I attended the last hearing of the House Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect yesterday. So did Haleigh Poutre’s grandmother. I listened to Sandra L. Sudyka talk about Haleigh eating scrambled eggs, writing her name, and talking, and cried as she said that the worst part of DSS banning her from visiting her grand daughter is that she is afraid Haleigh will think she does not care.
Chairman Rogers said his prayers would be with her, and Sandra Sudyka sobbed quietly.
[Springfield Republican Story http://www.masslive….
Sudyka said the child seemed to be improving and responding when she met with her and her biological mother, Allison L. Avrett, 30, of Agawam.
“I wish I could get my visits back,” Sudyka told legislators on a panel that conducted its final public hearing yesterday on the condition of the state’s system for protecting abused and neglected children. “I know you can’t do that, but I don’t want this to happen to other families.”
What possible reason, other than to hide their own faults and failings, could there be to prevent visits from loved ones and to isolate a young child who had been abused amoung strangers in rehab??