Mother of SIDS victim searches for answers why other two kids were taken away
Twenty-four-year-old Macon mother Neilisa Waller is searching for answers after The Georgia Department of Family and Child Services took away her 4-year-old and 2-year-old sons.
The mother says she woke up around 1 a.m. on December 30th and found her youngest son 6-month-old Nathan lifeless in his crib next to her bed. The infant was found to have died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and Waller was cleared from any wrongdoing, but not before her two older kids were taken away.
"To also have your other two children removed, the same day you find your baby dead, it's painful, words can't even express how mad I am," Waller said.
Waller says a Macon police detective and a social worker came to her home, the day of the death, telling Waller they had heard rumors Waller had smothered the child, or wasn't home when the child died.
Waller says the unfounded allegations may have come to the detective second-hand from a neighbor who holds a grudge against Waller. She says she once called DFACS on the neighbor for allegedly giving a child alcohol among other things.
Waller says there was no investigation to try and verify the allegations, instead her two children 4-year-old Jordan and 2-year-old Chase were taken away and placed in foster homes.
"I always hear stories about other situations and other people that lost their children and hearing what happened with their story, but I never in a million years thought that this would happen to me," Waller said.
Waller says two days after the death of her son, the Police Department said her case was closed. She was cleared of any wrongdoing, but she still didn't have her kids back.
She says she has contacted DFACS, filled out and filed the proper paperwork, but they still only allow her two one-hour supervised visits a week.
"I called DFACS and every time I call them, they don't know, they don't know, they don't know, and I called the detective, they said they closed the case, so why do y'all still have my children in foster care, I want my kids back," Waller said.
A spokesperson for DFACS says the agency isn't allowed to talk about individual cases. Waller says she has a court hearing on Wednesday and is hoping it may shed more light on the situation.
"I want to act out of anger but my main priority is to get my children back, I don't want to fight or get locked up out of anger, I want my kids back," Waller said.
A spokesperson for DFACS didn't know the exact policy on placing kids in foster care, but said she wold forward the information as soon as it becomes available. A request for information was also placed to the Macon Police Department, asking if it was proper procedure to place children in custody before any allegations against the parents have been substantiated.
Police spokesperson Jami Gaudet said she would check, but still hasn't followed up with any information.