CPS addresses foster care child abuse allegations of slain children


Author: Gianna Caserta, Reporter, gcaserta@click2houston.com
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas 
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There are new developments regarding the children who were killed and their history with Children's Protective Services, specifically a judge's allegations that they were abused in foster care.
Valerie Jackson, her six children and her husband, Dwayne Jackson Sr., were slain in their northwest Harris County home Saturday. Her long-time, on-again, off-again boyfriend, David Conley, is accused in their murders.
In 2013, CPS removed the children from Jackson's custody.
Joyce Watson, the executive director with the Good Hearts Youth and Family Services Child Placing Agency, would not go on camera but spoke with KPRC 2 over the phone.
Watson said Judge Glenn Devlin's allegations regarding physical abuse in foster care are false. She said they placed three of the Jackson/Conley children in foster care, but said they were never physically abused while in their care.
Watson's comments come a day after Devlin wrote a letter explaining why he dismissed the family's case.
"The court learned that one or more of the children that had been removed by CPS were being subjected to physical abuse by the foster family," the judge wrote. "I signed a standing order that day which said no foster children under the Jurisdiction of the 313th District Court shall be placed in the home of the foster family of Good Hearts and Youth and Family Services Child Placing Agency. I further ordered any children at that home to immediately be removed."
CPS said the Residential Child Care Licensing staff investigated the physical abuse allegations but they were ruled out.
The Department of Family and Protective Services sent a memo to state lawmakers, outlining the agency's history with the family.
Devlin's decision has come under scrutiny since the killings.
"They (CPS) never stated that were was a belief the children were in immediate physical danger form any person or parent," he said.
CPS said the case is still being reviewed by the Office of Child Safety and a full report is expected soon.

A memorial service for all eight victims will be held at noon Monday, Aug. 17, at Fallbrook Church 12512 at Walters Road in Houston.