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Foster Care: Just another dead kid: The murder of Logan Marr.

Just another dead kid: The murder of Logan Marr.

John William Tuohy

In 2002 case of 5-year-old Logan Marr’s foster mother, a woman named Sally Ann Schofield, who worked in child welfare as a child protective service caseworker, taped Logan’s mouth shut with 47 feet of duct tape and strapped her into her high chair as 77punishment and left her alone in the basement. Logan suffocating to death.

Sally Schofield was the third foster home Logan had been shifted to since she was taken from her teenage mother, Christy Marr, in August 1998. Three foster homes in than five years. It’s a typical story for most foster kids.

Christy, unmarried and alone, lived with her mother after Logan's birth but the two argued constantly and loudly, mostly over how to raise the baby. That ended when Christy’s mother called Maine's Department of Human Services (DHS) and reported her concerns about Logan's safety because  "Christy is too immature and troubled to be a good parent to Logan," and that "Christy can't or won't put Logan's needs before her own. Kathy said that Christy screams and hollers at the baby all the time and handles her extremely roughly."
DHS sent a caseworker who assessed that despite the mother allegations, there was no immediate concerned her about Christy's parenting skills, however, the caseworker noted that Christy was involved in an unhealthy relationship with her drug using boyfriend.
In turn, the DHS told Christy that in order to maintain custody of Logan, she would have to move out of her mother’s house and find her own place to live and that any boyfriends that she allowed to stay over in her apartment would have to be cleared with DHS.  Also, she would have to temporarily end her very troubled relationship with her mother. That restriction was somewhat based on a rumor that Christy’s step-father had been convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl some year before the marriage.
Like many young women, alone with a child and no husband, Christy needed her mother’s emotional support and eventually, the two women resumed their relationship. A neighbor reported that on one occasion, Christy had left Logan alone with a baby sitter at her mother’s apartment and that the step-father had been present the entire time the child was there.
DHS overreacted of course and sought custody of Logan. Christy took her daughter and fled to Boston but, having a change of heart, she returned to Maine the same day. The next morning, at 8:00 AM sharp, two caseworkers arrived at Christy’s apartment and took 2-and-a-half-year-old Logan into state custody and placed her in foster care……and then the nightmare began.
By that time, Christy was pregnant with her second child and DHS made it clear that they would take that child as well as Logan if Christy didn’t do something to change and improve her life. So the old agreement between Christy and DHS was torn up and a new agreement was drawn. The new agreement also demanded that she cut all and any ties with her mother,  attend a variety of counseling services, including one-on-one counseling, parenting skills classes, job training and that she would live in a group home until her child was born After which she would find her own apartment.

Christy, now 21 years old, named her new child Bailey. She took an apartment and did her best to follow the agreement guidelines and with a few months. Logan was taken out of foster care and returned to her.

The three of them, Christy, Logan, and Bailey, were alone in the world so Christy reunited with her father who had moved to Florida. Some years before, during a particularly ugly divorce, Christy made a formal complaint that accused her father of molesting her, a complaint she later recanted. Now, years later, the girls moved in with Christy’s father but after nine weeks, they returned to Maine. There, Christy married a man named Paul.

