published Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Medical treatment delayed 7 hours in foster care child death

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    Saharah Weatherspoon, 2, died of injuries received while in foster care in Ringgold, Ga.

A foster parent of a child who died New Year's Day from injuries reportedly received in a fall down stairs in Catoosa County waited seven hours before seeking help, according to a heavily redacted case summary documents obtained from the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services.

Two-year-old Saharah Weatherspoon died of what authorities called “life-threatening” injuries from a fall on Dec. 29, 2013.

Saharah's mother, Jennifer Palmer, told the Times Free Press in January she believed her daughter died of violence at the hands of the foster parents who had custody of her.

The case summary — which contains information about Saharah and her older brother but in a disjointed form because of redactions — describes earlier injuries and delayed medical care. There are allegations of neglect, abuse and maltreatment. Photographs of injuries were submitted to DFCS officials on at least one occasion by daycare workers.

Stay with the Times Free Press for continuing coverage of this developing story.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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