Social Worker Gave Home OK Before Baby Dekia's Death
MILWAUKEE - Seven weeks before baby Dekia Mattox was found dead, stuffed between mattresses in a home that authorities call a drug house, a social worker from the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare looked into an abuse complaint and gave an all-clear on the home's condition.
According to the Journal Sentinel, the State Department of Children and Families said in a statement that the investigation showed the home was "in order," that there was food, a bedroom for the baby with plenty of heat and no evidence of drug use by anyone in the home.
That home is on the 2700 block of North Richards on Milwaukee's near north side.
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According to a report following the baby's death, knives were found on the floor of almost every room, windows were broken in the home and it was heated by three space heaters.
The bureau's director, Arlene Happach, said that changes had happened in the home from the time the report came to the time of the medical examiner's report on Mattox.
In a criminal complaint, Darius Woodley, 36, was charged with Dekia's death. He allegedly smoked marijuana laced with crack, snorted heroin and drank beer on the day of Dekia's passing.