DHS disapproved of Christy's trip to Florida, especially in light of the sex offender allegation made against her father. Her case was reopened and her new caseworker, a woman named Allison Peters reported an unsubstituted allegation that Christy’s new husband Paul had slapped Christy in front of the girls. Without any notice or any kind, the caseworker arrived at Christy’s apartment with two state troopers and took the girls away and placed them in foster care across the other end of the state.
Christy was devastated. She divorced Paul, took two jobs, and, although it was a struggle to get to them, began therapy. In the meantime, her girl, in foster care, began showing signs of trauma from being separated from their mothers. Logan was seen by a therapist five times and started having loud, almost violent temper tantrums causing her foster mother to write "Logan's outrage is still bad. The child has anger by the ton. Logan pushes and pushes and if I don't react, pushes further with whining and screaming and punching with closed fists and kicking."
Sally Schofield, a Maine DHS caseworker with two boys of her, decided it would be nice to have a girl and entered the states mandatory adoption training program. Her time was perfect. DHA moved Logan and her sister after a “physical incident” between Beth Logan and her foster mother. DHS has steadfastly refused to discuss the incident. Instead, the girls were handed over to the care of Sally Schofield with the understanding that the department planned to pursue terminating Christy's parental rights, meaning the girls could be adopted by Schofield.
Christy, the girl’s mother was destroyed by the attempt of DHS to terminate her parenthood.  Her therapist wrote to Allison Peters: “Christy's progress the past five months has been slow at best. She has missed several appointments blaming transportation and oversleeping (our appointments are at 2 p.m.). Recently when cut off from seeing her daughters Christy 'fell sick' not leaving the apartment or calling me for help. Christy has on a regular basis blamed others for her problems. Can't pay the rent -- no job. Can't get GED -- have to be available for my girls. Can't get a driver's license -- no one will lend me a car. The bad guys have changed since [the beginning of her counseling], but little else has. I hate to think that her relationship with her little girls will be on this yo-yo schedule for so long.”
DHS could close ranks when it had to. All of Christy’s visits to her daughter were supervised and when she noted that Logan seemed depressed, the DHS supervisors on scene discouraged her from talking with Logan about it.  
Sally Ann Schofield 

That worked until the Christmas visit on December. 18, 2000, which was videotaped with a DHS supervisor present. At that visit, Logan suddenly stopped opening her gifts and told Christy that her foster mother, Sally Ann Schofield,  had hurt her. She squeezed her cheeks together with one hand, and said, "She did this to me, and I cried, and it hurts me. She did it to my sister, too."  When Christy tried to get more information about the incident, the DHS supervisor ordered her to stop. During a second visit, Logan told Christy that Sally had roughly wrapped her in a blanket and once again the DHS supervisor ordered her not to pursue the conversation.
Logan’s behavior was out of control. She threw violent fits of rage and Sally Ann Schofield found herself in over her head. In January of 2002, the foster mother, Sally Ann Schofield quit her job as a caseworker and began the process of adopting Logan. DHS did nothing to stop her despite clear warning that she was having a difficult time dealing with Logan and had physically harmed her.
Christy’s next scheduled visit to see her daughter was canceled because of a snowstorm. That same night Sally Ann Schofield murdered Logan in her basement.
Defending or at least explaining her actions, Sally Ann Schofield said that on that day, January 31, 2001, Logan had thrown a fit "I asked her if she needed to scream and she said yes," Sally said. "I said, 'OK, well then let's put you someplace where you can scream.'"
According to Sally Schofield, of Chelsea Maine, she said that she checked on Logan every ten or fifteen minutes. After she began dinner, she returned to the basement one last time and found Logan lying in a heap on the floor, still confined to her high chair. She wasn't breathing. Before calling for emergency services, Schofield removed the duct tape and hid it. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The taoe

She lied to police when they interviewed her. Schofield said the child must have rocked herself in the high chair, knocking it over and hitting her head. Police searched the basement, found forty feet of duct tape. Testing showed the tape had been used to tie Logan into the chair and was spread across her face and mouth. When confronted by the cops, she continued to lie and then, finally, told the truth. She was arrested and charged with depraved indifference, murder, and manslaughter. Given a trial by judge, it was determined that her intent was not to kill Logan and she was sentenced to twenty-eight years in state prison. (With eight suspended. The judge also suspended three years so he could include a period of probation.)
During the trial, one of the prosecutors in the case, took 47 feet of duct tape and wound it around and around a life-size doll in a child’s highchair just like the one Schofield placed Logan in for a timeout as punishment for what Schofield said was misbehavior. The judge said any remorse Schofield expressed was minimized by her argument at trial that Logan died from a seizure rather than asphyxiation caused by Schofield. He described Logan’s death as “slow and agonizing and with substantial suffering.”
She was released on probation on April 25, 2017. Conditions of Schofield’s probation prohibit her from contact with children under 16 except for her own children and those of her relatives with supervision and permission of her probation officer. She was also was ordered to do 500 hours of public service work not involving children within 24 months of probation.
The Maine DHS, like all DHS entities across America in situations like this, got away unscathed.  Logan's caseworker, Allison Peters, was told that there was a high probability that Logan was being abused and did nothing to investigate the allegations. Peters testified at the trial but was never asked about her failure to respond to Logan's complaints about Sally. She was placed on paid administrative leave for a month. That was it. That was her entire punishment. No disciplinary action was taken against any DHS employees in connection with Logan's death.
After Logan’s death, her sister Bailey was moved to her third foster home in two and a half years. A year later, in February 2002, she was returned to mother’s care. Christy is now suffering from lung cancer that has metastasized to her right leg.

