Children's Home Trouble

Children's Home Trouble
By: CJ Cassidy

Stoddard County, MO -A
S
outheast
M
issouri woman accuses authorities of failing to protect her daughter as they held the teenager in protective custody.

S

haron
Ma
c
D
onald admits she's made some major mistakes as a parent.

T
he
S
toddard
C
ounty woman spent three weeks in jail last summer, after getting busted on drug charges.

W
hen that happened, authorities placed
Ma
c
D
onald's 13
-
year
-
old daughter in the
S
toddard
C
ounty
C
hildren's
H
ome
,
and it's what happened there that has
Ma
c
D
onald crying foul.

T
he supervisor of the children's home woke up in the middle of the night, to find the 13-year old having sex with her 15- year old son.

S
he immediately called authorities who began investigating.

T
he
D
irector of the
S
toddard
C
ounty home tells me after more than 25 years and
helping
thousands of abused and neglected children
,
this is the first time an incident like this has ever happened.

"I
want to know why she was allowed to bring her kids to work with her to start with
."

T

hat's one of many questions
S
haron
Ma
c
D
onald has
,
after her daughter's brief stay at the
S
toddard
C
ounty
C
hildren's
H
ome.

"A
ll they did was remove the boy that night, and tell him he couldn't come back.
T
hey didn't reprimand the mother in any way said she wasn't at fault
," MacDonald says.

"I
hold our house parent responsible for care of the children
," M
ike
D
avis, the home's project director, says
.

B

oard members at the state-licensed home did take immediate action
,
banning the boy from the property permanently and thoroughly investigating the incident.

"T
here's no real restrictions that keep the biological children of foster parents separate than the foster care kids
.
T
he same applies at the
S
toddard
C
ounty
H
ome
. House
parents want to lead as much of a normal life as we can
," Davis explains.

I
n fact, documents
Ma
c
D
onald shared with us show the house parent was not
"
neglectful
"
in her duties because
"
the two teenagers planned the sexual encounter earlier in the day.
"

"I
think she should have been fired at least suspended without pay while they did the investigation
," she says.

B
ut
D
avis
,
also a trained juvenile officer
,
stresses the supervisor did nothing wrong
and no laws were broken.

"I
t's just an unfortunate incident
," he says but adds the rules at the home will not change as far as
house parents bringing children
with them to work.

"We want to continue to promote that family atmosphere," he says.

T

he house parent's son has since been placed on probation because of the incident.

M
eanwhile
S
haron
Ma
c
D
onald is working on cleaning up her act
,
and going through a drug treatment program.

H
er daughter is still currently in foster care
.