A comprehensive drug screen of foster parent Wendy Osborne has come back “negative” officials said this week.
Osborne was the Jackson County foster parent of 9-month-old Jessica Scovil, who died of heat stroke in early September after having been left in a hot minivan for several hours.
Osborne told officers that she had been sick prior to the incident and had gone to the doctor earlier in the day. She was taking medication for strep throat, she said.
Osborne fell asleep after returning home from the doctor’s office, leaving Jessica in the minivan.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office investigator David Cochran said information about the incident, including the drug test results, would now be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office. Cochran said the DA’s office could file charges in the case, or could present the information to a grand jury to decide if any charges are warranted. The investigator said he didn’t expect any action on the matter until some time in 2009.
12/10/08 at 02:53 PM
As a grandparent of three grandchildren who are in foster care because of Jackson county's inate stupidity- I fear for them. I lived in Jackson County for over 20 years- I know what goes on in foster homes and I know why they become foster parents it is mainly for the money which is paid to the foter parents.
Jackson county had no viable reason to take my grandchildren from their mother other than she is poor and struggling to make a small living for her children.
I pity the state if my grand children meet this kind of end. It would be in the best intrest of all if they were returned to their mother. I see many lawsuits coming out of t his travesity. It is a shame that an innocent child must die before the system is cleaned up.
Children taken out of homes and put in others has proven over and over again to be a disaster.
They are treated worse outside of the home then in the home- especially in my daughter's case-
Being poor is not against the law the last time I looked. My grandchildren are in a home with at least six other children. That makes a total of nine. Can you say a similar disaster waiting to happen.
To Jackson County DFCS Send my grandchildren back to their mother now.