Protesters say DCF failed to protect child

Published: Sep. 23, 2016 at 6:34 PM CDT
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Police continue to investigate what caused bruises on a one year-old girl's face.

She is the same child we told you early this week has two broken arms and a fractured skull.

Talyn Roads faces child abuse charges for the injuries, but a small group of protesters say the Department for Children and Families (DCF) is partially responsible as well.

"I feel that DCF has failed to protect the children that do need," said Sammy Sage, who is the girlfriend of the father. "Ciana is the third child that's been abused and been neglected by DCF. She's blessed to be in a hospital bed and not a casket."

Sage said she took a photo showing bruises to the girl's face Aug. 9. Sage said she told DCF about the injuries. She said DCF investigated, but couldn't prove the injuries were abuse, so the girl was returned to her mother and her mother's boyfriend.

Less than a month later, police arrested Roades for child abuse after the girl suffered two broken arms and a fractured skull.

"I hope that DCF will maybe step up their game and realize that children are dying, children are ending up in hospital beds and caskets, and I pray this doesn't happen again," Sage said.

DCF released this statement: Due to confidentiality requirements, we are not allowed to discuss specific cases. It's important to note, as is often misreported, the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) has no legal authority to remove children from their homes. Placement decisions are made at the discretion of the presiding judge. Without specifically addressing this case, anytime a child is seriously harmed at the hands of a caregiver or others, it is a tragedy. And we take these tragedies seriously. Our caring staff works diligently to keep children safe. Kansas has one of the safest child welfare systems in the country.

"It is our understanding that two separate groups protested at our Wichita Service Center today-those who oppose the agency's recommendations for removal, and those who believe we have failed to make recommendations for removal. This demonstrates the complexities and dilemma our staff faces on a daily basis. The public is rarely aware of all circumstances surrounding abuse/neglect investigations."

Wichita Police department said it is working with the district attorney's office as it looks into the Aug. 9 incident.