Child placing agency issues statement following death of foster child

Texas Mentor, the agency that placed two-year-old Alexandria Hill in the foster home of a woman now charged with her murder has issued a statement in response to an ongoing investigation by Child Protective Services.  The statement comes from Wendy Davis, State Director.


        “All of us at Texas MENTOR are terribly saddened by the passing of Alexandria Hill, and we extend our condolences to her family and all those who loved her.  As an organization dedicated to protecting and caring for children, we are appalled by the allegations involving one of our foster parents.  We are committed to cooperating with law enforcement and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to ensure that all facts surrounding Alexandria’s death are known.


        “The on-going law enforcement investigation and privacy laws, as well as the fact that our own internal review is not complete, limit our ability to provide some of the specific information requested.  However, we can inform you that Sherill Small and her husband met the requirements to foster children, including background checks in accordance with state regulation (Texas Department of Public Safety criminal history database check, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Central Registry abuse/neglect database, Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) criminal history and federal Office of Inspector General exclusion check).  During each month since the Smalls began fostering Alexandria, our staff has met or exceeded the state requirement to visit their home monthly, including the most recent visit in mid-July.”

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