A very special level of hell awaits this disgusting example of humanity:
Police arrested a 31-year-old woman who was the legal guardian of her best friend’s children when one child, a 22-month-old girl, died last year. Sarah Mascorro Sifuentes is in Bexar County Jail in lieu of $100,000 on a charge of injury to a child by omission in connection with the death of Cyleste Gonzales on Oct. 26, 2008.
On that date, Sifuentes called 911 to report the toddler was not breathing and was turning blue, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Emergency responders found the child not breathing, covered in bruises, and with an apparent broken arm, the affidavit states.
Cyleste was taken to Methodist Hospital, where she died upon arrival.
According to the affidavit, Sifuentes had been the legal guardian for Cyleste and her brother for eight months when Cyleste died. While examining the child, doctors found bruises in various stages of healing on her body, as well as fingernail marks, the affidavit states.
Sifuentes admitted to police that during the time she cared for Cyleste, she had never taken the child to get medical treatment. Sifuentes’ 7-year-old daughter told police she saw her mother jerk Cyleste by the arm, causing her to hit her head on the wall; she then heard her mother hit Cyleste and heard the child scream, the affidavit states.
The girl told police her mother was angry because she wanted to take a nap, the affidavit states.
The girl also told police she saw her mother drag Cyleste by the legs after she threw up, and detectives and doctors determined her bruises and fingernail marks were consistent with being dragged, the affidavit states.
A babysitter who saw Cyleste nine days before she died told police she noticed the girl’s arm was swollen and that she was holding her arm by her side, and another witness who saw Cyleste five days later said the toddler’s arm was wrapped in a brown wrap. Sifuentes’ daughter said she saw her mother put Cyleste’s arm in a sling “like you use with a broken arm,” the affidavit states.
A 22-month old girl. A baby, for God’s sake.
The San Antonio office of Child protective Services has been in free-fall for as long as I’ve lived in San Antonio — at least the last eight years. The average length of service for any caseworker is close to one year, and usually less than that. Caseloads are in the thousands of children per caseworker; a situation that has lead more than one caseworker I’ve talked with to break down in tears during the conversation. There is no continuity of care with these kids, and children like Cyleste who are private placements that don’t go through the CPS system aren’t even tracked by the state.
Where was the mother? WHERE THE HELL WAS THE @#$%^*&!?!! MOTHER??? KENS-5 TV noted both her biological parents are in prison. As a commenter on the website noted, “Now two families are affected by the (parents) CHOICES.” Exactly right.
Governor Perry, Pay Attention. Children are dying here.