Month: September 2016

Dept. of Human Resources Failing Children and Parents

Nothing new… this has been reported  all over the United States. But one particular family has been in the news for continued abuse of power by Department of Human Resources in Alabama. reported on babies being taken from mothers before they could even leave the hospital. A 14 year old rape survivor was treated worse than the accused rapist who was free to walk the streets for a year after he was accused of raping another 14 year old in June of 2015.

The recent 14 year old had her baby taken from the hospital and her sister also had her baby taken from the hospital with no evidence,  no warrant, nothing to prove abuse one month earlier. The only abuse was on the part of the agency created to keep children from harm but doing completely opposite.

At this time the young mom and her baby have been released to the girl’s relative. But there is retaliation against the grandparents for their cries for help and are banned from seeing or speaking to any of their grand or great grand children.

DHR is a rogue agency that seems to answer to no one as many advocates and concerned citizens have tried to contact authorities to stop this abuse only to be told to call someone else. The Alabama Attorney General’s office tells callers to call the Shelby County DA and the Shelby County DA tells callers to call the Attorney General’s office. Police say they don’t need warrants and simply “do their job” when DHR calls them. NO questions asked. Who will stop the abuse?

Haly, the 14 year’s sister was put in foster care when she was 12 without reason, evidence or warrant…only false accusations that were never proven. While in custody DHR failed to protect Haly and  she gave birth to two children under the supervision of a foster mother. Those children were taken from her without ever giving her a chance. And at 18 she was abandoned and treated like a criminal when her foster mother suddenly died. Again without reason, without warrant, DHR traumatized this young mother and children by separating them.


DHR terminated Haly’s rights to her first two children. She is appealing. Her precious baby girl now just over 4 months is in custody also. DHR has played with the emotions of parents and children causing great harm. Haly has done everything they asked her to do to get her baby back and still they refuse to release her baby. Now she has written an email and sent it to a list of people who have the authority to act judicially. We deliberately left off her last name and contact info.

Officials that were sent emails are:
Bill Dunn <>,,,, Cam Ward <>, Mac McCutcheon <>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

If after reading her email you would like to address the above people who could stop the abuse please email this list asking why they have not done everything they can to do as DHR’s own code states:

Aid in the preservation, rehabilitation and reuniting of families;

None of these have been done to help Haly’s family. There are currently six children in this family in DHR’s clutches.

This is Haly’s email:

Questions to the Court, SCDHR, and the Attorneys that Represent Me (Haly Boothe)

September 12, 2016

Alabama Dept. of Human Resources Code says in

Chapter 660-1-2 (d) Aid in the preservation, rehabilitation and reuniting of families

DHR has failed to demonstrate any evidence of this code for my family for years.

I am tired of being ignored, seeing my children abused, and being denied the basic rights of an American citizen to live my life free from government abuse. There has never been any legitimate reason for my children to be taken from me. My life was almost destroyed by your false accusations against my brother, Haydn. I spent too many years in the care of people who actually did abuse me and my children. Now you are using your control to ruin the lives of my children and the rest of my family.

“The Federal baseline statement for abuse is: Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or an act or failure to act, which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.”

SCDHR, you think you know what I might do in the future, but how do you know what I will do? You do not know me! SCDHR you have been proven to be abusive to children in your care over and over again for years. In my family, it’s been a lifetime of attacks and tearing our family apart with lies and no real protection from the abuse SCDHR has allowed. My sister’s baby, Braelon, almost died from medical neglect, but SCDHR returned Brendan and Braelon back to the same abusive, mold infested facility at Child Haven in Cullman. You allowed the staff at Child Haven to lie on my grandmother. My grandmother never told Brendan not to eat or not go to school. In case you do not know it, my grandmother is an educator, so school is important. Also, my grandmother makes sure we have plenty to eat. My grandmother was upset because Brendan told us that she was not getting anything to eat when she was being transported for visits. Two different times Child Haven neglected medical attention for Braelon, but my sister and her baby were returned to Child Haven both times. Yall caused emotional damage to me, Haydn, Braedan, Jonna, and Brendan. I was abused while in foster care.  I was told was that I could have as many babies as I wanted because my foster mom would take care of them. I witnessed my own children being hit when we were with Maxine Berry, but no one stopped the abuse. I even threatened to call the police because Maxine was hitting me and my son, Haydn. Maxine said “Now, who are they going to believe, me or you?”  Now two of my children have been given to strangers with the plan for them to be adopted, and your plans are that they never know that I am their mother. NO child should ever have to endure the trauma SCDHR does to children but yall continue to say that we (my family) are the problem.  I want justice to be served.


