Legislative budget cutters might want to consider outlawing SC DSS to save tax dollars, with another high-profile report of gross negligence by the agency in Kershaw County:
An Elgin mother and her boyfriend were in jail after her 22-month-old son walked away from their house Sunday for the second time in eight days.
Jacklyn Marie Jacobson, the 25-year-old mother, and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Jose Bleckler Gloria, both of Ashley Creek Drive in Elgin, were in the Kershaw County Detention Center on charges of unlawful neglect of a child, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. The boy and a 6-month-old baby, who also lived in the home, have been taken into protective custody by the S.C. Department of Social Services, he said.
In light of the agency's heavy-handed approach taken towards many parents who are targeted by anonymous complaints, including serial complaints, it's inexcusable to see the agency taking no action to the first instance of gross neglect, which took place earlier this month. The Kershaw County Sheriff wasn't sure why the child was allowed back in the home after the first incident:
Matthews said he could not explain why the boy was allowed to return home after he walked away the first time.
"I can't speak for them, but I think they don't want to rush judgment on people's household conditions," he said.
In light of the many incidents of taxpayer-funded intimidation of accused families by the agency, it's sadly ironic that they wouldn't "rush judgment" in a case of clear neglect. It's hard to see a justification for an agency which is so irresponsive to the need to protect South Carolina children from real threats while squandering tax dollars upon numerous witch hunts against those who are falsely accused.
This isn't a new issue in the Blogland. We've been sounding the SC DSS alarm for TWO years:
Governor Haley should demand answers for this near-tragedy and the pattern of misdirected resources which allows many similar cases of real neglect to go unrestrained across South Carolina.
The picture was taken from a Facebook profile for one Jacklyn Jacobson, who is listed as living in Elgin on the profile.