The mother of a 12-year-old girl who was found hanged in her bedroom Saturday has had her foster care license placed on a conditional status.
The woman has been a licensed foster parent since 1979. After the girl's death, the Department of Human Services placed the woman's license on conditional status, meaning more children will not be placed in her care, at least temporarily.As when there is any unexplained death, caseworkers of the four foster children in the home were notified of the situation. The caseworkers opted to remove the foster children from the home, said Randy Ripplinger, Human Services spokesman.
Richard Anderson, deputy director of the Division of Child and Family Service's central region, said the decision to remove the foster children was made with the family, to give them time to grieve and make funeral plans.
The division did not find any reason to take action against the woman, and the case was investigated by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office.
Detective Mark Chidester said the girl's death has been ruled a self-inflicted hanging. "She did not die at the hands of another person," Chidester said. He said the investigation couldn't conclude whether the hanging was intentional or accidental.