BY VALLERY BROWN •
Modified: April 22, 2010 at 8:06 am •
Published: April 22, 2010
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Usually they occur when a person is moving around and child welfare workers aren’t able to locate them.
When Davi-Angela was born, Harber was serving time at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud for a 2004 conviction on counts of possessing a controlled dangerous substance and maintaining a place where drugs are used and sold. She received two five-year suspended sentences to be served concurrently. The suspended sentences were revoked after Harber failed to comply with the terms of her probation.
Harber’s first incarceration was in 1993 on embezzlement charges, state Corrections Department records show. Harber also has served time in prison for bringing contraband into a jail and drug charges.
Davi-Angela and her younger brother were cared for by her maternal grandmother, Billy Brown, until Harber was released from prison about a year after Davi-Angela was born.
After Davi-Angela died, Brown told DHS workers her parental rights for her own children had been taken away years before. She began caring for her grandchildren when her children were jailed.
Harber also had another child in DHS custody, the report states.
Burks said she called police two days after Davi-Angela died to alert authorities Harber still had Davi-Angela’s 11-month-old brother in her care.
"She was mean,” Burks said of Harber. "She had this problem with always hitting on those kids.”
When authorities arrived to take Harber’s son into protective custody, neighbors rushed toward the officer and Harber refused to hand over her son. The officer called for back-up and Harber was taken to jail, court records show. She later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a police officer.
Burks said on one occasion she witnessed Davi-Angela with a black eye and busted lip with big bruises on her back. Other family members told her of witnessing Harber kicking Davi-Angela.
"There were a lot of people that loved those kids, I figured somebody was taking care of it,” she said.
Harber is being held without bail in the Garfield County jail. Her next court appearance is May 11.