DCFS Director Ron Rogers (D) and his boss John Jansen (D), want several children back home with their felon parents, Frederick Q. Webb and Sharice A. Coleman. This is, even after finding their home in deplorable conditions that led to the death of 39-day-old Alivia Webb.
On March 26, 2021 baby Alivia’s life was cut short. Sharice Coleman and Frederick Webb, both convicted felons, were at home with their multiple children. They were already on DCFS’s radar. Webb and Coleman were co-sleeping with their newborn and another, older child. DCFS had warned them about not co-sleeping, and even purchased a pack n play for the family – a pack n play, that would instead be used for storage. Coleman and Webb were likely stoned when they were sleeping and smothered their baby. Alivia fell off the bed and landed between the bed and wall, smashing her face. She would lie dying and possibly suffocating on her own blood for several hours before her death. When police arrived at the home, they would find blood on Alivia’s face and coming out of her little nose. The paramedics couldn’t save her.
The Police took photos of the house that was in deplorable condition – conditions DCFS knew about but ignored. Per Kenosha Police Officer James Karaway:
“The living conditions of the house were in a state of neglect. Garbage was observed throughout every room of the unit. The [pack n play] was filled with various items, as if it was used for storage instead of a sleeping place for small children. The kitchen had trash on the floor [and] the table. The oven door was open and the oven was on, providing heat to that room. The children could access the heated interior of the oven, as there was nothing blocking access. Dried drippings of an unknown substance were observed on the floors in the hallway and living room.”
There were open containers of alcohol throughout the house, like a bottle of Remy Martin on the toilet, and drugs in the home.
DCFS worker Jason Straka arrived to the house that he had likely been to many times before. He sent the rest of the children to live with relatives.
Due to legislation in Wisconsin, it is very difficult for prosecutors to charge parents with co-sleeping deaths, so Kenosha DA Michael Graveley decided against charges. DA Graveley told KCE that “[It’s a] very frustrating law and situation with co sleeping deaths.” Graveley couldn’t speak further about this case until next week due to a commitment.
Sharice Coleman (MOM)
Coleman and Webb are both convicted felons. On February 21, 2016, Coleman committed a home invasion in Kenosha County. She got into the house via a window when the homeowner was in the shower. She stole an Xbox, laptop and vehicle. She was charged with three felonies – burglary, theft of vehicle and theft of movable property over $2,500. She plead guilty to burglary.
Frederick Webb (DAD)
Frederick (Fred) Webb has a problem with beating women.
On May 4, 2018, he punched his girlfriend 6 or 7 times with a closed fist. She had bruises all over her body. He was found guilty of domestic battery and disorderly conduct, both with domestic abuse enhancers.
On April 3, 2019, police were called out to the couple’s home. Coleman was two-months pregnant and in the bathroom with her newborn baby. Webb kicked in the bathroom door, forcefully grabbed the baby, and started punching Coleman in the face and stomach, seemingly in an attempt to kill the unborn baby, because Sharice told him he wasn’t the father. The Kenosha DA’s office charged Webb with Domestic Battery and Disorderly conduct as felonies. They later reduced both charges to misdemeanors. Many prosecutors in this state would have charged Webb with attempted murder of the unborn baby.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice records show that Webb is a convicted felon, although we don’t know from which state he received the felony conviction(s).
On October 5, 2022 DCFS report number 9886415 was filed by Jenna Umbinetti, and Katherice Monrouzeau took the complaint. Webb’s 7-year-old son had marks on his neck and he told his foster parents that his dad choked him and shoved him against a wall becuase he wanted cereal. This was during a visit with Coleman and Webb. Unbelievably, with Webb’s history of violence, the visible bruises, and the child’s statements, Assistant District Attorney Emily Gaertner decided there was no crime committed. As of last week, there is another open investigation of abuse of one of the other living children. Sharice had another baby a few days ago and DCFS is letting mom have her new baby during the daytime hours.
We reached out to DCFS boss Ron Rogers and his boss John Jansen and they didn’t have any comments. Ashley Daniels, a DCFS ongoing worker, doesn’t seem to care about marijuana and other drugs. She seemingly allows parents under her care to do them. Ron and John declined comment on that issue also. KCE has learned that DCFS is adamant about returning all children to Sharice Coleman and Frederick Webb. We reached out to County Executive Samantha Kerkman, the only person that can help, and asked if she would get involved and she responded:
“Upon learning of this case, I verified the state did its due diligence and conducted an investigation into the death of this child.
In my previous role, I was a strong advocate for children in Kenosha County and the state of Wisconsin, taking seriously any death of a child that has happened. As situations arose in Kenosha County, I used my ability as a legislator to change the laws to make them stronger.
My commitment to this issue has not wavered, and will not waiver in my role as county executive.”
Kerkman recently appointed Jansen to serve on her cabinet. He is among the most liberal employees in the County which puzzles many conservatives, who recall her solid conservative republican stances while in the State Assembly – voting for conservative measures like concealed carry and Act 10.
Zach Rodriguez, a County Board Supervisor, who for many years has attempted to hold DCFS accountable, had the following to say: “During my time on the County Board, this isn’t the first instance that DCFS has dropped the ball. They need to get their act together and make sure the most vulnerable citizens, our children, are put into the best environments for their safety and well being. In this case, it is apparent to me that no children belong in the home of these individuals now, or ever again. I hope Kenosha County DCFS takes the correct steps to keep theses children safe.”
Long-time attorney and County Board Member Terry Rose had the following to say about this case:
“I call upon the County Board Human Services Committee to convene a meeting and authorize an investigation into the manner in which the case was handled by the Department of Human Services. The Committee should retain independent counsel and advise whether standards of good practice have been followed. We owe that to the community and the deceased child.”
The chair of the Human Services Committee, county board member Amanda Nedweski will be sworn in next week as a state representative. She told KCE that she will continue to investigate this issue at both the county and state levels. Nedwesky recently held a hearing where many board members showed concern with DCFS. Among those were supervisor Brian Thomas and Supervisor Brian Bashaw. Thomas read one of our recent articles and was very concerned about what he saw and wanted to clarification on the policies. He printed the article and all of the photos to distribute to the committee.
Neither Kenosha Police, nor the DA’s office responded to our multiple inquires about not arresting Webb for allegedly choking his 7-year-old son.
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