No Charges Filed in Missing Child Case

State child welfare officials investigating.

Atlanta police will not file charges against the mother or the babysitter of the toddler who had been missing since Nov. 26.

The toddler, Malachi Devon Burley, was found Dec. 6 after his mother, Laquanda Sireka Burley, reported him missing. Burley told police she dropped her 1½-year-old boy off at the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA station with Sylvia Franklin, but she told investigators she didn't know Franklin's whereabouts, last name or telephone number.

The boy, who was found safe, was to stay with Franklin for only a week.

An Atlanta Police Department spokeswoman said the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services is investigating the case.

Ravae Graham, a DFACS spokeswoman, said she could neither confirm nor deny the agency's involvement. Citing state privacy laws, she said the agency is prohibited from discussing any cases it may be working on unless there's a death.

Fox 5 Atlanta reported the boy suffers from seizures and that his mother told police she felt overwhelmed. She thought a few days apart would be a help to both her and her son.

Joeslaststand December 10, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I am attempting to understand the mothers logic. She left her toddler in the care of a woman in which she only knew on a first name basis, did not know where the child would be kept or the conditions of the location in which he would be kept, nor did she have a phone number to check on the child during her sabbatical from the responsibilities of being a mother. The child bearer of this poor toddler has already shown several incidents of irresponsibility just in the description from this posting and, if this could resemble a snap shot of the responsibility shown by the child bearer regarding this child, he need to be taken from her and placed in an environment in which someone actually cares about his well being over their own. This is another example that society should never stop advocating for free birth control for young women that have shown a lack of responsibility in their decision making. The cost alone of the police & DFAC's involvement could have easily compensate for the cost of issuing free birth control in addition, there is one less traumatized child in the world raised by an overwhelmed young woman barely surviving on her own much less with a dependent child.


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