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WCVB: The death of an infant boy just months after he was removed from his home by the Department of Children and Families has left his mother devastated and searching for answers in a tragedy she said was preventable.
“The words she tells me is, ‘I’m sorry, your son was found unresponsive this morning,’” said Karissa Jacobs, the mother of 4-month-old Kayden Segal. “That’s the information I got eight hours after he had already passed away.”
That heartbreaking call from a social worker came just two and a half months after the state took custody of Kayden. The little boy was one of two children placed in a Rehoboth foster home by DCF. According to police records obtained by 5 Investigates, the foster family called 911 just after 6 a.m. Sunday after they realized he was not breathing.
“It hurts,” Jacobs said. “He was the happiest baby. He was always smiling as soon as he learned how to smile. He never stopped.”
But Jacobs said she noticed the health of her son declining each time she saw him during her weekly visits. Her last visit was two days before he died.
“His condition just got worse and worse,” Jacobs said. “The last time I saw him on Friday, it sounded like there was fluid in his lungs and he could barely breath.”
5 Investigates asked Jacobs if, after DCF removed Kayden from her home, she had faith that DCF would take care of her son.
“Their job is to put him in a safe place, so yeah, in a sense, I did rely on them to make sure he was safe and they failed to do so,” she said.
5 Investigates has learned that the foster home in question had been licensed and was in good standing from 2006-2008, and from 2013 forward. Despite that, Kayden’s mother said concerns she raised with DCF were ignored and believes her son’s death could have been prevented.
“They said his throwing up was acid reflux,” Jacobs said. “They said his sickness would go away. They always made excuses. He went from the happiest baby to sort of sick to a downward spiral, more fluid in his lungs, more coughing. They saw how sick my son was and nobody did anything about it,” Jacobs said. “Now, he’s not with us.”
The DCF spokesperson said department policy requires two medical appointments for children within the first month of placement. After that, it’s on an as-needed basis. Sources tell 5 Investigates Kayden had been seen by a doctor recently. Kayden was placed in state custody due to safety concerns after domestic violence incidents occurred involving his parents.
A great way to avoid a tragedy like this is to not lose custody of your kids to the state. Because IT’S NOT NORMAL TO LOSE CUSTODY OF YOUR KIDS TO THE STATE!!!
Bang up job of reporting by WCVB by the way. As usual. The question readers really want to know is, why did she lose custody of her kids to DCF? If you’re gonna let someone come on your station and shit all over DCF, you should probably make sure you’re not being fooled by a ratchet. Instead they gave us this:
Kayden was placed in state custody due to safety concerns after domestic violence incidents occurred involving his parents.
What does that even mean? Are they trying to make it seem like she was a victim of abuse? Because I’m pretty sure if you go to the cops and say, “My baby daddy just beat me up, please help,” they don’t take your kids because of that.
So yea, I’d like to cast more judgement, but they gave us nothing to work with here. Karissa Jacobs lacks Google trophies because she’s still pretty young. So I’m just gonna go out on a limb and say that she did something very wrong to end up in this situation. The foster parents are experienced, have a clean record, and live in Rehoboth. So the odds of them being trashbags are slim to none. WCVB and Karissa tell us nothing about how this four month baby got sick. But often kids who end up in DCF custody got there because Mom and Dad had the “disease.”
Either way, a doctor had recently visited the baby. And I trust doctors a lot more than DCF Moms and poorly done WCVB expo-zays combined.
Naturally Mom, who is in mourning, immediately did this:
Yea, fuck this chick. I’ve seen enough. You just lost a child. It’s the most tragic thing that can happen to a person. And you’re on here raising $10,000 for “lawyers to get him justice and make things right?”
Nope. Sit down and shut up.
The kid died in state custody. The government will pay for his funeral expenses. And $10,000 isn’t enough money to hire multiple lawyers (I’m sure they’ve contacted zero lawyers so far) to sue the state. No one made this GoFundMe on her behalf. She did it herself. And all you really need to see is the number of likes she got on her post:
If you lose a baby, start a GoFundMe, and can only get two of your friends to hit the like button, and NONE of them to offer their condolences, that tells me everything I need to know about you. It means your friends don’t support what you’re doing. Because they know what you’re all about, and they know you’re full of shit.
She also started the GFM on Monday. A day after her baby died. Who does that? And all week she’s raised only $565. Do you realize how many skeletons in your closet you have to have to only get that much money in donations if you lose a baby?
As usual when something like this happens, the bleeding hearts and DCF queefstain veteran Moms are out in full force:
Stop making excuses for her. She lost her kid to the state. It’s 100% her fault. You don’t just hand off your newborn baby to the state because you’re “getting your situation sorted out.” What does that even mean? You got hit by an abusive juice donkey? He’s gone and you keep your kid. Problem solved. I love my kids so much that everything I “need to sort out” comes after everything they need. And what my kids need is ME in their lives. I don’t need to sort anything out when it comes to my kids.
But, ya know, only God can judge….
Her kid died because she lost custody of him. Shut the fuck up.
Investigate DCF? For what? The baby was with responsible foster parents and was regularly checked by doctors. Investigation complete.
Then there’s this:
“A lot of the times DCF workers do not even have children of their own yet they feel they can dictate to parents how to take care of their children.”
Ya know who says something like that? Someone with experience losing their children to DCF who was lectured by a foster parent that was probably much better at parenting her children.
Other people just made shit up as they went along:
No. Just no. That’s literally made up. Lots of women are the victims of domestic violence. They don’t automatically lose their kids because of that. Sounds like Paula has some experience herself, as we found out when Karissa herself showed up in the comments:
This is why I started working at Turtleboy. Because I couldn’t stand reading comments like this and keeping my mouth shut anymore. And we’re not afraid to call these people out on their bullshit. Every normal person is thinking it, but the only thing you’re allowed to say is, “sorry for your loss,” and “DCF needs to be investigated.” Fuck that noise fam. I’m not sorry for her loss. I’m sorry that baby is deceased, but in no way, shape, or form do I feel sorry for Karissa.
This was the comment of the century:
“My child was taken at birth due to my 1 year old being in custody only becuz I was homeless.”
Wait…..what?? Your kid was taken from you because you didn’t have a home? And this is a bad thing? Newborn babies should be homeless and live with their crackhead parents? Every single picture this fentanyl farm has with her children is in the DCF visitor’s room:
Oh yea, she’s fit to be a mother. How could a role model like this ever lose custody of her kids to the state? I expected so much more of someone whose wedding pictures are entirely comprised of her making out with some AIDS baster at City Hall.
When this is your support group you know it’s your fault you lost your baby.