DCS unaware Angela Major had baby until after child’s death

DCS unaware Angela Major had 6-month-old until after child’s death

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Six-month-old Kelsey (Source: Facebook) Six-month-old Kelsey (Source: Facebook)
"Just because we've had children in foster care before, it doesn't mean that a new baby is automatically in danger," DCS Regional General Counsel Susan Kovac said. "Just because we've had children in foster care before, it doesn't mean that a new baby is automatically in danger," DCS Regional General Counsel Susan Kovac said.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Department of Children's Services told 6 News it wasn't aware that Angela Major had a six-month-old daughter until after the child was killed, despite friends saying Major previously lost custody of four other children.

DCS said that because Major was not part of an active investigation and was not currently being monitored, there was no way to track whether she became pregnant again.

"We don't monitor everybody's house," DCS Regional General Counsel Susan Kovac said. "We have to have a report that a child is in danger. We would have no way of knowing there was another child out there unless somebody called and told us."

Six-month-old Kelsey Major was shot and killed Wednesday after the Knox County Sheriff's Office said her parents, Angela Major and Ken Mason, struggled over a handgun in a domestic dispute.

Christen Brown, one of Major's close friends, told 6 News that Major has four other children and lost custody of them all.

"Sometimes we'll get a call from a neighbor or another family member saying, ‘I know that you took all their kids before and I'm worried about this new one would you go look?' That's a report of harm so that we can check it out," Kovac said.

While DCS could not confirm any information about Major's other children or even confirm that she had other children because it's confidential information, DCS did say that if Major had kids in foster care, she would have been part of an active case and therefore they would have known about Kelsey. But since they didn't know the baby, it's possible her other children have been adopted.

Kovac points out that even if a parent lost custody of children in the past, it doesn't always mean that there is still trouble in the home.

"Just because we've had children in foster care before, it doesn't mean that a new baby is automatically in danger," Kovac said.

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