Recently, we told you about how Kenosha County DCFS ignored a young child’s plea for help as she alleged she was being sexually assaulted by her grandfather. Unfortunately, it isn’t difficult to find big mistakes being made by the county’s largest department. Mistakes have always happened and will always happen. It is important, however, that someone is being held accountable for the big mistakes.
I want to tell you about one such large mistake where no one was held accountable. Tabitha M. Ruiz is a terrible mother and should have had her five children taken away for good, but that didn’t happen. When a county board supervisor called out DCFS Director Ron Rogers for this mistake, he assured the supervisor that the “employee responsible would be getting a letter in her file.” KCE would learn that never happened. In fact, no action was taken at all by Kenosha County DCFS.
Neighbors told police, their Alderman, and many more government officials about Tabitha M. Crocker-Ruiz, a 33-year-old Kenosha woman. The neighbors had been giving the kids clothing and other items of necessity. Their Alderman was yours truly. I went to the house and took some photos of the front and back (with the neighbor’s permission) yards.
I decided that the city department of Inspections should be involved and order the owner of the house to clean up the outside of the home. I called them and an inspector, Robert Newhouse told me he didn’t find anything wrong with the outside of the house. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. “Couldn’t you smell the grotesque home?” I asked. Newhouse responded like a smart ass and told me that he “couldn’t regulate smells.” It was clear that City Inspections, at that time, wasn’t going to help me help the kids. I drove by the house at least once a week to see what was going on, and on one hot summer day August 11, I witnessed a small child go inside an oven that was left in the front yard:
I immediately called the police and KPD Officer Pep Moretti did nothing. I had to beg him to call DCFS, and he said he did. DCFS chose not to send someone out.
A social worker at the youngest kids’ school notified DCFS also. The two youngest kids came to school with the same, dirty and smelly clothes day after day. The other children were making fun of them. The kids told the social workers that they slept in the basement on the dirt floor and in the attic. The social workers wanted the kids out of the house. DCFS, again, did nothing. They opened a report on October 5, 55 days AFTER they were contacted by Kenosha Police – and who knows how many days after the social worker called DCFS.
It wouldn’t be until there was a complaint about dogs being in danger inside the home, before someone would do anything. That’s right – five young kids living like this is OK, but once you mention a dog, the government gets right to work. KPD Officer Luke Hoffman made the choice to enter the house without a warrant pursuant to the community care taking doctrine. What he found was living hell on earth for five small children.
No running water or working plumbing.
Kids had to poop and pee in buckets in the bath tub.
Moldy food and garbage throughout the kitchen.
Furnace was not working.
Refrigerator contained rotten and spoiled food.
Black mold through out the house.
Dog feces all over entire house.
Infestation of bedbugs and mice.
Basement had a dirt floor and the couches were covered in cat feces.
Office Hoffman took the below photos. (Very Graphic)
Click here to see all of the photos.
I met with the County Board Supervisor of the district and Ron Rogers. He sounded appalled that his department subjected these kids to this life for so long. “Someone will be getting a slip in their personnel file,” he told me and the Supervisor. I would later find out, no one was disciplined. There was no accountability. The woman was criminally charged with ten misdemeanors, but the liberal DA’s office let her plead to only five misdemeanors and she got probation. She moved out of the county and avoided any sanctions from DCFS. Kenosha County didn’t even notify the new county where she moved to.
After speaking to many people in the foster community, most have the same thing to say about Ron Rogers – he sucks. He doesn’t listen and makes terrible decisions. He, like his boss John Jansen, are far-left liberals. They take kids from good parents and let kids live with evil parents. There is no consistency. For a man making more than $100,000 we should expect more.
Unfortunately for watchdogs like myself and others, there is no possibility for oversight from tax-payers or the media. The DCFS records are all sealed from public view. The only person that can hold him accountable is the County Executive, Samantha Kerkman. She should fire him. The county board recently gave her the authority to fire any employee for any reason. She should take advantage of this.