Awful: Man Gets Child Taken Away Because He Smoked Weed, Foster Parents Kill Child

Awful: Man Gets Child Taken Away Because He Smoked Weed, Foster Parents Kill Child
World
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Joshua Hill’s two-year-old daughter was taken away from him last November because he was caught smoking marijuana while she was asleep.

Child Protective Services put young Alexandria Hill in the care of foster parents, who abused and eventually murdered the child two months later.

Rockdale’s Sherill Small, whom Alex was placed with, has since been arrested on murder charges.

According to Austin, Texas, TV station KVUE, Alexandria was rushed to the hospital Monday night with severe head injuries and then flown to White Children’s Emergency Hospital in Temple, where she was placed on life support.

Hill, of Round Rock, Texas, got the call Monday night that Alex was in the hospital. He had last seen his daughter on a July 25 visitation at McDonald’s.

“They wouldn’t tell me what condition she was in or what was wrong or what had happened. The only thing they would tell me is I needed to be there. When I got there, I found out that Alex was in a coma.”

For two days, Joshua held out hope that his daughter would regain consciousness, but on Wednesday night, she was taken off life support.

Hill told KVUE that he knew she was being abused after their first visit.

“She would come to visitation with bruises on her, and mold and mildew in her bag,” he said. “It got to a point where I actually told CPS that they would have to have me arrested because I wouldn’t let her go back.”

Officials with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services told KVUE that they rely on private agencies to perform background checks on foster homes.

The agency assigned to Small’s household was Texas Mentor. State records show a total of 15 violations for the agency’s Austin Branch within the past two years.

Four of those deficiencies were for failing to perform proper background checks on foster homes.

“We never hurt our daughter,” Joshua told KVUE. “She was never sick, she was never in the hospital, and she never had any issues until she went into state care.”

Small’s bond is set at $100,000.

Via ThingProgress, KVUE

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Sean Levinson

Sean Levinson loves writing almost as much as he loves ranting about politics. Elite Daily lets him do both, and he couldn't be happier now that he's finally putting his years at SUNY New Paltz to good use. When he's not writing, Sean enjoys nature excursions, playing the guitar and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Look for him on "Real Time with Bill Maher," where he regularly appears in his most precious fantasies.

More In World

World Emily Arata

Hero 13-Year-Old Boy Saves Mom From Abusive Boyfriend By Stabbing Him

A 13-year-old boy from Phoenix reportedly saved his mother’s life after her abusive boyfriend attacked. Darvon reached for a kitchen knife after his mother’s long distance boyfriend, Keith Childress, 26, began beating her while threatening the boy and his 15-year-old sister. He stabbed Childress repeatedly, acting on his instincts. He said, It was my instincts, I […]

World Sean Levinson

Virgin Galactic Spaceship Crashes In Desert During Test Flight (Photos)

A rocket plane made by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic crashed in the Mojave Desert during a test flight on Friday morning. The firm’s Twitter account said that SpaceShipTwo had experienced an “in-flight anomaly” as it conducted its 55th test, RT reports. One pilot is dead with the other seriously injured, both of whom had been equipped […]

World Sean Levinson

Child Bride Who ‘Killed Husband To Escape Marriage’ May Get Death Penalty

A 14-year-old Nigerian girl may be put to death if found guilty of fatally poisoning her 35-year-old husband shortly after their wedding. Wasila Tasi’u married Umar Sani last April in accordance with Nigeria’s marriage act, which states that anyone under 21 can be married as long as his or her parents consent. Wasila is from an impoverished, conservative […]

World Emily Arata

Father Finds Perfect Halloween Solution For Son Who Can’t Have Candy

Halloween isn’t exclusively about rotting haunted houses and ghouls. There’s a sweet side to the holiday, as shown by this father’s letter that dates back a couple years. The note, delivered to the man’s neighbors, explains that 8-year-old Fletcher has epilepsy. To prevent seizures, he must follow a strict diet that excludes candy. So little […]

World Sean Levinson

The Number Of Billionaires Has Doubled Since The Financial Crisis

There are more than twice the number of billionaires in existence today than during the 2009 financial crisis, a new report from a global charity has found. Oxfam’s statistics aim to show that inequality continues to grow, with the very rich gaining even more money while the very poor struggle to find available means to survive. Oxfam’s […]

Also On Elite

Music

Relive Your Tween Years Because S Club 7 Is Finally Reuniting

The long, agonizing wait is over, people. S Club 7 is getting back together. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! S Club has risen. The group will make their first comeback performance at a charity event called Children in Need. The members of S Club 7 announced the exciting news via a SoundCloud message, which you can […]

Success

5 Quotes From Bill Gates That Prove You Need To Fail To Succeed

Bill Gates is the richest man in the world. At 58, he’s worth close to $80 billion. He’s an innovator, a philanthropist and an inspiration to people across the globe. In 1975, Gates dropped out of Harvard to co-found Microsoft Corp. with Paul Allen. Twelve years later, when he was just 31 years old, he became […]

World

Loyal Cat Finds Her Owner Two Weeks After She Moved To Nursing Home

Though dogs are typically more affectionate than cats, pet owners know that the love between an animal and its human is unbreakable. In their love, pets are deeply loyal. One elderly woman knows this to be true. Nancy Cowen was forced to say “goodbye” to her cat Cleo when she moved to the Bramley House […]

World

Boy’s Stepdad Makes Him The Best Wheelchair Halloween Costume Ever

Being a real parent means more than simply sharing genetics with your child. It’s about the love that motivates you to give him or her the best possible quality of life. Redditor Viper20220k is a true father to his stepson suffering from cerebral palsy and epilepsy. The nonverbal 6-year-old’s wheelchair prevents him from fitting into traditional children’s Halloween costumes. […]

World

Airline Crew Locked A Woman In Bathroom After She Vomitted Midflight

American Airlines crew members reportedly locked a black woman inside the airplane’s bathroom Thursday night over fears of Ebola after she vomited on the flight. The woman remained in the lavatory for the last 45 minutes of the trip from Dallas to Chicago, according to the Houston Chronicle, and her carry-on luggage was wrapped in plastic […]

Life

Sh*t Just Got Real: 5 Things I Learned When I Entered The Real World

Going from college graduation to the real world is a huge adjustment. There are no more classes or professors, all-night study sessions, super-late nights out followed by an 8 am lab, midterms or final exams. Once all the stresses of college are put to rest, there’s the real world. What defines this world? It’s the […]