Foster Child Dies, Neighbor Saw Signs of Abuse

Reported by: Caitlyn Jones
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Updated: 1/02 9:47 am
        The foster parents of two year old Sahara Palmer didn't answer when we went to their Catoosa County home.
        It leaves many questions unanswered like, why was Sahara left to die at T.C. Thompson Children's hospital Monday night, and how did the brain injury that ultimately killed her happen?
        Questions Sahara's biological family is trying to get the full story on.
        "We found out due to when they did the emergency surgery we found out there was a previous injury within 24 hours prior to this fall or collapse that happened.  And what happened I'm assuming as they were explaining to us is that there was some type of mini stroke due to the initial head injury," said Jonathan Smith, Sahara's uncle.
      A neighbor of the foster family says they saw warning signs.
      "Their back porch is directly across from mine and this little girl was just crying and crying and crying.  And I kept watching and they weren't letting her in. So after I heard her for maybe five minutes or so, I was gonna go over there but then they did let her in" said the neighbor.
        Sahara's mother Jennifer Palmer says she knew something wasn't right when she would visit her children.
        "There was six different occasions besides this one where my kids were bruised up, had scratches on their arms and everything was reported to my case workers and they were always investigating and nothing became of it," said Palmer.
        The Catoosa County Sheriff's Department and GBI are now investigating what happened at the foster family's home over the past 72 hours, and they've ordered an autopsy report.

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MalindaSherwyn - 1/7/2014 8:28 AM
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Seems as if the biological mother was/is deeply concerned for her children. Why were her children removed from her and placed with abusers who killed her youngest child? Did a judge order this detention of her children to these people... and on what charge?

Denise - 1/4/2014 10:20 AM
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Just curious, when a family gets complained on the cps can come take r children away on that hearsay. But a foster family gets complaints nothing happens, and kids are getting murdered every week by being taken away for their own saftey. Where is the justice. I read about it weekly.

me2014 - 1/2/2014 1:27 PM
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Just curious, but why are the foster parents still walking around free? Maybe you should ask that question and see what answer you get. I have a two year old and this case breaks my heart.
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