I have listed the questions I have been asking for years, but no one seems to want to answer me. My questions are:

1.      Erin, you were the GAL for my son Haydn Boothe and my daughter Ka’myia Lett since they were born in 2012 and 2013. I had both of these children while I was in foster care (I was 16 and 17 years old when they were born) because DHR accused my grandparents Dee & Rodney Prince of abusing us. Erin, you are also the GAL for my daughter Avyonna, my nephew Braelon, and you requested to be the GAL for my sister, Brendan (you had Patrick Kennedy removed as her GAL). You never brought diapers for my children or gave me money for my children while I was in foster care before Mrs. Howard died. You never came to Monroeville to check on me or my children. The only time I saw you was at court. You never gave me anything for my birthday.

2.      Erin, why did you have Patrick Kennedy removed from Brendan’s case. But he is still the GAL for my brother Braedan’s case. Patrick Kennedy has been the Gal for me and my siblings. He does not return calls, and he never came or called to check on any of us while we were in foster care.

3.      I want to know why my grandparents continue to be harassed and accused of abusing my siblings by SCDHR. All they have ever done is take care of me and my siblings. Why does DHR leave us alone for a few years, but then yall come back and say you have a report of abuse? My grandparents have had to hire an attorney many times over the years. They have been investigated and every time these investigations were reported as non-founded and my siblings were returned to my grandparents. I did not return to my grandparents until after I was made to leave the system because I did not want to leave my children in foster care.

4.      How can you accuse my grandparents of abusing us for over 20 years, but still allow children to live with them if they have done what yall said? The reason is because yall know yall lied on my grandparents just like yall are lying on me! Now, SCDHR is accusing me of abusing Avyonna. How can I abuse a child I have never been allowed to be alone with, except when she was born?

5.      How can yall say I might abuse Avyonna, so that is the reason yall refuse to return her to me? She was 3 days old when SCDHR took her from the hospital. I never got to bring her home!

6.      I want to know why DHR worker Erica Robinson from Shelby County and a worker from Jefferson County came to the hospital at UAB to take Avyonna and my sister Jonna’s baby on May 10, 2016.  Jonna and I both had our babies the same day, May 9, 2016 at the same hospital if you have not targeted my family to kidnap our babies.

7.      Since I had my baby in Jefferson County, how was Adrianna Carter from Shelby County DHR able to come to that hospital on May 12, 2016 and take my baby? SCDHR worker Felicia Cooper found out I was pregnant with Avyonna when I had my last visit with Haydn and Ka’myia in December 2015 before yall terminated my rights.

8.      Erin, how is it that you take diapers to my sister Brendan for her baby Braelon and you gave her and my brother Braedan money for their birthday in August 2016 of this year? You never gave me money for my birthday and you were on my case since Haydn was born in 2012.

9.      Erin, why have you told Suzhan and Brendan that you are not suing our family? I have the lawsuit that names me, my mother-Suzhan, my uncle, Jeremy Collins, my grandparents Dee & Rodney Prince, and the people who have told the truth about what SCDHR is doing to our family. Juda Myers- Choices4life, Terri Lapoint,, and Meko Haze- The

10.  Erin why did you say you would drop the lawsuit against my family, but you were going to continue to sue Ms. Terri, Ms. Juda, and Meko?

11.  Yall need to know that Ms. Terri, and Ms. Juda was at the hospital with my family when DHR showed up to take Braelon. They are reporting the truth about how DHR steals babies. I wish they had been at the hospital when SCDHR kidnapped Avyonna.

