The Grand Jury Report surrounding the death of Jarrod Tutko Junior in July 2014 exposes the real truth behind the child protective services in Pennsylvania. It has nothing to do with football programs, or culture problems, and everything to do with poor management and execution of our child protective services.
Regular readers of this blog know that I take a particular interest in the child welfare issues that were exposed by the Jerry Sandusky Scandal which exploded in 2011. That is the fact that Pennsylvania has one of the worst systems around. Two cases of particular note that I have followed are that of Christopher Lee in Boalsburg and also of the late Jarrod Tutko Jr. in Dauphin County.
Jarrod Tutko Jr. was reported dead to police by his mother on 01 August 2014 . It was then discovered that he had been dead since at least 29 July 2014 inside the family home and as the press and others investigated many more issues were discovered. It was found that far from being surprising or caught off guard, the Tutko’s were on Dauphin CYS (and other PA and NJ agencies) radar for decades. These issues led to the convening of a Pennsylvania grand jury to investigate the circumstances surrounding Jarrod Jr.’s case. That report has now been released and the results are truly amazing.