Listen to Baby Isabella’s mother speak with CKNW’s Zahra Premji.
Starts at 01:21, ends at 08:07
A grieving mother whose one-and-a-half year old daughter died while in foster care is suing the B.C. government and asking for an explanation.
The baby girl had been taken from her mother in 2011 after the ministry determined she was unfit to care for her child. At the time, Isabella was only two months old.
Sara-Jane Wiens says she wants answers as to why her child who was taken away from her two months after birth then later died in foster care.
“You took my child away, and I would really like some closure. She was a very special girl and I miss her a lot…it shouldn’t have happened. She shouldn’t have died.”
Added Wiens: “No one should ever have to lose a child and be told that you can’t parent. Just because you have some kind of a disability does not mean you cannot be parents, because you can.”
Sara-Jane’s lawyer Chris Heslinga, told our reporter Zahra Premji the baby died in the care of foster parents in Burnaby two years ago. The coroner could not determine the cause of death.
“Many injuries on this child. Our client at visitation also noticed bruises that she brought to the attention of staff and ministry officials and those concerns went unheard. Most disturbing part of this case is lack of adequate supervision, the apparent abuse and neglect that occurred in the foster home.”
Wiens wants answers from the staff of the Ministry of Child and Family Development, he same people who took her child to keep her safe, but she says ended up having her die in their custody.
Children and Family Development minister Stephanie Cadieux says her death is tragic, but she can’t comment on the details of Isabella Wiens.
Cadieux says the ministry does take steps to ensure kids in care are safe.
“Anytime there is any allegation of risk to a child it is our duty to investigate that, and anytime there’s a death of a child then our ministry will cooperate entirely with any authorities that are investigating and do our own reviews as well.”
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
Read the Coroner’s Report here: