5 thoughts on “The Story of Eric Forbes: When Parents, and Child Protection Services, Fail

  • November 14, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Well written and beautifully stated. RIP Eric! You are so brave. May this never happen to another child!

  • November 19, 2013 at 10:03 am

    My God!! What that poor baby endured. I am mad as hell!! I hope his fathers days in jail are as tormenting as the hell he put Eric through.

  • October 7, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Shayaa Forbes is a man with only one arm. I imagine the bite marks were from grappling with Eric.

    l don’t recall ever seeing him smile. He was a tough lid though and seemed fearless. It is coming up on one year since he died. Pray for his sister because she is going to need them.

  • October 21, 2014 at 8:54 am

    A year later, here we are still thinking about and mourning for sweet Eric. My daughter was his class mate and struggled with his death. I scoured through photos, after his death, that I had taken at school events…not a single photo had showed smiling, but they did show obvious bruising and marks on his neck (yes they were turned over to investigators). I was sickened…how did our teachers pleas to DFCS fall on death ears and how in the world did the monster that did this to him be granted freedom with bail. I pray the trial begins soon and Shayaa Forbes finally faces the consequences he deserves.

  • November 9, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    First – Thank you so much for writing this article. I am so thankful there are people like you out there who really care about these abuse issues regarding our precious children. It makes me sick to think about how Eric must have felt each day when it was time to go home. He had to wonder what in the world had he done to have to endure such horrible injustice. The comment about the mother leaving because this man was so abusive also sickens me! She left those innocent children to bear her burdens just to save herself. Oh and as a retired school counselor, I know there is no way this abuse should have been simply overlooked, pushed aside or ignored by peers and adults. Sometimes you have to keep making noise until someone pays attention. I was often despised because I was not willing to just “leave it alone”. These are our children – our future!

    I understand DFCS employees are totally overworked, however when it comes to saving lives, excuses just will not suffice. This child suffered day and night, and we have no idea just how bad it really was for him – yet he had no one to turn to for help. Something has to be done. This can’t continue to go on while we go on with our day to day lives. We as human beings are going to have to answer for all the little Erics. I’m willing and ready for the task!


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