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Foster-care death in Wilson to get scrutiny

BY RANDY ELLIS AND MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: November 26, 2008 at 2:32 pm •  Published: November 26, 2008
sought to have custody of the boys awarded to him or other adults in his family but was not successful.

Gifford acknowledged he’d made mistakes during the process to get the children back, including failing two drug tests and threatening a social worker. But he said he recently got his life in order and got a commercial driver’s license this month, hoping to be a truck driver.

A DHS case worker called Gifford on Tuesday to inform him of the accident but would not tell him where it occurred. Gifford said he was not allowed to know where the boys were living.

George Johnson, DHS spokesman, confirmed John was in DHS custody but refused to say whether the 13-year-old girl was a foster child. She was not related to the victim by blood, said Gifford’s mother, Havlik, 65, of Oklahoma City.

"In any child death, there is an immediate investigation and the results will be turned over to the district attorney,” he said.

Johnson said state law prevents him from providing additional details. has disabled the comments for this article.