Foster parents negligent in drowning death, says DSS


Za’Marion Wilcox drowned over the Labor Day weekend at a neighborhood pool on Duncan Chapel Road.

Wilcox was in foster care at the time of the drowning, and being watched by his foster parents.

When a child dies in foster care, DSS opens an investigation into what happened. DSS says this investigation revealed physical neglect by lack of oversight by the foster parents, causing Za’Marion’s death.

The parents appealed that decision, the Office of Administrative Hearings will now review the outcome. If that outcome is not reversed the foster parents will be placed on the central registry of abuse and neglect, barring them from working in childcare positions and adopting or fostering again.

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