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Investigation finds Serious Problems at Foster Home Where Child Died

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Latasha Riles has 7 children.
    Last year Child Protective Services took all of her kids into protective custody.
    We asked Riles if she was having issues with drugs.
    "Yes sir," Riles replied. "I have smoked marijuana I'm not going to lie about it, I've done things I know I wasn't suppose to do."
    Riles, who has never been convicted of a crime was, according to CPS a neglectful, abusive parent.
    "I did the best I could to make sure they had everything they needed," Riles said. "They never went homeless, they never went around dirty they always had a place to stay."
    But after just two months in CPS's custody, 3-year-old Markel Collins died.
    Markel, who had a trache due to breathing problems and required special medical attention was living in a licensed foster care home operated by Depelchin Children's Center.
    According to findings from a state investigation the foster home failed to call 911 immediately after Markel became non-responsive.
    "The whole 3 years she's with me she didn't pass away and within 2 months she passes away in you all's custody, come on," Riles said.
    Markel's death, according to autopsy findings was due to natural causes.
    But now her mother wonders if the delay in calling for help played a part in her child's death.
    The state investigation found several troubling deficiencies at the foster home where Markel and two other children lived.
    Those deficiencies include,
    " A caregiver falling to ensure the safety and well being of three children by leaving them with unsupervised with an unapproved, untrained and unqualified person."
    According to the report, abuse and neglect were also found during the investigation.
    In a prepared statement Depelchin Children's Center says confidentiality laws prohibit them from giving us any specifics about the foster home or the deficiencies cited by state investigators.
    The agency tells us on Tuesday, the day after the state released it's findings the foster home was officially closed.
 

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