Lack Of Coordination In
Last Edited: Thursday, 02 Apr 2009, 9:55 PM EDT
Created On: Thursday, 02 Apr 2009, 11:16 AM EDT
Four girls whose decomposing bodies were found last year in a District of Columbia row house were failed by multiple agencies, including the schools, court system and police, according to a report released Thursday by the city's inspector general.
The bodies of the girls -- ages 5 to 17 -- were found in January 2008 when deputy U.S. marshals served an eviction notice at the home in southeast Washington. Their mother, Banita Jacks, has been charged with murder.
A 192-page review of the case by the D.C. Office of the Inspector General details each interaction Jacks had with the district, beginning in late 2005 when she sought help finding shelter.
Over the next several years, the district provided Jacks and her daughters myriad services -- including rental assistance, food deliveries, and the opportunity for each girl to attend a charter school -- but the support was often uncoordinated, the report found.