Foster Mother Fights for Birth Parents to be Charged Following 2-Year-Old's Death

February 16, 2017 10:30 PM

She leaves his pictures on display to keep the memories of their few short months together close.

"Every day all day," Rose Hoye said when asked if she misses the 2-year-old boy she took care of toward the end of his life.

Hoye took 2-year-old Adrian Garcia into foster care in April 2016. He had extensive medical needs stemming from a heart condition he'd lived with since birth.

Child protection got involved after learning "the parents had failed medical appointments for Adrian as he has a serious heart defect, a feeding tube and needed another heart surgery," according to public court documents.

His feeding tube was replaced seven months overdue and his doctors told those handling his case that his severe malnourishment "may be related to his cardiac issues, which could have been assessed and treated earlier had Adrian been seen for follow up care."


Adrian was hospitalized due to his poor health and moved in with Hoye when he was discharged.

"I just wanted somebody to show him love," she said.

His guardian ad litem wrote, "Adrian has thrived since placement. He has gained weight, participated in therapies."

But there were also new concerns.

Doctors discovered one of his arteries had been damaged "by lack of proper care earlier in life," according to court documents. He would need another surgery.

Just when Hove had gotten used to making plans for Adrian's future, that future was ripped away. Adrian suffered cardiac arrest while recovering from heart surgery in the hospital.

He died in September.

"Even though I know he lived in a lot of pain, I have so many good memories," Hoye said.  "I know that he has so many good memories of when he was here."

Documents show Adrian's biological mother, "did not appear to understand Adrian's need for regular, intensive medical follow up care for his medical conditions."

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS spoke with Adrian's mother over the phone. She declined to be interviewed and when asked why she and Adrian's father hadn't kept up with necessary medical appointments, she declined to comment.

"You can't treat people like that. If you can't handle a disabled kid, then let somebody else," Hoye said.

There's a clear missing presence at Hoye's house now. It's quiet, but she fills the space with her memories of the little boy who she only barely got to know but loved anyway.

"He died happy knowing that he was loved and that makes a big difference," she said.

St. Paul police have completed the investigation into alleged neglect and maltreatment by Adrian's parents while he was in their care.

The case has been sent to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office and possible charges against the biological parents are under review.


Katherine Johnson

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