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A Silence of Mockingbirds by Karen Spears Zacharias
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Apr 27, 2012

it was amazing

A book that every doctor, every teacher, every neighbor and especially every social worker, should read and internalize. It is sad to see that seven years after this child died, there are still protective failures at every level. But I do see that, in my own state of Florida.

As Zacharias says, Child Protective Services is at best a misnomer, because they become involved after a child has already been harmed or neglected. Their mandate to spare children further harm failed for Karly Sheehan, as did her mother and her community fail in keeping her safe. What a tragedy.

A searing and never exploitative account of one child's short life and horrific, protracted death.

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