5-month-old foster child dies in Kaufman County home
FORNEY, Texas - The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 5-month-old foster child.
FOX 4 spoke to a neighbor, Lisa Trainor, who said the baby’s foster family has lived in the Windhill Farms neighborhood in Forney for about a year with more than half a dozen children, almost all of them foster children.
“It's right next door and, you know, we just saw them. We took them a tray of cookies for Christmas just to say hey,” she said.
Trainor has gotten to know some of the foster children who have been living next door.
“We took them to school. We didn't get to talk to them a lot, but you know, they're in foster care. One girl had told me she had come here from Dallas and it was obviously very different in Forney than were she came from,” she said. “We had seen the new bikes I think that they got for Christmas, so we were happy about that.”
Trainor said she met the youngest of them, a baby girl, at a neighborhood garage sale in September. The baby was just a month old at the time.
“They had told us that she was the biological sister of the boy, the younger boy, that was staying here,” she said.
On Saturday morning, she saw law enforcement outside the home.
“I went up to one and asked him, 'I know there's a lot of kids in that house. Are they okay?' And he said he couldn't tell us,” Trainor said.
A spokeswoman for the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office said responded to a call of an unresponsive 5-month-old who was pronounced dead at the scene.
A spokesman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services confirmed that the baby was a foster child. The four other foster children living in the home have since been moved to other homes.
An investigation into the baby's death is now underway. Detectives were at the home Saturday and Sunday but no one was arrested. Child Protective Services and the Texas Rangers are also investigating.
“So, it's heartbreaking. I feel for them for those kids,” Trainor said.
The spokeswoman for the sheriff's office said she does not believe deputies have been called to the home before this incident.