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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Jailed woman pressing to be allowed to see son

I am reposting this as an entire article because they removed it from their server and I feel it's important.

Jailed woman pressing to be allowed to see son
Staff writer
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

OCALA — A woman whose infant daughter died while the mother was incarcerated at the Marion County Jail alleges that, since her child's death, she has not been allowed to see her son or her case manager.

Kimberly Nicole Rogers also contends that efforts by her family to get the son from foster care until her release from jail have been futile.

Furthermore, Rogers said that, with each passing day of not seeing her son, she fears she may become just a memory to him -- something she said she desperately does not want to happen.

"I just lost one, I don't want to lose another," said the 24-year-old mother in a recent interview at the jail.

Rogers, who has been at the jail since her arrest on Aug. 3, 2011 for retail theft, was sentenced last week to a year in jail. With time already accumulated behind bars, Rogers is expected to be released in the next three months.

At the time of her arrest, Rogers had her two children with her. The child's father, and Rogers' boyfriend, who also was with them, was also taken into custody.

With the couple's arrest, the children, Ayanna and her brother, Jayden Ross, were placed in a licensed foster home, and Kids Central was handling the case.

In late January, at the request of Rogers, the siblings were removed from the foster home and placed with a family friend, someone who Rogers had known when she and the friend were both involved with the Department of Children and Families.

A month later, Ayanna Ross was taken to Munroe Regional Medical Center when it was reported that her brother allegedly had dropped a helmet on her.

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