12.  Erin, why have you told my sister that you were going to sue Choices4life and give her the money so she can raise Braelon instead of paying her attorney? Aren’t you appointed by the court, so you and Bill get paid anyway, right? My grandparents should not have to hire all these attorneys to dispute all these lies SCDHR is telling against my family.

13.  Why did you tell Brendan that she cannot see my grandparents, or talk to my grandmother? Do you not care how much you are upsetting my family? Brendan is begging to see our grandmother, but yall won’t allow her to. Brendan calls me and asks me how Nanna is doing.

14.  Do you know that I had a visit with Avyonna at my grandparent’s house on June 15, 2016? This was the same day SCDHR came to the hospital and took Braelon. After he was taken, the visits were changed to my apartment and my grandparents were allowed to visit too.

15.  Why can’t my grandparents see my baby Avyonna. Everything was fine with them visiting my baby until Tonya lied and said my grandmother said stuff she did not say. Tonya also lied on me and said I did stuff I did not do. Tonya would not allow me to do anything for my baby without always correcting me or telling me how I needed to hold her, feed, her, or change her. I know that yall are going to believe your workers over me, but the purpose of this letter is so somebody will listen and answer my questions. I am tired of being ignored. I am tired of not being with my children. I am tired of watching my grandmother cry because she can’t see her grandchildren. The last time my grandparents saw Avyonna was July 19, 2016 when Tonya brought the baby to Jack’s in Alabaster.

16.  Why did yall make my family go to Hearthstone in Cullman for visits with the twins and my nephew? Why do they lock us in this building and the only way we can get out is if someone has a key. While I was at Hearthstone visiting Brendan and Braedan, it took a worker trying 5 different keys before he could get the door opened. What happens to a family that is locked in this building if a fire happens? I can tell you what will happen, everyone will die because they cannot get out. Yall do not need to lock families in these buildings. We are not criminals.

17.  Erin, you have been to my mother’s house (Suzhan Pettus) and her partner Martha Nelson several times before Brendan and Braelon were released from Child Haven to Suzhan. I know you have been there several times since they have been at Suzhan’s. You claim you have been to my house, but you have not.

18.  Erin how come you offer to buy curtains, hang doors, hire someone from your church to fix Suzhan’s bathroom, help clean out the bedroom by moving stuff to the storage building so Braedan will have a bedroom, but you never seem to have the time to even come to my apartment in Alabaster to see how I have everything set up for Avyonna?

19.  Why has DHR been able to change the visits that were set up in an ISP for Avyonna to be brought to my grandmother’s house or my apartment? I want to know why me and Anthony have to go to Columbiana and Erin’s office for our visits, and there was not an ISP to make these changes.

20.  Erin what are you doing to have my baby returned to me and Anthony?  DHR has not offered us any services at all to reunite me and Anthony with our baby. Riane Hinton refuses to give us gas vouchers, but she offers transportation for Suzhan and Brendan.

21.  Why have yall denied my grandparents and me visits with Haydn, Ka’myia, and now Avyonna? Why have yall denied my grandparents visits with Brendan and Braelon? Why do yall make our family come to SCDHR for visits?

22.  If yall are working to reunite our family, then why can’t Avyonna spend week-ends with me and Anthony?

23.  Erin, how much money have you spent to help my sister- Brendan and her baby-Braelon, but you have ignored me and my baby-Avyonna?

24.  Erin, how come when Suzhan filed a petition to have custody to my two children (Haydn & Ka’myia), she was not good enough for my babies, but now she’s good enough to have my sister and her baby? Since my mother was denied to have custody of my children, my parental rights have been terminated and I can no longer see my children, and yall are placing them for adoption without giving me a chance to be a mother. I spent 7 years in the system from the age of 12 until I was 19. Why have yall not offered to help me get an apartment and get my children? I have done everything I was instructed to do by SCDHR, and I still don’t have my baby. Star Pope told me I had to get a job. I have worked since before I graduated high school. Star Pope said me and Anthony had to have our own place. We could not live in the mother-in-law apartment at my grandparent’s house. We have our own apartment at Fox Valley. We both work (we both recently earned a promotion), and we have a car. Anthony has passed the drug tests he took, but yall still make excuses not to return my baby.

