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DCS responds to questions regarding scalded child's Foster placement

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Our investigation continues on the five-year-old Tucson girl with burns to 80% of her body. Pima county sheriff's detectives say her adoptive mother did it.

Investigators also say before she was adopted, Madison had been in foster care with a man now convicted of child sex-crimes. How could all of this happen? The Arizona Department of Child Safety has responded to our questions.

Madison Osteraas was rushed to Banner University Medical Center on December 30th. Court documents say her adoptive mother, Samantha Osteraas, told 9-1-1 that the child was accidentally burned in the bathtub. Prior to that, Madison had been in the care of David Frodsham in Sierra Vista. A man who has since been convicted of sex crimes against kids.

So, the News 4 Tucson Investigators wanted to know how could this happen? 

In an email a DCS spokesperson, said they could not specifically comment on Madison’s placement. However, when it comes to why she was placed with Frodsham, the spokesperson told us:

“…in reference to how DCS licenses its foster placements, the Department does its best to ensure the children in our care are in the safest homes possible.To accomplish that end, the Department requires a thorough vetting process before a foster placement can become licensed. This process includes full background checks, a central registry check for prior DCS history, a fingerprint clearance card issued from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, home inspections, reference checks, and licensing classes through a provider agency. Licensed foster placements also receive quarterly home visits from their licensing agencies in addition to the monthly DCS visit. As an added oversight, the court must approve out-of-home placements."

When the News 4 Tucson Investigators pushed DCS about Madison's placement  with a now convicted sex offender, DCS again told us that confidentiality laws prohibit them from commenting on individual placements.

However, we did learn more however about the many kids in Frodsham's care. According to DCS, Frodsham was licensed for five children, male and female, with the ages ranging from birth to 11-years-old. DCS told the News 4 Tucson Investigators, he had no restrictions on his license.

At last report, Madison remained at Banner University Medical Center fighting for her life. Osteraas has been released from jail on $25,000 bond.

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