Beating death of child shows need for reform

The News report of the tragic tale of Mayouna Smith, a 3-year-old child who was both physically and sexually assaulted and later beaten to death, brought tears to my eyes and a need to speak in her behalf. Also, the article noted that Child Protective Services earlier investigated the situation and allowed the child to remain in the home. A few days later, County Executive Mark Poloncarz spoke in defense of CPS!

If it can be proven that this agency investigated the situation and failed to remove the child, the director and the agents involved should be immediately dismissed. Next, confer with School Board Member Florence Johnson and Common Council President the Rev. Darius Pridgen, who are champions for children. These individuals could offer recommendations regarding CPS. This will honor the memory of Mayouna.

Frank Salvamoser