Father sues child welfare agency in deaths of son, stepdaughter

By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer @JuliaTerruso | jterruso@phillynews.com

Lawyer Michael D. Shaffer (left) listens as his client Anthony Singleton talks about the death of his son and stepdaughter. – Camera icon JESSICA GRIFFIN / Staff Photographer

Anthony Singleton lies awake most nights haunted by questions of what he could have done to prevent the death of his infant son and three-year-old step-daughter. He searches for signs he might have missed in the behavior of his wife, who is charged with killing them.

“I thought she was alright,” Singleton said in an interview last week. “This would be the last thing I thought she would do. The very last thing.”

Singleton, 59, is suing the child welfare agency, Turning Points for Children, a DHS-contractor, which facilitated the reunification of his son, St. Leo and step daughter Ariel, with their mother, Sophia Hines. Hines is charged with smothering her two small children with a bed sheet in June 2016. She was ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial and is being held in a psychiatric facility in Florida.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.