25.  Erin, I want to know why Anthony is being made to color code for drug test when he has passed all of them? Martha Nelson, my mother’s partner has not been made to drug test, but Brendan and Braelon are allowed to live there. Martha has a long history of drug abuse, but I am sure yall already know that and you chose to ignore it. Now yall are planning to release Braedan from Brantwood and send him to Suzhan too.

26.  Have yall forgotten that Suzhan has never raised any of her five children? She did not want us. She wanted all of us placed for adoption. That is why all five of us were raised by our grandparents! Our grandparents taught us right from wrong, but we did not always do what they said. We made wrong decisions. How can you hold my grandparents responsible for our mistakes? Do yall hold your parents responsible for every decision you made that you knew was against what you were taught? My grandparents raised us in church. When I was in foster care, I was not allowed to attend church in all of the foster homes I was in. I was allowed to go occasionally.

27.  Yall refuse to bring us to our home church. Braedan wants to attend church at Alabaster, but Riane Hinton will only allow him to attend the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, but yall bring him to visit my mother and sister every Sunday afternoon. Why can’t he attend church if he is already here? Why can’t Avyonna be brought to church anymore? Tonya brought her to church and attended the service with us. I want my baby to attend church with me and my husband.

28.  The mention of foster homes reminds me that I was in 9 placements over the years. 1. Mountain View-Gadsden, 2. Brewer Porch-Tuscaloosa, 3. Bridget & David Childs- Tuscaloosa, 4. Gloria Patton- Tuscaloosa, 5. Mary Robinson-Tuscaloosa, 6. Emma Gullage (I was abused here), 7. Three Springs-Huntsville (found out I was pregnant with Haydn), 8. Rannie & Sonny Howard- Monroeville, 9. Maxine & TB Berry- Monroeville. I was forced to leave the Berry’s without my children. I was reported as a run-away when I was made to leave. DHR knew that I was with Anthony, but yall would not allow me and Anthony to have our children.

29.  Does anyone notice that I was placed several hours from my grandparents that live in Alabaster, Alabama every time I was moved? By the way, when my other siblings were in foster care, we were not allowed to see each other, and they were hours away from home too. My grandparents drove to Tuscaloosa many times to pick me up for week-end visits. They picked Jonna up for week-end visits too when she was in Talladega and Enterprise. They drove all over the state to visit Haydn when he was not allowed to come home. They have continued to drive to Cullman and SCDHR every week since yall took my siblings just to visit with them. My grandparents provide meals for all of us when we have visits. My grandmother made chicken and dumplings and an apple cobbler. She took her crock pot to Hearthstone in Cullman because she wanted to make sure we ate together as a family. DHR has tried to destroy our love for each other as a family. I hope yall know that is not possible because we were raised to love each other while we were with our grandparents.

30.  I was raised in foster care, but yall say I am an unfit mother, then what does that say about the foster care system that has failed me and my children?

31.  When Blakely Moore removed me from my grandparent’s home against my will, I was strapped to a gurney and placed in the back of an ambulance. I did not want to go with DHR. I tried to tell them we were not abused by our grandparents. I was screaming for them to release me! I was begging for my grandmother to help me and not let them take me. She could not get to me because of the police officers DHR brought with them. I was taken to Mountain View in Gadsden. I was terrified to be strapped down and I could not move. The solution yall had was to give me drugs to calm me down. I did not need drugs, I needed my family!

32.  What about all the drugs like Abilify and Respirdol DHR was allowed to give me against my will? They also drugged my twin brother Haydn and my sister Jonna while they were in facilities too. We all are dealing with side effects of medications yall forced us to take. My brother still complains of his joints and chest aching.

