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Speak UP for Darlene Armstrong! Stop her mother from getting her children back!!!
  • Petitioned Illinois Department of Childen and Family Services, Governor Pat Quinn

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Illinois Department of Childen and Family Services, Governor Pat Quinn

Speak UP for Darlene Armstrong! Stop her mother from getting her children back!!!

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On November 17tth, 2011, the Chicago Department of Children and Family Services received an anonymous call, stating 16-year-old Darlene Armstrong was not being fed and had not seen a doctor in "many years." Despite the rules governing DCFS that an assigned caseworker visit the home DAILY until contact was made with the child of concern, only three visits were made to the home between November 17th, 2011 and March 14, 2012. The caseworker did not see Darlene at any time during these visits.

On March 14th, 2012, the caseworker would once again return to the Harris home. Darlene's mother, Rosetta Harris, stated that her daughter was not at home. When the caseworker, however, heard whimpering coming from another room, Harris went to the room and returned with Darlene. The sixteen-year-old child, disabled due to cerebral palsy, When the caseworker saw Darlene, she immediately called 911.

When Darlene arrived at Comer's Children Hospital, she weighed only 23 pounds, and measured only 3'10

Harris's 15 year old daughter was immediately removed from the home. According to Harris's 23 year old daughter, their mom did "the best that she could."

Harris was charged with Endangering the Life of a Child - to which she pleaded guilty. Her sentence? 18 months, and take a parenting class.

A parenting class??? This implies custody of any of her children would be returned to her! Darlene lived a torturous existence of neglect and starvation in her home. Harris's other children have developed the belief that it is "OK" to starve and neglect a disabled child, as long as you say you "did the best" that you could.

At no point, should Harris's children be returned to her. Darlene is still hospitalized and is reported to be gaining weight.

Watch this story on Chicago's WGN and then ask yourself, should this woman EVER have custody of ANY child ever again? And then, please, sign the petition.


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    Reasons for signing

      • about 2 years ago

      This 16 year old child weighed just 10kg. That's less than most 2 year old children! No child should have to suffer like this. Ever.

    • Beth M. DENVER, CO
      • about 2 years ago

      I have a child of my own and would love him and care for him properly no matter what.

    • briana clark ANACONDA, MT
      • about 2 years ago

      because ive seen many child abuse cases working in the field that i do and this one was horrible and the only chance that these children have is to be kept FAR far away from theyre very sick mother which should also be ordered to have a mental evaluation. i will pray daily for this poor girl and the rest of her siblings

    • Joshua Sayler HELENA, MT
      • about 2 years ago

      Child neglect it already an epidemic in this country. This type of "parenting" and mentality for the treatment of the disabled cannot be ignored or let off with a slap of the wrist or we risk these types of problems worsening.

    • Shayla Brooks CONCORDIA, KS
      • about 2 years ago

      Because I work with handicapped persons as my profession. There is no reason or excuse that this mother did not know what she was doing to this child was wrong. She refused the child medical care....she HID the abuse which tells me she knew what she was doing was abuse, not lack of capability. Furthermore, disabled people get disability payment from the govt, this mother should not get the money or the child as she has proven already that she didn't take care of this helpless girl in the beginning while she was most likely the one cashing the child's disability checks.


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