https://www.11alive.com/article/sports/local/it-didnt-have-to-happen-this-way-grandmother-of-starved-girl-speaks/85-578063650Nearly a year before Reygan Moon was found dead, weighing 14 pounds, the toddler’s grandmother brought her to a hospital and told the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services the girl was being starved, a Gwinnett County detective said Wednesday.
The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office declared the cause of death neglect by malnutrition and dehydration. The medical examiner could not determine how long Reygan had been dead because she “had no muscle mass,” Hegwood said.
Reygan was in an aunt’s custody for the first two years of her life, Hegwood said; he did not specify why Devin Moon did not have custody. Devin Moon gained custody of her daughter in May 2017, and did not allow the aunt to see the girl after that. In September 2017, Reygan’s grandmother became concerned that the girl was not being fed at home and brought her to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Eggleston Hospital. Reygan weighed between 20 and 22 pounds, slightly below what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider a healthy weight for a 2-year-old child.
A DFCS investigation was begun, but Reygan was released back into the care of her mother, Hegwood said. The grandmother and the rest of Devin Moon’s family did not see Reygan again after she was released from the hospital.
Devin Moon claimed her daughter ate regularly, and told police the girl had two packets of instant grits and 12-piece chicken nuggets from McDonald’s the day before her death. The home was stocked with food, Hegwood said. That led Hegwood to believe Reygan was intentionally starved.
“It was a willful act,” Hegwood said. “It was not for lack of resource.”
Devin Moon’s room in the two-bedroom apartment was “well-furnished” with a large TV and bed, but the second bedroom was vacant and a closet was filled with boxes. There was no bed for Reygan that police saw, Hegwood said.
The apartment was cleaned out within two days of Reygan’s death. When Hegwood searched the vacant apartment, he saw the closet that had been filled with boxes was empty and covered in feces and urine; he now believes that’s where Reygan Moon was kept while her mother was at work.
Hell YES!! You said this so well!! I would like to add this to your great comment: Strong consequences need to be put in place immediately for every single case worker who become "stressed and burned out" and let children endure Torture and Die of Abuse. The case workers should go straight to prison if they can be proven to have fault in the harm or death of the kiddos. Why should they get a free pass from 2nd degree murder?? I have never understood why DCF workers are immune to legal consequences.What is even the point of DCF even existing if they are just going to neglect their cases? This is far, far too common. Heartbreaking that this child was neglected by EVERYONE, even the agency that exists solely to protect at risk children like herself, until the day she died from neglect.
I don't know what the solution is, but there has to be a better way. What does the average case worker make, I wonder? I know that the stress and burnout is a real issue in that field, and that the workload is heavy. Maybe the positions should be vetted better, and paid more. Make sure the people in these roles are taken care of sufficiently and incentivized to do the right thing. There also needs to be some external oversight, so that reports can't be fabricated, and balls can't be dropped without repercussions. The accountability needs to be there, along with the incentive to perform.
I'm talking purely legally, nothing about what she personally does or does not deserve. She didn't go out of her way to slice the kid open. Death penalty is usually reserved for people who go well out of their way to inflict the most damage possible. There's just not really a precedent for this as far as I've ever seen.I dunno, I think slowly starving your child to death in an empty closet is pretty excessively malicious.
I wish I Was on the jury!!@GoneWest
While she does deserve the death penalty it will most likely not happen.
The Jury will be inundated with the struggles this woman has gone through and how much she loved her child and how the loss of her child is punishment enough.
Until children's lives matter monsters like this will never truly be held accountable.