Ten days after Ethan Coley?s birth, on Dec. 27, 2016, child welfare caseworkers made an unannounced visit to his mother?s Florida City home. In oddly unclinical language, one wrote that she ?almost passed out? when she observed what was going on.
Christina Hurt?s newborn was being hauled around ?as if it were a doll? by his 7-year-old sibling.
Another child was jumping on a toilet seat. Still another deliberately sprayed a chemical in a sibling?s eye.
Hurt, whose five older children had been removed for neglect two years earlier only to be returned by a judge around the time of Ethan?s birth, ?shrugged it off as if nothing happened,? the caseworker wrote. ?Mom does not have control over the kids? behavior and [the 7-year-old] is clearly caring for the baby.?