DSS: No signs of abuse seen before Raleigh infant's death
Posted February 13, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — A 6-month-old who died a week ago lived in squalid conditions, but social workers who visited his Raleigh home several times last summer and fall noted no signs of abuse, according to a report released Monday.
Christopher Scott Childers Jr. was injured on Jan. 21 and died Feb. 5 at WakeMed. Authorities said the baby had injuries consistent with being violently shaken.
His father, Christopher Scott Childers Sr., 28, of 216-B E. Lenoir St., has been charged with murder.
The Wake County Department of Social Services released a summary of the involvement of Child Protective Services in the case, noting that social workers first checked on the Childers family in August after receiving a report that the baby was being neglected.
The family lived in a filthy rooming house on Lenoir Street that had had problems with roaches and bedbugs, according to the summary, but the parents appeared to be trying to properly care for the infant.
The agency asked two organizations to provide follow-up care for the family, and those groups visited the rooming house during the fall. The groups set up a joint meeting with the family on Jan. 18, but the mother canceled it, saying the baby and his father were sick, according to the summary.