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Parents of 22-month-old who died in foster care demanding answers about her death

Mandisa Sizemore.
Posted at 9:54 AM, Jun 25, 2020

CLEVELAND — The parents of a 22-month-girl, who died while in foster care, gathered with their attorney Stanley Jackson, of the Cochran Firm, in front of the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services to demand answers and announce an investigation will be conducted into her death.

According to the law firm, on May 15, Mandisa Sizemore was placed in temporary custody of a foster mother and was under the care of Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services when she was allegedly left unattended and choked to death on playing cards on June 16, 2020.

Mandisa Sizemore pictured above died while in foster care.
Mandisa Sizemore pictured above died while in foster care.

"We want Mandisa and have their family to find out exactly what happened. We don’t believe this is an isolated incident. This family has reported prior incidents and were totally ignored," said Jackson, who said his firm plans to do a thorough investigation into her death.

Her parents, Dayou Bruce and William Sizemore Jr. were allegedly not notified of their daughter’s death by either the foster mother or the case worker. Their attorney said it was only when the couple went to DCFS in person on June 17 to inquire about their child's well-being that they were told about Mandisa's death.

The medical examiner ruled her death accidental.