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DFCS supervisor took school's report of daughter's abuse

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 1:35 PM
Last updated 10:45 PM
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When Academy of Richmond County officials called a state agency Tuesday to report suspected child abuse, they reached the child’s mother, Sharonika Wesby Wimberly, who was later jailed on charges.

Wimberly  Richmond County jail photo
Richmond County jail photo
Wimberly

Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Carrier said Wednesday that the school called the hot line that was answered by Wimberly, 34, the regional director for the Division of Family and Children Ser­vices.

Carrier said Wimberly ad­mitted to abuse against her daught­er that re­sulted in deep bruising. She was booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of child cruelty in the first degree.

On Wednesday afternoon, a DFCS official said Wimberly has been suspended.

“Based on the severity of the allegations, the employee is being placed on suspension,” said Ravae Graham, the deputy director of the Legislative Affairs and Communications Department of Human Services.

“The Department will closely monitor the legal process and proceed accordingly as events warrant,” Graham said in an e-mail.

The 15-year-old Richmond Academy student told school authorities her mother had hit her in the arm with a broom handle for overuse of a cellphone.

Carrier said that the mother admitted to disciplining her daughter but contended she used a studded belt. Both items were retrieved from Wimberly’s home, he said, but injuries were found consistent with the use of the broom handle.

Doctors initially thought the teen’s upper arm was broken as a result of the assault, but after X-rays were taken, it was diagnosed as severe deep tissue bruising.

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MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 10/24/12 - 03:22 pm
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You Are SO Screwed...
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Ummmm let's see, what am I going to hit my daughter with ?? A studded belt, or a broom handle? Oh, and I am a "what" in my job? Sterilization, and some serious new job training, cause you've lost the one you've got. Feel sorry for the daughter, unless there is MUCH more to this story -- talking too much on the cell phone...

beboisme
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beboisme 10/24/12 - 04:28 pm
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You never know MarinerMan

You never know MarinerMan I've seen teenagers as big or bigger than their parents and sometimes the kid winds up whooping on mama. No need to beat a kid over the use of a phone it's real simple to just have the phone turned off. Think people, be smarter than a fifth grader!

SON of Scoob
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SON of Scoob 10/24/12 - 05:18 pm
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Despicable Woman

How does a despicable woman like Sharonika manage to get promoted to the position of supervisor in the Department of FAMILY and CHILDREN Services? More tax dollars wasted on an inept organization.

Anybody dare to speculate why DFCS is inept.

jmo
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jmo 10/24/12 - 10:31 pm
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Hey, Son of Scoob

Affirmative Action in action

WAG
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WAG 10/25/12 - 07:37 am
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This is disgusting... The

This is disgusting... The people that are supposed to keep kids safe....Throw the dan phone away cut it off....A fifteen year old does not need a phone...I hope this woman does not keep this job! Do any government wokers do their job or just collect a pay check....

stillamazed
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stillamazed 10/25/12 - 08:10 am
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UMMMM

@WAG, while I agree with the beginning of your commnet, please don't think that all government workers are like her....I have been a civil service worker for 20 years and I bust my behind everyday working for our soldiers. I agree that some have been promoted into positions that they don't deserve and many are lazy but not all of us. The biggest problem I have seen with government jobs over my career is that you can't fire people....you have some absolutely lazy, trouble makers that you can't fire. Some people I have seen working for the government would have never made it a week in the civilian sector. I agree that this woman should lose her position....

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/25/12 - 08:11 am
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A vast wasteland of government bureacracy
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Create system. Fund systems. Whether they function or not is not a requirement. Amazed that someone answered the phone. We were told they only check their phone messages at the beginning of their shift, after lunch, and before going home. The phones are continually ringing and answering machines responding. Heck, they could not get anything done if they we on the phone for eight hours.

DFACS is like the room in the movie 1984. Cubicles that go on forever.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/25/12 - 08:16 am
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Does the Wesby-Wimberly denote
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higher learning? Does it show respect for the mother of a married woman? Does it denote a "maternalistic culture" where rights and wealth are inherited through the mother and not the father?

Some cultures are maternalistic for a very important reason.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/25/12 - 08:18 am
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This is comparable to calling
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the CC Code Enforcement Division to report a home invasion and speaking to the code officer who invaded your home, LOL LOL

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 10/25/12 - 08:37 am
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@beboisme
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I do agree with your statement; that's why I left an opening. Check my last sentence.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/25/12 - 08:44 am
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Peter Principle

stillamazed posted:

I agree that some have been promoted into positions that they don't deserve. . . .

Does anybody remember that book that came out in the 1960s (or maybe the 50s) called The Peter Principle ? The premise was that people who did well in their entry level jobs would get promoted to supervisor. If they did well there, they would get promoted to manager. If they did well there, they would get promoted to vice-president; and so on and so on.

However, following a promotion, if they did not do well, they would just be left in their position to muddle along.

The result was that practically every supervisory and management and executive job would be filled by a person who had risen to his/her level of incompetence. Hence, practically every supervisor, manager, executive is incompetent for the job he he is holding.

Gives you something to think about.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 10/25/12 - 10:00 am
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DFCS, a study in contradictions and polar opposites

I worked for a few years at Chatham County DFCS. A woman who started the exact same day as I did ended on up a meteoric rise until she became the incompetent head of one of the largest DCFS offices in the state of Georgia. The woman would have hit her competency peak as a caseworker senior or, possibly, a welfare supervisor. She sat on the phone blowing off a child for the umpteenth time, a child who again was begging and crying to be removed from her insane mother, while that child shot herself dead.

And from there she went on to bigger and better things in the state social services system. You might ask why that was, and there were two very clear reasons.

She had caught the eye, literally, of one elected official by the name of Thurman, and she was the most driven money accumulator of any person I have ever known. And boy, did this woman know how to capitalize on the attraction she elicited from those who could advance her career.

It's not a game where the best, most competent or most insightful people come out on top. Caring first about the welfare of children who are neglected or abuse never influences who rises through the ranks.

It's sad, but it's the truth. The people who do care actually do the most work, but they generally are beasts of burden for the people on the upward move. DFCS has two kinds of people working there: those who care about the clients and those who are ambitious to advance, and there is almost no overlap.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/25/12 - 12:42 pm
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Division of Family and Children Ser­vices

New motto

Do as we say, not as we do...

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/25/12 - 12:43 pm
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The Peter Principle

have seen it too many times in my former line of work.
Too bad it normally is up or out, and no going back.

Some of The Peter Principle managers were extremely talented in the field, just not meant to fly a desk over others.

SON of Scoob
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SON of Scoob 10/25/12 - 07:19 pm
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jmo

Affirmative, 10-4, Roger, No doubt and Yup

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 10/30/12 - 05:43 pm
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Not surprised.

What do we expect from DFACS employees that claim if you DON'T spank your children you are abusing them?

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