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Khalil Wimes

Khalil Wimes was a six year old boy who died on March 19th, 2012 from horrific abuse and neglect over the course of many years at the hands of his birth parents. He had been given to his cousin's care when he was one week old, where he thrived under her love. Then, for reasons nobody understands, he was returned to his birth family—a couple who had already had seven children removed from their care.

Khalil Wimes DCS monitored him for one year, and according to Khalil's older sisters, the abuse started right after they stopped monitoring him. In the end, it took the medical examiner over an hour to describe all of the scars and injuries that poor Khalil endured. He weighed just 29 pounds—basically the weight of a two year old. He had a Muslim burial—attended by his loving foster mother, Alicia Nixon, and his grandmother, LaReine Nixon

Khalil Wimes Case Shows Gaps Remain in Child-Welfare System

by Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
September 24, 2012

Six years ago, after it became tragically clear that children were dying under the city's care, Philadelphia officials promised to fix things - to do better at saving innocents.

“Who is in charge who gives little children to people who are so obviously, absolutely, completely incapable of taking care of them?” one Common Pleas Court judge asked of Philadelphia's Department of Human Services

But last week, a state-mandated review detailed how Philadelphia child-welfare professionals failed at almost every juncture to rescue Khalil Wimes, a 6-year-old South Philadelphia boy the city removed from a loving foster home and returned to parents with a long history of neglect.

Those parents then starved and tortured Khalil, authorities say, while DHS failed to take any action. Khalil died March 19.

The detailed report faults decisions made by DHS staff and supervisors, a Family Court judge, city lawyers, and a primary-care physician. It makes plain that despite reform, Philadelphia's child-welfare safety net remains frayed in important ways...   Read More

Parents Held Without Bail in Death of Khalil Wimes

by Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
April 26, 2012

“A medical examiner needed 61 minutes Wednesday to fully list and describe the sea of scars that covered 6-year-old Khalil Wimes’ emaciated body.

“They are too numerous to put a number on,” Assistant Medical Examiner Aaron Rosen said, trying to count all of Khalil’s healed and recent wounds from autopsy photos.

“This is a child who had been severely beaten over a long period of time,” Rosen said, adding that Khalil had 15 visible scars across his face alone.

“How many did you count on his right hand?” asked Assistant District Attorney Carolyn Naylor.

“Give me a moment,” Rosen said.

“At least 14,” he said, finally...”    Read More

How City Agencies Failed to Save Khalil

by Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
April 24, 2012

“...The child welfare system plucked Khalil from a safe home and put him in jeopardy in the first place, then failed to rescue him when he was hurt, The Inquirer review showed.

Intent on reunifying him with his family, in 2008 the agency endorsed returning Khalil to the care of his birth parents - even though DHS had previously pulled seven of his older brothers and sisters from their custody for neglect.

Khalil was returned over the fierce objections of his court-appointed child advocate and the foster parents in whose care he had thrived.

In the last eight months of Khalil's life, city social workers saw him eight times during visits to his home and at a DHS facility, but didn't recognize that he was a child in great danger... ”   Read More



“In the Beginning”

One of my earliest childhood memories is the one where I wake up from sleep on my step uncle’s lap to find his finger inside of me. I can’t remember how old I was, I was definitely young enough to still be... More>>



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