hammer questioned how the toddler was placed in the South Los Angeles home following a report that the foster mother had been the subject of five child abuse complaints.
A South Los Angeles foster mother and her live-in boyfriend are under investigation in the death of a 2-year-old girl who was struck with a hammer. Thirty-year-old Kiana Barker and her boyfriend, 38-year-old James Julian, were arrested on suspicion of murder, then released after prosecutors sent the case back to the police and coroner for further investigation.
Barker told investigators that she accidentally struck Viola with a hammer while trying to free her after the girl became trapped in a metal bed frame from the torso down on March 4.
The coroner ruled the death a homicide caused by blunt force trauma. There was also bruising to the lower back, buttocks and hips, according to the complaint filed by the Department of Social Services.
“How can you hit a child with a hammer and not take them to the hospital. It just don’t make sense to me,” the victim’s sister, Sonja Vanclief of Columbus, Ohio said in a phone interview. “Just talking about it is just so sad because she was just an innocent child. Children are the purest things in this world, especially when they died young, they come back directly from God.”
Multiple agencies are investigating the toddler’s death. Her family now questions whether Viola would have been better off with her birth mother, Olivia Vanclief. The family acknowledges Olivia was bi-polar. The Los Angeles Times reports she was also a drug addict. She is currently in a rehab program, where we cannot reach her.
Yet there were also danger signs with foster mother Kiana Barker. The Los Angeles Times, citing confidential records, reports there were five allegations against her and one substantiated complaint that Barker had severely neglected her own child in 2002. Under state rules, the inconclusive cases should have been entered into the state database and might have precluded a state license.
The non-profit group United Care Inc. placed Viola with Barker. Child care workers failed to discover that Barker’s boyfriend, convicted felon James Julian, was living at the home. Both adults should have been disqualified from caring for a foster child.
“The Department of the Children and Family Services joins the community in mourning the loss of the child Viola,” said Neil Zanville, a spokesperson for the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services. Department officials pledge to work with every agency to determine what went wrong. “Safety remains our first and foremost concern and we’re committed to keeping children safe whenever possible,” said Zanville.
But Viola’s family still has many questions and doubts. “She was a child. She couldn’t fend for herself and in actuality they put her in more danger than my mom would have,” said Sonja Vanclief.
The child welfare workers who were in charge of checking in on Viola have been placed on desk duty pending the outcome of the investigation.
The LAPD juvenile division is seeking the public’s help in the case. Anyone with information was asked to call (213) 486-0580. http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=7338830

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  1. MsCatlover1994
    November 1st, 2011 at 09:36 | #1

    I’ll tell them what …
    I’ll tell them what went wrong, this sweet little baby was placed in an unsafe home because nobody bothered to check on her of check the foster mother’s background/! How could those monsters treat that little girl like that? Her childhood was stolen from her, she never got the chance to grow up. I don’t understand why someone would beat a child with a hammer, there isn’t a punishment harsh enough for killing a child. She couldn’t defend herself, she just had to suffer.

  2. Sherayx
    November 1st, 2011 at 09:36 | #2


  3. peace454rock
    November 1st, 2011 at 09:36 | #3

    what is this world …
    what is this world coming into

  4. queentrissa
    November 1st, 2011 at 09:36 | #4

    @EreBeMonsters Yeah …
    @EreBeMonsters Yeah seriously… that is exactly what I thought..

  5. xxXDrunkSquirrelXxx
    November 1st, 2011 at 09:36 | #5

    ?Rest In …

    ?Rest In Peace, Baby Girl.
    ?You Were Born An Angel.
    ?You Lived An Angel.
    ?And You Died An Angel.
    ?God Bless You And Those Who Love You.
    ?Those Family Services Need To Do So Much Better. There Have Been Too Many Tragedies Like This One.?

  6. NaomiChambers
    November 1st, 2011 at 09:36 | #6


    i …

    i was thinking the same thing.

  7. EreBeMonsters
    November 1st, 2011 at 09:36 | #7

    “how can you hit a …
    “how can you hit a child and not take them to a hospital?”
    WTF! is that lady stupid?

  8. LukeBorusiewicz
    November 1st, 2011 at 09:36 | #8

    Poor little baby, …
    Poor little baby, rest in peace.
    Luke’s Army.

  9. smmeegal
    November 1st, 2011 at 09:36 | #9

    Poor baby!!:(
    Poor baby!!:(

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