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Justice for Quinten
  • Petitioned Mayor Jack Fry

This petition was delivered to:

Mayor of Midwest City, Oklahoma
Mayor Jack Fry
City Council Member
Jerry Maynard
City Council Member
Turner Mann
City Council Member
Rick Dawkins
City Council Member
Jim Ray
City Council Member
Wendell Boucher
City Council Member
Richard Rice
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dr. Janet Barresi
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Liz Young
Oklahoma County District Attorney
David W. Prater
Oklahoma-05
Gov. Mary Fallin

Justice for Quinten

    1. Valerie Wood-Harber
    2. Petition by

      Valerie Wood-Harber

      Fayetteville, AR

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May 2014

Victory

After more than 500,000 people signed Valerie Wood's petition calling for an investigation into the death of her special needs brother Quinten, the state of Oklahoma launched an investigation that found DHS workers assigned to Quinten's case were willfully negligent in their duty to ensure the safety of children, and they were fired and charged with Willful Neglect of a Public Duty, a misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to a year in jail. Quinten’s primary neglector, his father, Michael Wood, was arrested and charged with two counts of child neglect. The campaign also resulted in the passage of “The Quinten Douglas Wood Act of 2014” - legislation that instructs Oklahoma DHS workers to take a disabled child’s developmental age into account when investigating child abuse and neglect.

My special needs brother, Quinten Douglas Wood, died after suffering from medical neglect and abuse -- even though I called child welfare services and asked his school to watch for signs of neglect. I'm calling for an investigation into Oklahoma’s Child Welfare Services and Midwest City Public Schools to hold neglectful parties responsible for my brother's death and ensure other children don't suffer the way he did. 

I was living hours away from my family, when our brother, Cameron, told me about the severe neglect going on in their home. At the age of 14, Cameron was responsible for all of Quinten's daily care -- bathing, feeding, and diapering him, as well as taking care of the household chores while he was being severely physically abused as by our father as well.

Prior to the neglect, Quinten was a healthy child who enjoyed Star Wars, listening to music, and being loved and held. Though he couldn't talk, he would laugh and giggle at everything. He and Cameron were best buddies and went everywhere together. Cameron was Quinten's bodyguard, and Quinten was Cameron's best friend.

Three weeks before Quinten died, I alerted the Oklahoma Child Welfare Services to the abuse and neglect going on in my father and brothers' home. I called Child Welfare Services at least once a day, every single day for 3 weeks. The social worker assigned to the case visited Cameron at school, promising him that she would do a home visit the very next day. Cameron told me that every day he'd hold Quinten and say, "Just be patient Bubby, Sissy is sending someone to save us."

No one ever came. 

The teachers at Quinten's school were notified to look for neglect months prior to his death, and they did not fulfill their obligations as mandatory reporters. If Oklahoma Child Welfare Services had done their job and followed through with a home visit, they would have found Quinten and Cameron's living conditions deplorable. Either of these agencies could have saved Quinten's life.

Please sign my petition calling on the Governor of Oklahoma to investigate the Oklahoma Child Welfare Services and Midwest City Public Schools to hold neglectful parties responsible for my brother's death and ensure other children don't suffer the way he did.

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 500,000 signatures
    2. Regarding Cameron

      Valerie Wood-Harber
      Petition Organizer

      Many people have asked via messages and comments where Cameron is and how he is doing. I wanted to take a minute to assure you all that he is now living with me, is safe, healthy, loved, and cared for, and is getting counseling for the horror that he endured. Most importantly, he has no contact with his abuser.Thank you all, every last one of you, for your support.

      Valerie

    3. Reached 30,000 signatures
    4. Reached 7,000 signatures

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