Warwick Baby Dies Not Long After Home Was Investigated Twice By Rhode Island DCYF, Which Seems To Be An Incompetently Run Organization
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WPRI: Willow Ramos’ short life ended Tuesday night, when Warwick Police say she was found unresponsive by her mother in the family’s Airway Road home and later pronounced dead at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The 7-month-old baby’s father, Ryan Beeley, was formally charged Wednesday with cruelty to or neglect of a child, a felony that carries up to three years in prison. While police continued their investigation into the infant’s death, the state’s Department of Children, Youth and Families disclosed that the family had been twice investigated after being reported to the DCYF.
“We can confirm previous involvement with the family where we twice investigated concerns communicated through our Child Abuse Hotline,” a DCYF spokesperson said Wednesday. “Upon investigation, in both cases, we concluded that the allegations were unsubstantiated. The family was not formally involved with DCYF as a result of the unsubstantiated findings.”
In at least one of those cases, Warwick Police said they were called by Ryan Beeley himself to inform the police that his family members were at the home and questioning the parents’ ability to care for Willow. She was six weeks old at the time. “They had some concerns as to the suitability of the parents,” Major Brad Connor said Wednesday. He said the police found no issues when they responded to the home, and referred the case to the DCYF.
Separately, the state’s Office of the Child Advocate announced Wednesday it is adding the recent death of a 7-month-old baby to its current caseload, though it did not specifically name Willow. That independent agency, which describes itself as a watchdog over the DCYF, is currently reviewing four child deaths and two near-deaths. The panel will issue a report and make recommendations to better protect children after the review.
Warwick police have not disclosed what alleged actions or inactions were committed by Mr. Beeley to warrant the neglect charge. Police said Willow was found in a bedroom and did not have any visible injuries. An autopsy was slated to be performed Wednesday to determine Willow’s cause of death. Police said the home was in “relatively deplorable condition” when police responded, and also had code violations. Housing officials have been asked to assist police with evaluating the home’s condition, Major Connor said.
This is a sensitive issue obviously, and I don’t wanna jump to conclusions without more facts. All we know is that a Dad has been arrested for cruelty or neglect to a child. And I’m pretty sure they don’t arrest you unless they have something on you. The cops said the house was in deplorable condition, and had multiple code violations.
I was expecting to find ratchet behavior, but it doesn’t look like that at all. We do not know these people. They could be good people for all we know and this could be a tragic accident.
But at the same time the fact that DCYF was called to their house is troubling, as is the fact that Dad was arrested. Because the cops aren’t going to arrest you if you did nothing wrong. Plus, Ryan Beeley’s own family were the ones who brought up the issue that they were unfit to parent. And Ryan Beeley himself called DCYF in order to prove them wrong. Sorry, I just can’t relate to that. That’s not a normal thing that happens to normal families. And neither is the fact that Dad was arrested 17 times between 2003-2013 for domestic and drug violations.
But regardless, I’m just not willing cast judgement on this until more is known. A lot could’ve happened. Dad could’ve fallen asleep while the baby was napping, something happened, he woke up to his worst nightmare, and got charged with neglect. Or he could’ve been high, the place could’ve been trashed, and there could’ve been needles in open sight. The guy has been arrested for drug possession before. Regardless, he’s in his own personal hell right now, which is worse punishment than any jail sentence could ever do to a man. If we find out this guy and his wife are bottom feeding cheesehogs who pulled a Blackstone House of Horrors, then we’ll rip into them. But for now we just don’t have enough information to go on so we refuse to jump on the bandwagon and bust out the pitchforks.
To me this once again points to the failures of the DCYF system. And Rhode Island DCYF is one of the most notoriously poorly run operations in existence. Last year they were investigated after four children, including two infants, died in foster care within a period of a few months.
The cops said the house was in deplorable condition. This is one of the only pictures we could find of the house on Facebook. And as you can see, the front stoop is collecting all sorts of random crap that probably would’ve ended up on our blog if we did a bone ride through Warwick.
Yet not too long before that DCYF came to the house and said everything was fine. So what the hell is going on here? Did they just put on a show for DCYF when they came over and pretend to have a clean house? Or did DCYF just not do its job, as we’ve seen with babies like Avalena Conway in Massachusetts?
The bottom line is that the girl died because of neglect. That’s Dad’s fault and he has to live with that. But DCYF should’ve been doing random checkups after they already responded to the house twice. The fact that you can investigate a family not once, but twice, and still not have them registered with the system, is a joke.
Maybe you know more about this. Were they normal parents? Was this a freak accident? Have you tried to get Rhode Island DCYF to look into the safety of other children and been unsatisfied with their response? If so, please feel free to message us on Facebook or email us at [email protected] with more information.
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