33.  Why is DHR allowed to take me and my siblings to have a psychological evaluation and claim we are depressed and we need medication? Did anybody ever stop to think I was depressed because I missed my family? Rather than allow children to be raised by loving grandparents yall ripped me and my siblings from our grandparent’s home and because we were depressed you chose to drug us instead of complying with your own code to Aid in the preservation, rehabilitation and reuniting of families.

34.  When I refused to take the medication, I was accused of being defiant!

35.  Why were both of my brothers taken to Deegan Malone to have a psycho sexual evaluation without anyone knowing what was going on?

36.  I want to know how my twin brother Haydn Boothe was sent to Deegan Malone when he was 12 years old and he was accused of being a sexual predator. My brother never did anything to any of us. All he did was hold me down and pop my bra strap. We wrestled all the time. I have stated many times he did not rape me or my sisters, but yall accused him of raping me.

37.  If you thought my brother Haydn raped me or my sisters, then why didn’t yall do a rape kit on us? Yall have no evidence against my brother, but yall managed to ruin his life with your lies! NO one did medical tests on me to prove he did anything. NO one believed me when I said he did NOT rape me. DHR interrogated my brother for almost 5 hours until he broke. He actually said “what ever yall said I did, I did it”. He did not have an attorney present nor were my grandparents allowed to be with him. Questioning kids alone seems to be something SCDHR enjoys doing.

38.  I want to know how Deegan Malone is the only person yall have to do these evaluations.


40.  Now my younger brother, Braedan is being sent to Deegan and now he is accused of being a sexual pervert too. He has never done anything either, but now yall want to put him on medications too and ruin his life! Braedan has had a cell phone since he was 12. He has never accessed anything on it but dancers and Christian artists because my grandmother checked his phone randomly so he never knew when she’d ask him for it. My brother is being accused of putting porn on a phone given to him by foster parents, Jim and Amy Glimpse. How do we know they didn’t put the porn on that phone to trap him?  Yall continue to keep us separated and traumatize my family.

41.  How come Sherry Whitehead took my 14 year old brother Braedan on July 22, 2016 while we were in court to Deegan Malone for a psycho-sexual evaluation?

42.  I want to know why SCDHR did not have a placement for Braedan on July 22, 2016 when he was removed from the Glimpse’s home in Cullman. He had to stay with Sherry Whitehead at SCDHR until almost 10 P.M. to wait on someone to transport him.

43.  How come my brother Haydn was released in 2013 to live with my grandparents?  Yall knew Brendan and Braedan lived there too. Someone please tell me why SCDHR released Haydn to come back to our grandparent’s house if yall say he cannot be with young children. Yall knew there was nothing to worry about from the beginning, but treated yall him like a criminal without any representation or proof! In the U.S. we have rights but yall have consistently taken our constitutional rights away.

44.  Yall said Braedan cannot be with other children under the age of 14 either. Then can someone please tell me why he is being sent to our mother’s house? I will tell you why! He is not guilty of doing anything wrong and yall know it.

45.  How come all the charges yall had against my brother Haydn were dropped when he came back to live with my grandparents in 2013? My brother completed all yalls programs for being a sex pervert, but yall still want him to spend more money and stay on probation. He should not be on probation at all and the reason is because yall know he did not do anything wrong, but yall have destroyed my brother’s life with yalls lies! We were 12 years old when yall took us from my grandparents. Haydn spent 5 years in Hill Crest, Mt. Meigs, Vacca, Safety Net, and Tri Will because yall wanted him in the system so you can get money. Now yall are trying to do the same thing to my brother Braedan. Why can’t yall leave my family alone and let us be a family?

46.  How come everything was fine for Brendan and Braedan to live with my grandparents with Haydn until Braelon was born? Why did SCDHR think they needed to take my nephew when he was 2 days old on June 15, 2016 and the only reason yall gave was safety concerns? I’ll tell you why. Yall kidnapped my nephew and my brother and sister so you can get more money.

47.  Why did SCDHR wait until the next day to come to my grandparent’s house if yall were concerned for their safety to get my sister and brother- Brendan & Braedan on June 16, 2016? I was there at my grandparent’s house when yall came to get the twins. I am the one that made the video of yall lying to my siblings when they were told they would not be split up. There were several police officers that came with DHR and one of those officers threatened to use a tazer on Braedan because he did the same thing I did. He refused to go with DHR. My grandmother begged him to go peacefully, so they would not hurt him like they did me when I was removed against my will.

