How Evey's Case Relates to Jetseta's
(These are excerpts from the C.R. Gazette's e-edition article and was also in the print edition)
DHS: Children s welfare paramount
Jetseta’s siblings removed from home just after her murder
By Molly Rossiter The Gazette
CEDAR RAPIDS - After a child is murdered, the Department of Human Services will remove other children from a home only if social workers think the home may be unsafe.
This year, the Iowa Department of Human Services has removed brothers and a sister from the homes of two Iowa girls who were murdered Jetseta Gage, 10, of Cedar Rapids, and Evelyn Miller, 5, of Floyd.
DHS spokesman Roger Munns declined to discuss the removal of Jetseta's siblings Ian, 8, and Leonna, 3 from the Gage home at 448 Jacolyn Dr. NW in March shortly after Jetseta's murder.
But he did say that in general it is not standard procedure to remove a child from a home when a sibling has been murdered.
"They have to look at the individual circumstances: Who did the crime?" Munns said. "Authorities have to make the decision: Are the children safe? That is the No. 1 question."
"If the mother had something to do with the denial of critical care of the children, that may have affected safety," he said. "If the mother was completely outside the incident and was a caring mother, would the children be removed? No."
(Emphasis in bold is mine - Grandpa)