The worst-case scenario for a foster child

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One mother was left with heartbreak and questions after she lost her son to the foster care system. Illustration by Alex Charner for Latino USA.

More than a dozen children died in the last five years while in the custody of LA’s Department of Children and Family Services. A two-part investigation by reporter Deepa Fernandes looks into the story of 1-year-old Joseph Chacon, whose death left his mother with unanswered questions.