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To what extent is Barry Zimmerman personally responsible for the death of the little Alaina Stockdill?

September 22, 2010 By: admin Category: Judicial, Local Politics, Politics, Societal

One week before she was killed by her mother, the little 8 years old Alaina was complaining to her neighbors that mom was trying to strangle her.  Neighbors reported to Barry Zimmerman’s office. He himself acknowledged this communication in the TV interview.  His office did nothing to protect the little girl.

Barry Zimmerman from the Ventura County Human services has to be held personally accountable for the death of 8 years old Alaina Stockdill. His smug lawyering comments on the KCBS news tonight were disgusting. His services were warned before. See the LA Times article from April 22, 2010 http://articles.latimes.com/2010/apr/22/local/la-me-molest-20100422 below. This girl’s death is HIS responsibility. When are we going to start holding government employees accountable for their stupidity, negligence or incompetence, Jerry Brown? You want to be governor? Do your job as AG first!

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2010/09/21/autopsy-results-delayed-for-dead-ventura-girl/

Autopsy Results Delayed For Dead Ventura Girl

September 21, 2010 5:49 PM

VENTURA (AP) — The Ventura County Medical Examiner has completed the autopsy of an 8-year-old girl who authorities suspect was slain by her mother, but officials have not immediately released a cause of death.

Chief Deputy Medical Examiner James Baroni said Tuesday that the autopsy results would likely be released a day later, after further investigative work is completed.

Twenty-five-year-old Blair Stockdill was arrested Monday after police responded to reports of a knife fight between a man and woman.

At an apartment, officers found a man with stab wounds on his arm and inside the home, police found the body of Stockdill’s daughter, Alaina, who had been dead for several days.

Stockdill was arrested on suspicion of murder and remained jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/apr/22/local/la-me-molest-20100422

Ventura County to review handling of child abuse complaints

Supervisors raise concerns after a local school district board member pleads guilty to sexually molesting a young girl over a five-year period and fathering her child.

April 22, 2010|By Steve Chawkins

The young girl told classmates, who told school employees, who told county social workers.

But her sexual abuse by a school board member continued for years and some of the school officials who worked with him want to know why.

Last week, Brian E. Martin, 49, a member of Ventura County’s Rio School District board since 2006, pleaded guilty to continuous sexual molestation of a girl under age 15 and inflicting “great bodily harm” — by impregnating her.

The girl, now 15, is among four children who Martin and his wife, Cristina Carreño Martin, took in after a relative of hers with drug problems abandoned them six years ago. The girl’s baby boy, born in December, has been placed with an adoptive family.

In the wake of Martin’s guilty plea, Ventura County supervisors have ordered a review of the county’s procedures for dealing with child abuse complaints.

Officials with the Rio district, which covers parts of the Oxnard area, say county social workers did not investigate thoroughly even after receiving reports at least six times over two years.

“We’re pushing for higher standards by Child Protective Services,” said Tim Blaylock, the board’s president. “There are steps they could have taken to validate our concerns.”

Barry Zimmerman, head of the county’s Human Services Agency, declined to comment on the case or his department’s procedures, citing legal requirements for confidentiality.

Martin entered his plea in a brief, somber court appearance last week. At times, his wife held his hand and quietly sobbed. Under his plea agreement, he faces 17 years in prison.

A special election will be set for November to replace him on the district’s board.

Blaylock said the abuse emerged after the girl “confided to some of her classmates.”

“They were very concerned and wanted to help her,” he said. “These kids don’t just make up this stuff. Most of the time, it’s true.”

In interviews with social workers, the girl denied any sexual relationship with Martin, Blaylock said.

But, he said, the investigators should have anticipated that she would be fearful and asked a judge to order a physical exam. They also failed, he said, to interview district Supt. Sherianne Cotterell, who contacted the child protection agency after Martin’s wife shared her suspicions with her.

Reached by The Times on Wednesday, Cristina Carreño Martin, who said she is planning to file for divorce, was not quite as critical of county social workers.

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2 Comments to “To what extent is Barry Zimmerman personally responsible for the death of the little Alaina Stockdill?”


  1. Samantha Mariott says:

    R.I.P. Alaina Stockdill………An innocent life cut too short. Blair Stockdill is responsible for the death of her child; however, had the HSA done their job correctly this horrible tradgedy could have been prevented. Ventura County Social Services had been warned and given information which they chose to ignore. They don’t seem to have any problems stepping in to remove children any other time when the situations are nowhere near as harmful for their safety and well-being. The Ventura County Department for Children and Family Services is a joke. The death of Alaina Stockdill has opened the eyes of many people I’m sure; however, I would have to say it’s a little bit late for that now isn’t it. It should not have taken the death of an 8 year old to make the system do what it is supposed to be there to do. Blair Stockdill is obviously an extremely unstable person and since she had already had a CPS case prior to this, the reports of abuse should have been taken very seriously. Furthermore why is it that there was not an active social worker keeping an eye on her still when it is no secret that she is unstable. So all I really want to know now is what are they going to come up with to save their own asses this time; I’m sure it will be something really good and they will have all the excuses and bullshit reasons for their lack of attention and now I can say to them that they are the ones who should be facing criminal charges for child neglect along with Blair Stockdill who should have asked someone for help because I personally know that she knew how to ask and that she had to have been aware that things were beginning to get out of control weeks prior to this I’m sure. Alaina sleeps among the angels now and watches over us while she gets to rest peacefully away from any danger.

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  2. Agree, too late for the poor girl. The problem in this country that the likes of Zimmerman – and other numerous incompetent government officials are never held accountable. How does one reconcile “all being equal under the law” and impossibility to sue the government and officials personally for the negative consequences of their actions. Why do they have to have “immunity”? Why are they above the law? Isn’t that a sign of a monarchy??? Finally and only because he is running for governor, Brown is going after the City of Bell officials. But Zimmerman knew about the situation. He did not sound stupid in the TV interview. Very slick lawyer. The type we all dislike. That’s what’s wrong with the society. He failed by negligence and, in my opinion, should be held accountable.

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