New Details Emerge In Infant’s Starvation Death

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


One Comment

  1. Elizsbeth says:


    I am sorry to hear of your loss, as I am at the loss of the child in this story.
    I wish you luck in establishing a committee and I think channel three should
    do a story on you and your efforts. Best Wishes and Bless You.

    1. Charles J Stecker Jr says:

      Thank You and Blessings to you. I live today to be,”The Voice of The Silenced Ones”.

      1. JustMe says:

        Please do what you can to start the committee. I know you will have so much help, and I’m one who will be more than happy to be a part of it. I will be on the lookout for this committee. And as soon as I hear or see ANYTHING on it, or anything with your name attached to it, I will make contact and sign on. Many Blessings!!

  2. PhillyRN says:

    I agree, Charles, and I hope that you form this volunteer social service/child protection ombudsman group.

  3. Charles J Stecker Jr says:

    Edward John Stecker was born to this earth on April 11, 1964 and taken away tragically on February 28, 1967. He died in the arms of his loving 4 year old brother (Me) and at the hands of his foster mother (Lillian Bedford). We lived with the Bedford’s for only 13 days. Ten months before another child ( Brent Garcia ) died of unknown causes in the same home. Edward was taken away along with his older brother (Me) and younger sister due to Abuse and Neglect from their natural parents only to end up Murdered by the same system assigned to protect him. Li’l Eddie, My Brother, I live today for you and in your Memory, All My Love Your Brother Charles Jr.

    1. Charles J Stecker Jr says:

      Why was my first Comment Deleted?????

      1. Charles J Stecker Jr says:

        I will try again by re-posting my first comment here…

        Well it’s been almost 44 years since the Philadelphia System failed my brother, “Li’l Eddie”, and continued its failure of me throughout my teen years and here we are still losing children to a Broken Failed System. I say WE Survivors should start an Oversight Committee to monitor these agencies.

    2. JustMe says:

      Mr. Steckler: There are no words that I can say to take away the pain of what happened to you and your siblings. I am truly sorry for your loss. If/When this committee is formed, I’d like to be a part of it. Too many of Gods Precious Lambs are falling victim to abuse of the system and it’s way past time for this to end. There needs to be ‘caring’ people put in these positions that are supposed to monitor the ‘WELL BEING’ of these Angels. I wish for Li’l Eddie to Rest In Peace, and for God to comfort you and your sister through it all. God Bless!!

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