Baby’s death again raises questions with few easy answers

The fragile life of the 16-month-old girl was snuffed out Oct. 11 in a possible murder-suicide involving her foster father. The violent deaths have once again shined a critical light on the system and its oversight of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

As reported by the Review-Journal’s Yesenia Amaro, Michell’s body was found dead of apparent asphyxiation in her crib Sunday morning in an apartment at the Oasis Vinings complex on Carmen Boulevard. A 9-month-old foster child inside the apartment was unharmed.

The body of Michell’s current foster father, Joaquin Juarez-Paez, was discovered in a car parked in front of the apartments. Police immediately set to work to piece together the facts surrounding the deaths.

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