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DCFS substantiates abuse, neglect allegations against foster parents

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on Fri, 06/08/2012 - 10:11
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BLOOMINGTON — The Department of Children and Family Services has found enough “credible evidence” to substantiate allegations of abuse and neglect against Cullom foster parents who were caring for a Bloomington girl who died May 4, 2011.

The foster parents’ names now will go on the State Central Register of “indicated” child abusers.

Four-year-old Kianna Rudesill was taken by ambulance from the foster home to OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac after emergency personnel received a call from the residence about a child having seizure-like symptoms on May 3, 2011.

She was later flown to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria where she underwent surgery and was taken off life support.

In August, a coroner’s jury ruled the death a homicide.

A forensic pathologist’s report stated Kianna suffered eight points of impact to her head and face “causing deeper intracranial injuries,” seven on her back and 18 on her arms and legs. He also said the injuries were “more consistent with inflicted rather than accidental blunt trauma.”

The Livingston County state’s attorney has not filed charges in the case. The Pantagraph has not named them because no charges have been filed.

First Assistant State’s Attorney Randy Yednak said Wednesday the office “will review the results of the DCFS investigation to see if it sheds light on our investigation.”

DCFS removed Kianna’s other three siblings and the foster parents’ two biological children from the home at the time of the incident and began an investigation into allegations of abuse and neglect by the foster parents.

DCFS spokesman Kendall Marlowe said Wednesday the department’s investigation concluded about a week ago, and the foster parents’ names will be listed on the State Central Register of “indicated” child abusers.

That means the couple can not be foster parents or work in any job that requires a DCFS background check, Marlowe said.

The State Central Register is not open to the public but is accessible to employers who have a signed release from a job applicant.

An attempt to reach John Cohlan, the attorney representing the foster parents, was unsuccessful.