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Neo-natal Nurse Taped Pacifier to Infant's Mouth

Neo-natal Nurse Taped Pacifier to Infant's Mouth

The State

May 08, 2009

‘EVERYTHING WAS FINE’

DSS had received no complaints about Dukes as a foster parent before the death of Curtis, said Sue O’Toole, who oversees foster care licensing.

“We didn’t have any problems with her,” O’Toole said.

Dukes has 30 days to appeal the revocation of her foster care license, but cannot keep children during that time, O’Toole said.

DSS licensing regulators visited Dukes’ St. Andrews Road apartment several times while she was caring for foster children. “Everything was fine,” O’Toole said.

The agency learned of the taped pacifier from reporters, DSS attorney Virginia Williamson said.

Dukes, who is from Conway and received her nursing degree from Horry-Georgetown Technical College, had expressed interest early on in adopting, O’Toole said.

But she did not file a formal request.

Shirley Jivers, 50, of Cayce, is Curtis’ grandmother. She said she learned of the asphyxiation from a reporter Wednesday.

“I was speechless,” Jivers said. “I stayed up late and just sat on the porch. He was just a cheerful, happy baby, showed a lot of love. He was just one of a kind.”

Curtis recently had learned how to say “grandma” and “mama,” she said.

Jivers is concerned about the safety of her 2-year-old granddaughter, whom DSS placed in another foster home. Jivers said she has not seen the child since.

Authorities took both children when they tested positive for drugs. They took Curtis after Cayce police found him with his biological mother, Katrina Jivers, in a marijuana smoke-filled Cayce motel room. That occurred Feb. 7, the day before he died.

His sister, who wasn’t in the motel room, later tested positive for cocaine and DSS placed her in foster care.

“The first one, he didn’t last in their custody,” Shirley Jivers said. “I’m worried about her. I don’t want the same thing to happen to her.”

Staff writer Lee Higgins contributed to this article.


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    vickiw

    about 3 years ago

    26 comments

    Tragic.

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    aajjsister

    about 3 years ago

    4 comments

    Good grief, the baby was congested in the first place, nose stuffed up and she covered his other airway....and he suffocated. The lady is an idiot....I'm not sure she deserves to be charged with homicide for being stupid though. She should have known better being a nurse. Apparently she did not know better. Don't think she intended to harm the child. She should lose her nursing license though for not protecting his airway.

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    JennyGK

    about 3 years ago

    198 comments

    Very sad :(

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    Trkrantz

    about 5 years ago

    44 comments

    I agree with Catty and everyone else!!! I can't stand to see children abused and then end up killed due to the abuse that they suffered. It just breaks my heart to see any child cry at any age. This nurse needs to get everything coming to her for punishment because working as a neo-natal nurse she knows that what she did was wrong. She should have never taped that pacifier to that poor babies mouth.

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    laura_nelson

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I agree that this article was extremely unorganized. I did get out of it though, that a little guy was taken from his mom, had tested positive for drugs, placed in the foster-care of a neo-natal nurse, and one day later was suffocated by a taped on pacifier...Wow...very unfortunate. What a sad little life he must have had. I will say he is much better off now.Very tragic. Makes me thankful for the good life, and loved children that I have...

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    emtpixie

    about 5 years ago

    328 comments

    Regardless of the COD there is no excuse for this idiot to have taped anything to this poor child's mouth! Stupid crap like this makes me SO mad!!!!!

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    blackmon44

    about 5 years ago

    54 comments

    What was she thinking? Does she have kids of her own? If she didn't have tolerance for children crying then she is definitely in the wrong field and should not be caring for babies, she should have worked in another department like med surg or something. So much for that, now crazy is going to jail.

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    catty0009

    about 5 years ago

    50 comments

    I agree with jacque and everyone else....what the hell was this person thinking? I cannot stand to watch mothers that wont pick up an infant that is crying...I remember when I was in nursing school doing clinicals that I got chewed out by a staff nurse when I picked up an infant that wouldnt stop crying.....that baby was in fact going thru withdrawals because its mother didnt know how to keep the needle out of her arm........the baby did stop crying when I picked it up and just held it...........

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    TXNurse06

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    The obvious is that she did in fact cause harm by taping a pacifier to Little Curtis's mouth, but let's look at the minimal facts given. The child had tested positive for drugs in his system and his sister had cocaine in her system so more than likely he did as well. The true cause of death will not be determined until an autopsy has been performed. The drugs depending on how long the mother had been giving them to her children, may also have played a part in this little boys death. Withdraws from drugs are severe for adults, could have been detrimental for little Curtis. I pray for the family and that the mother's eyes are opened by this tragedy to seek help and to change her life. I pray that the nurse who may have been tired, irritated, and just sick of the crying caused by possible withdrawals will find some resolve within herself and peace with her God.

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    adinarain

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    my heart goes out to this poor little boys family, some people are just plain stupid and have no common sense, she really doesnt need to be in this profession, im glad they took her license away.

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    joyrider

    about 5 years ago

    52 comments

    Hope they tape a pacifier to HER mouth when she is congested and can't breathe through her nose as was this little boy.

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    mmlpn99

    about 5 years ago

    58 comments

    This is insane, and I hope they prosecute her to the fullest. I have been a single mom now for 15 years and completly understand about getting frustrated, however you still have to use the common sense that God gave each and everyone of us!

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    Wife_Of_Nurse

    about 5 years ago

    30 comments

    This story was sorta hard to follow, from what i gathered, the baby suffocated with the pacifier in his mouth (since it was compared to putting a plastic bag over his head). He was given benadryl for congestion, so he may not have been able to breath freely through his nose (plus if he was crying extra mucus), and also that he died a few days after being put in foster care, and that he had tested positive for drugs in his sytem.

    Well, I would assume, that he could have been possibly going through withdrawls, and he had a cold (congestion) and taken away from his momm! I would think this little guy was having a very rough time of it! And possibly crying all the time, what he needed was a compassionate fother mother to hold him, calm him down, try to sooth the little fella, not stick some pacifier in his mouth to shut him up and when it fell out, because of crying, or what ever reason, tape it to his face! How terrible!

    I can understand how easily a PARENT can become frusterated with a child, BUT SHE CHOSE TO BE A FOSTER parent! And took care of sickly babies/children at her job!

    I hope she is punished to the full extent of what ever they can do! If she was over stressed or burnt out, she should have been seeking a different job. Just my opionion onthis.

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    TheSingingNurse

    about 5 years ago

    32 comments

    yes...very sad, but also a very poorly written article...nothing else in the article seems to explain how the baby died from having the pacifier taped to his mouth....very unorganized story.

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    girleagle

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    thank god for grandmothers

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