Children rescued from northern NM compound placed in foster care
August 08, 2018 10:18 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The 11 children, found living in a compound in Taos County, are now in foster care, according to CYFD Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson.
She couldn’t release specific details about the children, ranging in age from 1 to 15 years old, but she spoke to KOB 4 about how CYFD handles cases, in general.
"We'll be working to get them medical assessments, dental assessments. Over time we want to make sure we're getting all their behavioral health needs met," said Jacobson.
According to court documents, one of the eleven children told their foster parent they'd been trained, "…in the use of an assault rifle in preparation for a future school shooting, to kill as many people as possible."
The documents also state the children were transported across state lines for the purpose of "receiving advanced weapons training to commit future acts of violence."
Jacobson addressed whether parents should be concerned about the children possibly attending public school, now that they're in foster care.
"It's really premature at this point for us to have these children in school, we're focused on doing education assessments, we're focused on determining the proper ages of these children," she said.
Jacobson added there are other options than public school when it comes to CYFD determining what's best for a child's education.
"We've had situations before where we will homeschool children if we don't feel like a public school setting is the appropriate setting for them right now,” she said. “We can look at online options. So we definitely treat every case as an individual case and try to do what's in the best interest of the children, of their safety, keeping them safe, the public safety."
Jacobson also said that foster parents will always be made aware of a child's situation before that child is placed in their home.
Updated: August 08, 2018 10:18 PM
Created: August 08, 2018 09:59 PM
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