Little girl pays horrendous price for child safety blunder
IN A tragic Child Safety blunder, a young girl was taken from her loving grandmother and placed in a foster home where she was brutally raped by the foster mother's son.
Member for Bowman Andrew Laming said the girl was four when she was delivered into the arms of a monster on Brisbane's northside for no good reason.
"In the twisted world of child protection, the girl was repeatedly raped in foster care after being removed from her grandmother for no better reason than she lived half an hour too far away," Dr Laming said.
He said the 60-year-old grandmother who cannot be named, was given custody of the girl after her son and his partner became addicted to ice.
The girl lived happily with her grandmother for 14 months. But Child Safety officers suddenly returned to tell the grandmother the child was being moved to a new home on Brisbane's northside so she could be closer to her parents who were undergoing a drug rehabilitation program.
Dr Laming said the seven-year-old girl lived in the foster home from the ages of four to six. The assaults were discovered by the foster mother who contacted the Child Safety department.
A major police investigation followed. Details of the case, including the name of the offender, were not released to protect the victim's identity.
An earlier report of the assaults described them "horrific" and "shocking".
A spokeswoman for the Justice Department confirmed the assailant had pleaded guilty to a string of sex charges and would be sentenced in the District Court next month.
His file was sealed but the charges were described on the court log as sex offences. There was a further unspecified charge under the Domestic Violence Act.
Dr Laming said it was obvious the Child Safety department's vetting process was a seriously awry.
He said he believed children should be kept with blood relatives and not sent to strangers.
The grandmother had cared for the child "impeccably" and was now sick with guilt that she had not tried harder to convince the department not to move the child.
Child Safety Minister Di Farmer declined to comment.