Who fights for Kymell Oram?
All of us failed this 18 month old who was in foster care and wasn’t even old enough to talk to defend himself. He will never enjoy his pacifier again, and it's time to again pull out one of those little coffins that are used for babies. WHY?
Police say he was severely beaten by his foster mother’s 19-year-old boyfriend last month, and little Kymell died Friday at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn.
He was officially named Louis Mosely, and the autopsy revealed he died of blunt force injuries.
According to court papers , Kymell had been beaten so severely that a doctor told the police he had suffered “repeated serious blows from an adult, possibly with a metal rod or a bat,” and was “likely to die.” The boyfriend has been charged with second-degree assault and several lesser counts.
Kymell had been fighthing for his life since March 17th, after his foster mother, Teyunna Cummings, 32, left him in the care of her boyfriend, Kysheen Oliver, 19, at her apartment in Cypress Hills, while she dropped two older children off at school, officials said.
If there is such a thing, at least Kymell was able to die with dignity. A spokeswoman told the NY Times the hospital had received donations of clothing and stuffed animals for Kymell, and telephone calls from people who wanted to sit vigil with the boy or ask how they could help.
“People just called from all over,” she said, “showing their concern and their sadness for this poor little child.”
But Kymell’s story was quietly overshadowed by other damaging news for the Administration for Children’s Services: On March 23, the Brooklyn district attorney announced the indictment of a former city welfare worker and his supervisor on charges of criminally negligent homicide for their handling of the case of 4-year-old Marchella Pierce.
Marchella died in September after being repeatedly beaten and tied to a bed; at the time of her death, she weighed 18 pounds. The district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, said he was convening a special grand jury to investigate ”evidence of alleged systemic failures” at the children’s services agency.
Little Kymell little Marchella, I love you, You kids are loved. I’m so sorry we failed you as a society. You babies rest in peace