Documents show previous investigations into Cary’s mother’s neglect
A Cary woman accused of killing her two infant daughters has been investigated for alleged neglect three times in the past three years, the most recent case weeks before the girls died, records show public.
Launice Shanique Battle, 27, is charged with murder in the August 27 deaths of her two children. The girls were 3 and 2 years old.
Wake County Department of Health and Human Services records obtained by The News & Observer show the family have been investigated three times by Child Protective Services (CPS) since 2019. The most recent visit was July 8 this year.
Two of the three surveys focused on concerns that parents were not taking a child to medical appointments or not following up on medical appointments.
In the first case, reported on July 23, 2019, services were provided and the case was closed on October 1, 2019, records show.
In the second case, reported June 4, 2020, the department found that services were needed and provided home visits and parent education, among other measures, records show. The case was closed on April 8, 2021.
The CPS’s most recent case, reported on July 7, 2022, followed another charge of negligence, but this time the department’s decision was “services not recommended.”
“It was confirmed that the mother took the child to medical appointments, the child was gaining weight, medical collaterals reported no concerns and family members reported no concerns. “, says the report.
“The mother responded appropriately to the child’s medical needs,” he continued. “The mother reported using verbal redirection as a method of discipline for all children. The family received 40/week of home health services to help the mother take care of her disabled child. »
The CPS closed this case on July 27.
A month later, police responded to what a 911 caller described as the “suspicious deaths” of two children at Duke Raleigh Hospital. Battle was arrested soon after. Police have yet to say how the girls died.
Battle made his first court appearance on August 29 and is due back in court on Monday. She is being held without bond in the Wake County Jail.
This story was originally published September 14, 2022 11:42 a.m.