48.  I was at the hospital when Sam came in to see Braelon. My grandparents did not invite him there. My grandmother followed the instructions the police gave her to call Sam’s mother and bring him to the hospital for the DNA test. My grandfather was not there when Sam got there. So why are yall accusing my grandparents of abusing Brendan for allowing the rapist to come to the hospital? The only reason I know of is so yall can tear our family apart and tell more lies on us. The police should have escorted Sam and his mother out of the hospital. Detective Ray should never have told my grandmother to call Sam’s mother. The hospital staff should not have allowed them to come into Brendan’s room. Why didn’t THEY protect her? Everyone else in the room had to sign in but NOT Sam and his mother? As a matter of fact, we had all 5 of the badges in the room with us. We are still trying to figure out how they gained access to Brendan’s room.

49.  No one but SCDHR and the police knew Sam was a rapist until after my sister’s story went on the internet. SCDHR keeps telling my grandparents that the twins cannot come back to their house because of all the media stories.

50.  Sam raped a girl in June of 2015. Her family reported the rape just like my family did when he raped my sister. Sam was never arrested for the rape until my sister’s story hit the internet. If yall had done your job, he would have been in jail and he would not have been able to rape Brendan.

51.  There was no media coverage when SCDHR came to UAB WEST and took Avyonna. The only people there was me and Anthony. If yall are saying the twins can’t come home to my grandparent’s house because of the media coverage, then why can’t I have Avyonna back since yall taking my baby was not in the media?

52.  Bill, why did you and Bubba Green call my grandmother and offer to represent Brendan when she needed an attorney after SCDHR took Braelon?

53.  Bill, why did you tell my grandmother that I dug my own grave and that is why I lost my children? My grandmother had you on speaker phone and I heard everything you said. If I dug my own grave, weren’t you supposed to dig me out if you are my attorney? Instead, you pushed me in the grave and threw the dirt on top of me.

54.  Bill, why did you allow DHR to terminate my parental rights on Haydn and Ka’myia? You knew I did not abandon my children or do what I was accused of, but you did not represent my interests to keep my children.

55.  Bill, have you filed the motion you promised to appeal the termination of parental rights for my children?

56.  When I aged out of the system and emancipated myself at 19 in 2015, why was I not allowed to take my children with me?

57.  Bill, have you filed the petition you promised to have Avyonna returned to me since you admitted that you know SCDHR took her illegally?

58.  Why did Erica Robinson tell me that they were taking Avyonna because I had an open case with SCDHR? I know my Constitutional Rights have been violated. I want my baby returned to me. I want another hearing to have Haydn and Ka’myia returned to me as well. I do not want my children adopted or remain in foster care!

59.  How much longer do I have to wait to get my baby back? She is almost 5 months old! Our next court date is set for October 5, 2016. I want this date to be about returning my baby, not my sister’s case and her baby, or my brother. It seems every time I have a court date, all yall want to talk about is my sister’s case and the media coverage. My baby was taken a month before my sister’s baby was born. We all know that if Brendan’s story was not made public our family would be separated from Braelon too and he would be in a foster home somewhere just like my children. I do not want to continue to visit my baby at SCDHR, I want my baby returned to me and my husband.

60.  There are so many laws that have been broken by SCDHR employees, Bessemer Police Department, and the Alabaster Police Department because they assisted SCDHR in kidnaping our babies when they did not have a warrant or a court order to remove Avyonna, Braelon, Brendan, or Braedan.

61.  Yall know that none of you would want to endure any of the trauma that me and my family has gone through for over 20 years. All anyone has to do is look at all the evidence against SCDHR for harassing my family and kidnapping our children. The trafficking of innocent children that is taking place in Alabama needs to stop and hopefully, there will be enough honest people look at our case and help us get our children returned. I look forward to having justice prevail and hearing your response.



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