The Dayton Daily News was the first to report that teachers alerted authorities to possible abuse against Takoda for years leading up to his death. Letters obtained from state lawmakers sent by teachers further show that Montgomery County Children Services was alerted about issues surrounding Takoda’s safety.
Montgomery County officials announced this week they have launched an internal review of how Children Services handled multiple reports of abuse and neglect they received over the years prior to Takoda dying Dec. 13.
“At the direction of the county commissioners, I have launched an internal review into the involvement of Montgomery County Children Services with regard to Takoda Collins,” wrote County Administrator Michael Colbert in a public statement. “This review is separate from the ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by the Dayton Police Department, as well as any review process that is conducted by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.”
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Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl also said his department is conducting an administrative review to evaluate all previous contact with Takoda.
Sandoval is confident the reviews will find investigators did not follow up diligently enough when people reported their concerns about Takoda.
“Why waste the time on doing it?” she asked our news organization when reached for comment. “We already know how it happened.”
She said she blames herself as much as anyone else.
“I let him down. Everyone let him down.”
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