License Suspended After 2-Year-Old Girl Dies in St. Paul Foster Home

November 27, 2017 10:32 PM

The identity of a 2-year-old girl who died two weeks ago in a St. Paul foster home has not yet been released. Nor have the circumstances surrounding her Nov. 13 death.

However, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has learned that the foster care license of the home has been suspended while an investigation gets underway.


The Child Foster Care license belonging to Sabrena Carter and Van Lowe was suspended about three days after the little girl's death. They have yet to respond to requests for comment.

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The call for medical help over the scanner to the address on Arlington Avenue East said "cardiac arrest," but an order for temporary immediate suspension of the foster care license held at the St. Paul home alludes to something else.

The suspension reads that the Ramsey County report "alleged that a child sustained serious injuries while in your care" and "due to the serious nature of the report ... Ramsey County cannot ensure the safety of the persons served in your program."

The preliminary report conducted by Ramsey County Community Human Services in the days immediately following the death "finds that the health, safety, and rights of children in your care are in imminent risk of harm."

Since the investigation is ongoing, St. Paul police will only say that when officers arrived the morning of Nov. 13, they found a 2-year-old girl who wasn't breathing.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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No arrests have been made, and the foster home can appeal the license suspension. A records search gave no indication whether the home has attempted to do so.

The Department of Human Services says that when something like this happens in a foster home, the county immediately begins an investigation. If investigators find the foster parents' actions posed a risk to children in the home, DHS suspends the license.

There are currently six Child Foster Care licenses under temporary immediate suspension statewide.


Katherine Johnson

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