A review of Hamilton County foster parent records following the death of Marcus Fiesel has resulted in a startling discovery.
The County has found that 27 of its licensed foster parents have been arrested, and that number was reached by checking only a portion of the foster parents' records.
"I'm not willing to keep this quiet. The public needs to know what's going on here", Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Greg Hartman said. Hartman's office was called upon to do the records checks. The Clerk's Office is where court records are kept.
The Hamilton County foster care program was not involved with the Marcus Fiesel case, although the agency that Butler County used to place Marcus with his foster parents Liz and David Carroll was among those used by Hamilton County. The Carrolls recenly have been sentenced to prison in Marcus Fiesel's death.
Hartman said "We haven't been doing a good enough job. And the Marcus Fiesel case teaches us, lets address these issues, reform our system, before we have a tragedy."
The reform Hartman wants is a computerized system that will track foster parents and immediately report when one of them is arrested. The idea was set to be discussed at Monday's meeting of the Hamilton County Commissioners meeting.