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Scalded child's birth-mother says State failed her daughter

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Recently, the News 4 Tucson Investigators told you about a legal claim against the State of Arizona over the death of a 20-month old boy. Adam Mada's birth father said the child welfare system didn't protect his child. Now, another birth parent is taking legal action on behalf of another child, who is battling to stay alive.

“She's beautiful. She's very smart. I believe that she's been through a lot of abuse and mistreatment that she didn't deserve, Michelle Tremor recently told News 4 Tucson.

Tremor's is talking about the daughter she brought into this world in 2011; a little girl she named Devani. In April of 2013, at the age of two, Devani was removed from both parents.

“I was arrested for domestic abuse/assault against the child's father,” Tremor told us.

Their little girl was placed in several foster homes, including one in Sierra Vista where she lived, with other foster children from 2013 to 2015. The caretaker was a man named David Frodsham. The foster father was arrested last year, accused of sexual conduct with a minor, and conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor.

Tremor believed all along, that Frodsham was unsafe.

“I told my CPS/DCS caseworker on several occasions due to my concerns, and they were all ignored,” Tremor said.

Tremor said she wanted her daughter back, and worked toward that every day, but the state said no. Caseworkers were concerned, in part, that Michelle hadn't totally cut ties with the biological father; a convicted sex-offender, with addiction issues.

“I did everything DCS wanted me to, and received certificates of completion, and was in full compliance when my rights were severed,” Tremor said.

This is where the story gets even more heartbreaking. Devani was then placed in the care of Samantha Osteraas, was given the new name, of Madison, and was adopted by Osteraas and her husband.

On December, 29th, just over a month ago, Madison was rushed to the hospital, suffering burns to more than  80% of her body. Investigators say Samantha Osteraas did it. Ultimately, Tremor blames the state, and says the child welfare system in Arizona doesn't work.

“No, not at all. I do not feel that DCS/CPS protected my child in any way,” Tremor said.

Tremor now wants permission to see her daughter in the hospital, if for no other reason than to tell her what every child needs to hear.

“That I was here for her. That I love her. That I want her to come home. That I'm never going to let anything happen to her, ever.” Tremor said.

Samantha Osteraas is free on a $25,000 bond. Her next court appearance is later this month. Madison is still fighting to survive at Banner UMC.

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