Mother Elena Andron says she learned the hard way not to trust the Michigan Department of Human Services but it was her son who paid the ultimate price.
Jonny Dragomir, 10, died in the care of Michigan’s Department of Human Services in March 2007.
The boy was in the state’s care for about a year until his death, according to CNN affiliate WXYZ. In a video posted on WXYZ’s website Mullen explains that the boy who could not walk, talk, or feed himself was handed to the state under a one year agreement.
Andron tried to get her son back after seeing that her son was deteriorating and losing weight but instead she was taken to court by the state. And then, Andron's son starved to death.
“I handed them a healthy boy and got him back in a casket’,’ Andron said in a taped interview with WXYZ.
According to WXYZ’s reporting the bottom line is this: states have "a financial incentive to keep kids in the foster care system. Federal law sets it up that way — the more kids in the state system, the more money the federal government gives Michigan. And in Johnny’s case, the foster care facility got $12,000 a month to care for him.”
Elena Andron was not allowed to see her son the last six months of his life. She was notified by the state via telephone of death several days after his passing.