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Mother Says DHS Ignored Complaints Of Abuse By Step-Mom Before Child’s Death/OKLAHOMA’S OWN

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OTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Oklahoma –

A 6-year-old boy says his stepmother stuck his head in the toilet and in the tub. The child made the allegations after his sister died in the home, but the Department of Human Services received complaints before the death.

Doctors, teachers, neighbors, and the children’s mother, Christina Potter, filed 27 complaints of possible child abuse to DHS, but the state agency left the children in the home with their father and stepmother.

Alexis Morris eventually died in the home on September 25, 2009. Potter says her daughter’s death could have been prevented, but DHS did not do its job.

“Your family is traumatized, your kids are traumatized and your life, believe it or not, goes downhill and nothing will ever be the same,” Potter said.

Court Records show the complaints were made against Jennifer Jimenez. Court records show Jimenez beat, choked, and force fed Alexis and her younger brother Jordan over the course of two years.

Potter says DHS ignored multiple complaints during that time but did not remove any children from the home, until Alexis died.

“People like her [Jimenez] take my baby away and all you are left with is memories,” Potter said.

Potter explains Alexis was the third child to die in Jimenez’s care, and she says her younger son could have been the fourth.

The then 6-year-old told investigators Jimenez is “mean and beats him up” and he claims Jimenez “choked him in the bathroom,” then said “don’t tell or I will do it again.”

Christina Potter says no one listened to the complaints until it was too late.

“These kids cannot be replaced. Enough is enough,” Potter said.

More than a year after Alexis’s death, the District Attorney filed charges on Jennifer Jimenez. Jimenez is set for trial in a couple of weeks.

Christina Potter has a lawsuit pending against DHS.

DHS released the following statement concerning this issue:

“Our hearts go out to all of the family members over the tragic death of Alexis Morris. Because there is pending litigation in this case we cannot comment on the details of our agency’s interactions with the family. We hope the family can find peace during this difficult time.”

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  1. This has happened to me. My ex who I left because he was beating the crap out of me. Florida courts let him have custody of my children because he has the more financial ability to care for them. They dismissed the fact he has 3 pages of criminal history and had been convicted of domestic violence one with a firearm on me. I talk to my children often, he is now hitting them and 3 weeks ago he pulled a gun on my 14 year old son, I called cps on him and yet again just like the last 6 years they didn’t do any thing. His mother the kids grandma tells my children it is your mothers fault is why it happens and dismisses his abusive behavior and his drunkness as not serious. My kids are in a bad place I can’t do nothing about it. I have lost all money fighting him to get kids back. The children services blow it off as like I am just blowing smoke. It is crazy the courts allow this. My ex is a drug dealer and has a court conviction for it just 1 year ago. But yet children services and court still do nothing. Legal aid refused to help me. So, I am what am I to do. I have a son with me and If i go kidnap my kids from Florida and bring them here I will only go to jail and my son I have with me has no where to go so he would go to foster care. So, I feel for women that go through this. My reason is why so many women choose to stay in abusive relationships!!!!!!!!!! being beat-up by the courts and kids striped from them putting the kids in direct path of their abuser. If I would have just stayed i would be the one getting hit not my babies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    lilbitcraze

    January 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm

  2. and to add to this my kids have to see their dads new girlfriend that has moved into the home with them, that happens to be my sister that lost her kids because of neglect she is an alcoholic and a drug user.

    lilbitcraze

    January 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm


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