The sad destiny of a disabled child whose father is no longer caring about him!
You would never be able to imagine what happened to this little Quinten Douglas Wood. This child has suffered the indifference of the world and he was only loved by his brother and sister. Valerie Wood Harber, his sister, fought for him to let him have a normal life until the day he died and now she is telling us how her little brother was struggling to survive.
“I met my biological father nine years ago. Then I learnt that I have two little brothers. Three days after our meeting, my father asked me if they can come live with me because he had to travel abroad, in those days, they were only 6 and 7 years old.” she said.
1 My two little brothers: Quinten and Cameron:
Quinten was born with a rare disability: his chromosome 9 has the shape of a ring. He can’t walk, talk or care for himself. But this boy who was always happy likes to be treated like a normal boy, not as a fragile baby.
I took care of Quinten and Cameron for about 4 years. I have come to a point where I cannot handle it anymore. Our father sent us money but I must always work. Finally, I had to ask my father to come back and take them.
After two years abroad, my father returned to live in the United States. I was very excited! They are only four hours away, and I was able to visit them as possible as I could.
2 Time passes, and Quinten becomes paler:
I tried to visit them more often. When I go there, there is no food in the fridge! The house is dirty, and everyone is feeling so sad. I usually buy all the things they could need and I clean everything. Even though the boys do not stop getting sick and our father never took them to the doctor!
Cameron does all the chores, he cooks, he takes care of Quinten and himself, he does everything… from bathing to changing his brother’s diapers. Also, he was abused physically and emotionally by our father! When I realized what is happening, I had to make one of the hardest things I’ve ever made: 17/12/2012, it was the date when I reported my father for child abuse.
3 A social assistant is going to see the boys in their school:
When she asked Cameron about his life, he revealed that he is the one who is always taking care of his brother. He said that his father mistreated them and that there was never anything to eat at home. This woman promised that she will come to the house to see what is really happening. I waited three long weeks! Cameron was always calling and asking for news but she never came.
I was struggling so that I do not drive over there and take them to my home. I was thinking that the assistant seems to consider that her Christmas shopping is more important than my brother’s safety. But every time I call the child welfare services, they tell me that they will send someone soon. And since I live outside of their state, they told me that if I take the boys, it would be considered a kidnapping, and I will never see them again.
4 The new year eve: Quinten is sick again:
Once again, my father didn’t take him to the doctor; Cameron called me, and said that what is happening to his brother this time is different and that he is not getting any better. He does not eat and can’t stop crying.
Cameron and I begged my father to take him to the hospital, and he said that he would do in the afternoon, but he never did. My husband and I planned to visit them tomorrow.
Cameron put his own mattress in the living room, and slept next to the sofa where Quinten was sleeping because the bed is covered with urine.
5 The morning of January 4, Cameron wakes up and found out that his brother had died:
Cameron held his hand while he was sleeping. Upon awakening, it became cold and the sofa was covered with urine. He runs toward our father who is as usual in front of his computer.
We recently discovered that when the ambulance is on the way at that time, our father forced Cameron to change the diaper of his brother.
6 I worked tirelessly to see true justice done:
Our father went to jail; I do not care if he was always depressed! You only have to be a monster to ignore your child until he dies! Unfortunately, NOBODY is doing its work and it seems that our father may get out so soon!
I want to remind everyone who is suspicious that a child is being abused, just TALK! Especially, if this child is disabled. After the death of Quinten, Valerie diffused a petition requesting an investigation of his brother’s life and death!
About 500,000 people signed the petition. The State of Oklahoma is sure that the father is guilty and that he neglected his children. Both social assistants are also guilty because of their negligence. They are expelled from their work, and now are passing a year in prison!
A law was passed after the tragedy: “The Quinten Douglas wood act of 2014” forcing social services to give priority to cases of abuse of disabled children.
QUINTEN HAS LOST HIS LIFE, BUT SAVED MANY MORE THROUGH THIS LAW!