Oklahoma Department of Human Services worker testifies in trial concerning foster child's death

Edmond foster parent has been charged in the death of a child she was caring for in 2009.
BY TIFFANY GIBSON tgibson@opubco.com Published: September 23, 2011
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A facility worker testified Thursday that Naomi seemed healthy when she was placed there. With only two incident reports of her smashing her finger and hitting her head on a water fountain, the woman said she seemed like a normal child.

Another worker who used to interact with Naomi said she didn't have a problem eating or walking.

“She would play with her little brother and put her face on his,” the worker said. “She was a sweet little girl.”

Humphreys told the jury many times that DHS has a policy to try to reunite families; therefore, she made a plan to help the parents receive treatment.

Scott Adams, Holder's attorney, said that his client began fostering Naomi in September 2008 after Kayla Whitecrow left the facility and abandoned her children.

He said Holder believed the girl might have been abused because she would shake and act distant. Adams said this was made known to DHS, however, they proceeded to try and reunite the girl with their birth mother.

Humphreys testified that dealing with Holder was often difficult because of her demands. She said she tried to organize visits between Naomi and her biological mother, but Holder would always cancel the plans.

Adams said that Holder was caring for three other children at the time and needed more notice to plan visits.

He questioned Humphreys' concern for Naomi, asking why she never visited them.

She testified that she only spent five minutes with Naomi at a Christmas party in December 2008, but noticed that her body language seemed distant.

“She kind of looked through me,” Humphreys said. “Her eyes looked hollow. She looked sad.”


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