PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An exclusive CBS 3 I-Team investigation now reveals new details about the final days in the life of a two-month-old baby who starved to death inside a West Philadelphia homeless shelter for families.
Sources tell CBS 3 that a social worker has now told investigators that Quasir Alexander did not appear to have any serious health problems when she checked on him December 21st.
The worker for Lutheran and Children Family Service, contracted by the city’s Department of Human Services to provide voluntary guidance and monitoring to Alexander’s mother and five other children, then closed out the case.
A day later, Alexander was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead from starvation and dehydration. His death has been ruled a homicide.
Alexander’s mother, 32-year-old Tanya Williams, now faces murder charges and District Attorney Seth Williams says the investigation is continuing.
The District Attorney says he is saddened that Quasir, in his words, “fell through the cracks,” and he says criminal charges could be filed against others if it’s found they failed to provide proper care.
The executive director of Lutheran Children and Family Service tells CBS 3 two workers assigned to Quasir’s case have now been suspended until the agency can conduct a full investigation.
Reported By: Walt Hunter, CBS 3