Court hearing held for surviving child in Dallas drowning deaths

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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WFAA

Posted on September 6, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 6 at 7:20 PM

DALLAS - Last month, Naim Mohammed allegedly drowned his two children. Police say he was also trying to get to his third child, a one-year-old boy, but was unable to get to him.

Child Protective Services took custody of the child after the alleged crime. Tuesday, a hearing was held to determine if the child would go home, or stay in foster care.
 
The child’s mother, Kametra Sampson, stood before Judge Graciela Olvera and was told her surviving child would not be going home with her.
 
“Our concern was making sure the judge got to make the decision of where the child goes, and everyone has agreed the child stays in foster care for now," said CPS spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales.
 
Mohammed allegedly kidnapped Sampson and her three- and five-year-old sons. Police later arrested Mohammed for allegedly drowning the two boys. Child Protective Services, fearing for the third child's safety, placed the infant in foster care. Sampson is allowed supervised visits.
 
“We have to comply with what the judge asks us to do but we certainly want to make sure she visits with her child and he still has contact with her," Gonzales said.
 
One of the concerns is that Sampson was already working with CPS when the children were kidnapped. CPS is investigating if Sampson did what she was supposed to do to provide her children with a safe environment.
 
Samspon left the courtroom without commenting on the judge’s ruling, but did answer one question for us.
 
WFAA: "Is there anything you would like to say to the citizen's of Dallas who have been praying for you and your family?"

Sampson: "Thank you."
 
Child Protective Services will try to find a relative who can permanently care for the one-year-old. Another hearing will be held in October.

E-mail rlopez@wfaa.com

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