 In 2017, also in Maine, a four-year-old foster girl named Kendall Chick also had her life snubbed out by her foster parents.  Hers was a short and miserable life defined by brutality, abuse, and neglect.

Kendall Chick

Born “drug-affected” Kendall was removed from her birth parents’ custody early in her life and place, by the state Department of Health and Human Services’ Child Protective Services division with Stephen Hood, her paternal grandfather, and Shawna Gatto his fiancĂ©e. The three of them lived in a doublewide trailer on a dead-end road near Wiscasset, Maine.
Kendall, according to her grandfather was developmentally delayed and uncoordinated which he said, caused her to fall down. On the day she was murdered Kendall’s grandfather was at work and she was being watched by Gatto who was also watching two of her own grandchildren, a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old.


When the grandfather arrived home from work Gatto told him the girl had “messed herself and she was in timeout in the bathtub.” Kendall was unconscious. He called 911 but the little girl was dead by blunt force to the abdomen. Her pancreas and gastro-colonic membranes were lacerated. An autopsy found that multiple blunt force trauma to the head that caused bleeding under the scalp. There were many other bruises and cuts on her head, her neck and her arms and legs. There was blood in the bathtub, in her bed, on paper towels in a trash can and on a towel in a clothes hamper.
The medical examiner also did a microscopic examination of the girl’s thymus gland, which produced T cells to help fight infection, and found that it showed signs of “chronic physiological stress.”
Gatto is currently on trial for murder.

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But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself.
                                                                                                                         C.S. Lewis

Word origins

The word Opusculum comes from Latin, where it serves as the diminutive form of the noun opus, meaning "work." In English, opus can refer to any literary or artistic work, though it often specifically refers to a musical piece. Being a diminutive of opus, opusculum logically refers to a short or minor work. Unlike its more famous relation, however, opusculum is most often used for literary works. The Latin plural of opus is opera, which gave us (via Italian) the word we know for a musical production consisting primarily of vocal pieces performed with orchestral accompaniment.

Despot: A ruler with absolute power and authority/one exercising power tyrannically: a person exercising absolute power in a brutal or oppressive way. In the past, the word was mainly used to identify some very specific rulers or religious officials, and the title was an honorable one: it comes from a Greek word meaning "lord" or "master" and was originally applied to deities. That situation changed toward the end of the century, perhaps because of French Revolutionists, who were said to have been "very liberal in conferring this title," considered all sovereigns to be tyrannical. When democracy became all the rage, despot came to be used most often for any ruler who wielded absolute and often contemptuous and oppressive power.

The word head is from Old English heafod (top of the body).

Jell-O: The word gelatin (a substance formed by boiling bones, skin, ligaments, etc.) is from Latin gelare (to freeze). Ultimately from the Indo-European root gel- (cold; to freeze), which also gave us jelly, chill, glacier, cold, and congeal. Earliest documented use: 1935.

Parthian. Relating to, or characteristic of ancient Parthia or its people./ Or having the effect of a shot fired while in real or feigned retreat.  The adjective Parthian, which often shows up in the phrase "Parthian shot," has its roots in the military strategies of the ancient Parthians. One of the fighting maneuvers of Parthian horsemen was to discharge arrows while in real or feigned retreat. The maneuver must have been memorable because "Parthian shot" continues to be used for a "parting shot," or a cutting remark made by a person who is leaving, many centuries after the dissolution of the Parthian empire.

Bone is from Old English ban (bone)

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Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere and asks you to look through the eyes of another person, to live another life. -Barbara Kingsolver, novelist, essayist, and poet.

Words origins

Sashay: From the French word chassĂ©, meaning  "to chase." The word worked its way into English, badly mispronounced as Sashay.  


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Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of Manhattan Theatre Club
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