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New details emerge in Tucson child abuse case

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More details are coming out on a local case of suspected child abuse. The adoptive mom says, her five-year old daughter's burns were an accident, but Pima County Sheriff's detectives say, Madison was definitely abused, and there's a court hearing set for this week.

Samantha Osteraas, 28, is facing two counts of child abuse.  She is accused of burning over 80% of her daughter's body, then failing to get her immediate medical attention.

Madison spent years in Foster care, which included the home of a now convicted sex offender

Now, we're hearing from a Tucson woman who spent considerable time driving Madison around, while she was in the system. 

“It literally made me sick,”  said the former DCS contracted driver whom we'll call Liz, when  talking about the day she heard about five-year old Madison Osteraas' burns.

When Liz knew the child, before she was adopted, her name was Devani.

“This one, precious little girl, has been through more in her five-years of life, than most people have in a lifetime,” Liz told us.

Liz's job for ten months in 2013 and 2014 was to drive Devani to visit her biological parents in Tucson. DCS had removed her, because of domestic violence. Her Foster father, at the time, was David Frodsham, a now convicted sex-offender who targeted children.

“I am so shocked at the Frodsham house, to be honest with you.  I never in a million years would have guessed anything like that was going on,” Liz said.

While Liz, and the state, may not have suspected anything, Liz now believes that Devani knew.

“She would open her eyes, and she would see the house, and she would start whimpering or crying,” Liz said. “She would kick, and scream, and cry, and it was just horrible.”

Liz said she was powerless, and now, she's haunted that no one heard Devani's cries for help.

“It's sort of sad that nobody listened. Including me.” Liz lamented.

Pima County Sheriff's investigators tell the News 4 Tucson Investigators, although Madison has been making progress, her condition remains guarded and critical.

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