September 1, 2012

Former housemate says 10-year-old injured another baby in June

Ashley Tenney says her 8-month-old daughter suffered seizures and was hospitalized after being alone with the girl who was charged with manslaughter in the July death of an infant.

By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling
Staff Writer

FAIRFIELD —  A 10-year-old girl charged with manslaughter in the July 8 death of an infant from Clinton nearly caused the death of another baby in mid-June, according to that child's parents.

Ashley Tenney and Chad Hopkins say their daughter, Jaylynn, who was then 8 months old, suffered a seizure and was hospitalized for two days after doctors found medication in her system that is taken by the 10-year-old girl, who had been left alone with the baby.

Given the amount of medication in her system, Tenney said Friday, Jaylynn "should have been dead."

The couple said the incident occurred June 19, when they were living in the basement of a home on Center Road in Fairfield with Amanda Huard and her two children, including the 10-year-old girl.

Maine State Police charged the girl with manslaughter last week after an investigation into the July 8 death of 3-month-old Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway of Clinton. The infant girl's mother had left her and her 2-year-old sister in Huard's care the previous day for an overnight stay.

Huard, 30, has not been charged with a criminal offense, and authorities have refused to say whether they intend to bring charges against anyone other than her 10-year-old daughter.

Huard could not be reached for comment.

The Department of Health and Human Services issued a notice to Huard on Aug. 10, saying an agency review of the July 8 death showed that she had neglected the 3-month-old who was left in her care.

"Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway has died as a result of your neglect," said the notice, which was signed by a caseworker in the agency's Office of Child and Family Services, Christopher D. Filteau.

According to the notice, Huard's 10-year-old daughter suffers from significant behavioral problems, and it contends that Huard has failed to follow through on the required treatment. That treatment includes ensuring that the girl was taking medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and attachment disorder.

The notice also says: "You knew that (the 10-year-old) should not be babysitting children but have continued to allow her to do so." The notice does not explain why the girl should not be babysitting, so it is unclear whether that is a reference to the earlier incident with Tenney's child.

Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Friday he had no information about the June 19 incident involving Tenney's baby.

Assistant Attorney General William Stokes has declined requests for comment on the case. He said he has directed DHHS not to release any information about alleged abuse or neglect that could affect the criminal case against the 10-year-old, which he said is done routinely in homicide cases.

The DHHS notice to Huard was provided to MaineToday Media, which publishes the Kennebec Journal, the Morning Sentinel, the Maine Sunday Telegram and The Portland Press Herald, by the mother of the Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway, the infant who died on July 8.

Nicole Greenaway, 36, said she received a copy of the notice in the mail from DHHS.

Tenney, the former roommate of Huard's who said her own daughter was given medication by the 10-year-old girl, gave an account of the incident in an interview Friday.

She said she came home from work on the evening of June 19 to find that her daughter, Jaylynn, was pale, sweating, and listless.

"She was soaked in sweat -- just drenched," said Tenney, 20. "She was so pale. Whiter than a sheet of paper."

The baby had spent time alone with the 10-year-old, said Hopkins, the baby's father and the only adult in the house at the time.

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