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(UPDATE: FLANAGAN has been FIRED. He did NOTHING to Save the Sisters! He is no longer relevant, but everything else about DCS is. READ MORE here: make-way-for-mckay-thank-you-governor/)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of DCS Contact Us
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2014 11:30 AM
To: +DCS Director
Subject: DCS Website Inquiry
Submitted on Monday, December 1, 2014 – 11:29
Dear Mr. Flanagan,
I am writing to ask you to use your position to see that justice is done on behalf of the Diegel sisters. Please review this case and verify that your department of child services has acted faithfully and in accordance to all laws and proper procedures to resolve the matter quickly. The girls’ fragile health has plummeted in the care of the state. The nation is watching to see that justice is done for Melissa Diegel and her daughters. Everyone wants to see these girls home in December when Kayla becomes a teen.
From: Hilpp, Carolyn, S (Carrie) [mailto:CHilpp@azdes.gov] On Behalf Of +DCS Director
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2014 12:37 PM
Subject: RE: DCS Website Inquiry
Thank you very much for your interest and concern involving children in the care and custody of the Department of Child Safety (DCS). As you might know, Arizona Revised Statute § 8-807 as well as the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) prohibit us from discussing specific details about a DCS case with persons who are not legal parties to the case. We want to assure you that the well-being of the children and the family are paramount and our primary concern. We take your concerns very seriously and want to assure you that they will be considered at the highest level.
Alexandra K. Benlein | Executive Assistant to Director Charles Flanagan Department of Child Safety Office 602.364.1503 firstname.lastname@example.org
From: (original sender)
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2014 12:50 PM
To: ‘+DCS Director’
Subject: RE: DCS Website Inquiry
Thank you for your timely response but, from all of the evidence I have seen, you have NO right to put the below in your standard response to inquiries (because it is clearly NOT true):
“We want to assure you that the well-being of the children and the family are paramount and our primary concern. We take your concerns very seriously and want to assure you that they will be considered at the highest level.”
With that said, while I am not impressed with what Flanagan has done so far to clean up the Arizona DCS, I sure the heck hope that he is serious about cleaning up that mess of a system that you have in place that provides federal financial incentives to your agency to separate kids from parents for no just cause. I am still hopeful that Flanagan will restore common decency and “transparency” in the AZ DCS system so that someday (hopefully soon) your canned statement about children and the family being paramount are not just words on a paper or in an e-mail, but reality!
Don’t forget – there are many around this great Nation of ours (including myself) watching what is being done in AZ to clean up the DCS. We expect you to make some significant changes to bring respectability back to the DCS and to do what you are tasked to do – protect our kids (without Corporate greed being the incentive)!
And what about the fact that it can be proved the children were being starved, malnourished, and covered with bruises in state custody!
Kayla Diegel was medically kidnapped from Phoenix Children’s Hospital on April 10, 2014, two days after her sister was kidnapped by the same hospital. Both suffer a rare genetic disorder, and have a history of medical issues from paralyzed stomachs to brain tumors. By August 20th, less that 5 months into being a “ward of the state”, Kayla had lost 25 % of her body weight and was in danger of losing her life. (Hannah had lost 20%!) At that point the mother had exhausted every avenue possible to try and save her daughters. She had used every spare cent of savings, cashed in the girls’ college fund from grandma, hired a private attorney, filed a formal complaint against the hospital, filed multiple complaints against Dr. Siaw with the Medical Board (which she was told could take a year). The mother, like so many in these situations, rarely slept, and worked every waking moment to try and save her daughters, not just to get them back from being unjustly taken, but because they were medically fragile children, and she feared for her daughter’s lives.
Under duress parents are often forced to sign contracts at visitation centers. Their rules are strict, repressive, and by many standards, disgusting and an abuse of your, and your children’s most basic rights and wellbeing. You are not allowed to talk about school, home, your health, their health, etc., and because of what the mother said on this audio, (though they did not know the mother was recording at the time), they proceeded to say she crossed the line, because she discussed things outside of what was allowed. Because of this, she was not allowed to see her daughters anymore, and HAS NOT SEEN HER DAUGHTERS SINCE LAST AUGUST!
In fictitious reports of the visits, (written that same day), and in filings to the court to remove the parental visits, (written the day after), DCS, and those they employ to carry out their agenda, claimed the mother had “abused” her daughters, and that now she had crossed the line. They said her daughters were crying hysterically, that she did emotional damage to them, and in fact, within 24 hours of the “incident” the judge had signed off on a motion to cease all future visits, and move towards permanently severing the parents rights! [Hear recording below] Two witnesses, psych doctors paid by the state, who had NEVER met Melissa, (the mother), NOR so much as ever talked to her children, NOR had known of, or heard this audio tape, testified in court (through affidavits only, accepted by the judge), against Melissa for her to loose her rights to see her children anymore.
*****Not to be lost here is the fact that Melissa helped save Kayla’s LIFE, at the loss of her rights to even see her daughters since, and, (it was learned much later), Kayla’s feeding tube nutrition was ordered to be resumed the very SAME WEEK Melissa raised these issues about the grave danger her daughters were in, i.e., being starved to death. Thus her visits were revoked as punishment!*****
Sadly, it was later learned that the attorney Melissa implored the courts to assign to Kayla, (the one she encouraged her daughter to speak to), when finally assigned, did not visit Kayla once, for the next 2 months, and then was replaced with someone else. Such is the urgency with which medical needs, and children’s best interests are met when in state custody, even when it is abundantly clear the children are malnourished and could die. The primary concern was to keep the mother/parents from seeing, and knowing just how bad these girls were suffering and wasting away!
AT THE VERY SAME TIME, the CASA worker for these two girls, who was assigned to them for the prior 5 months, spoke up over concerns of starvation, abuse, and neglect. She was threatened, and retaliated against, and subsequently quit because she felt her advocacy and efforts to help the girls was ineffective.
Within a day of losing their visitation rights, CPS filed to sever parental rights PERMANENTLY. This without so much as a trial, which is scheduled for AFTER the hearing to sever parental rights. The fathers rights were ignored altogether, as too were the interstate compact that had been filed on behalf of the grandparents. CPS ASKED THE COURTS FOR FULL CUSTODY OF BOTH OF THE DIEGEL SISTERS WITHOUT EVER PRODUCING ONE SHRED OF EVIDENCE, when the evidence would set the girls FREE!
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