On June 4, Ian Sousis, a foster child, ran away from a residential treatment center in Kentucky. Four hours later, his body was found in the Ohio River. He had accidentally drowned. Ian was nine years old.
On July 17, Ja'Ceon Terry, a foster child, died in another residential treatment center in Kentucky. The cause of death is unknown. [UPDATE, SEPT. 16, 2022: According to the Jefferson County Coroner, the cause was homicide - due to "positional asphyxia."] But we do know this: Ja’Ceon was seven years old.
People are asking lots of questions about these specific cases. But so far, no one has asked the most important question of all: Why is Kentucky institutionalizing such young children?