| Posted on Mon, October, 13th 2014 by THCFinder
Warning; This story is extremely upsetting and may trigger extreme emotions, especially since the situation that this tragedy occured in could've been prevented many times. Please prepare yourself.
Colorado is the last place that you would expect a child to be taken from biological parental care because of marijuana use. But unfortunately, due to the negativity associated with cannabis and people's utter ignorance, it does happen. As in the case of baby Angel Lane, an eleven month old that was taken from her parents after her parents were found to be arguing and her father admitted to smoking cannabis. According to recent statistics and studies released, homes that involve cannabis users are actually less likely to be homes with domestic violence problems. Angel being removed should have been the last step in the process and only if the child was in actual harm (she wasn't).
The foster mother, 20 year old Sydney Danielle White, is married to the brother of Angel's mother. While the child was in her care and papers were being processed for White to adopt the child, White reportedly shook the baby girl when she wouldn't stop crying. After gripping her by the throat and dropping the small child, White only stopped when her biological 2 year old came in to the room and begged her to stop. White put the infant in her crib and left her alone. When someone tried to wake the baby, she wouldn't respond and stopped moving on the entire right side of her body. Angel was taken to St. Mary's Hospital on the 16th of September and then air lifted to Denver Children's Hospital. After being taken off life support, this little baby left this world on September 17th, 2014.
Angel was taken from her biological parents after Theodore Place, the father, admitted to human services that he smoked marijuana. The parents were allegedly fighting and this admittance to using the plant was enough for human services to intervene in the family's life and take the infant away, giving her to a too young foster mother (According to Colorado law, a foster parent must be over the age of 21 to legally foster a child and White, 20, obviously didn't meet that requirement). During the separation from their daughter, the Place's assumed that their daughter was safe, especially since White is married to a family member.
But the home that Angel went to wasn't screened properly, as you can clearly see, even though the biological parents were under the impression that the home had been looked over by human services. Tierra, Angel's mother, said that her brother checked in with her every day about Angel and the brother said that the baby was developing in a healthy manner. Tierra's statement to a local news station is heartbreaking, saying "This is like losing her twice. I don't know how someone could possibly do that to a baby... Inside I know she is walking with god."