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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Major House Fire In Fruitland This Morning The Residence Of Jennifer Foxwell Wechsler

Salisbury News learned the home that caught fire in Fruitland this morning was the home of Jennifer Foxwell Wechsler, Mother of Sarah Foxwell.


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Anonymous said...

I heard she's pregnant again.

Anonymous said...

5:37 PM You just aint right. How would you feel if your house burn burned down and you lost all of yor possesions? I don't know the women but i do feel for her.
6:50 PM So shes pregnant. Are you jelous that you aint the father?

Anonymous said...

How much tragedy can one family take.

Anonymous said...

The paper said three pets lost their lives. Why wasn't she home at 3 am?

Anonymous said...

Thats like her 13th kid and they have all been taken away from her. I don't feel sorry for this woman at all. Know her history. I'd say the fire marshal needs to dig deep into this one.

Anonymous said...

If there is something suspicious about this fire the states attorney will let her off just as he did recently with Sarah's father. Do some digging Joe.

Anonymous said...

She does either have some extremely bad luck or weaves a tangled web or quite possibly both. No matter though, I do feel sorry for her.

Anonymous said...

Ask any one of her previous landlords about her past. Its not a pretty picture.

Anonymous said...

It makes one wonder.

Anonymous said...

And i here the father is in rehab again.

The Real Truth said...

SALISBURY -- When Sarah Haley Foxwell was reported as missing two days before Christmas, news of her disappearance spread quickly and spurred Lower Shore residents to action.

More than 3,000 mothers, fathers and children east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge held onto hope Christmas Day as they traveled before daybreak to Arthur W. Perdue Stadium to help search for the 11-year-old Wicomico Middle School student.

Nine hours later, outside the stadium in the rain, Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis announced that a search team had located Foxwell's badly burned body in rural Delmar, less than eight miles from the girl's home.

And in the midst of their tragedy -- as heart-sickened people wondered how something so tragic could be allowed to have happened -- Foxwell's parents and aunt became the subject of scrutiny and ridicule. Where were the parents, Jennifer and Thomas Foxwell?

The Real Truth said...

In conversations across the community, people have also wondered about the little girl's aunt, Amy Fothergill, following the arrest of the man charged with her disappearance. Fothergill told police she dated Thomas James Leggs Jr., a 30-year-old dual-state registered sex offender, for a short period about a month before her niece was abducted from her bedroom.

While it isn't known publicly whether Fothergill knew Leggs was a registered sex offender while they were dating, the aunt has been second-guessed in her role as caretaker; questions have swirled over how she came to be the designated guardian of Sarah "Haleybugs" Foxwell and her siblings.

Family statement

Court records do not state exactly when Foxwell and her siblings moved in with their aunt, but a Wicomico Circuit Court judge on Oct. 7, 2008, ordered Jennifer Foxwell to pay Fothergill $150 a month to support the six children.

Since the time of Foxwell's disappearance, her family has declined numerous interview requests. However, Jennifer Foxwell and Fothergill

The Real Truth said...

"For a variety of reasons, Amy stepped in to care for the children until Jennifer got on her feet," the statement reads. "By agreement, both Jennifer and Amy felt this was in the best interest of the children."

Foxwell's family did not offer specific reasons why Sarah and her siblings were living with their aunt. Court records, however, document a trail of events leading up to the removal of children living with Jennifer Foxwell at the time following a visit from a Department of Social Services employee.

Child care issues

More than two years before Sarah Foxwell was abducted and killed, her mother was indicted on two counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of confining an unattended child and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of child, all on Oct. 22, 2007.

The charges were placed on the stet -- or inactive -- docket on March 18, 2008.

According to a police report obtained by The Daily Times, a Department of Social Services employee visited Foxwell's home at about 10 a.m. Aug. 1, 2007, after Foxwell missed a meeting at New Transitions, an organization that provides mental health services.

The Real Truth said...

As the DSS employee walked by a parked van in the driveway on her way to the door, she saw Foxwell's 4-year-old child inside the vehicle.

The windows in the van were up. The doors were locked. At the time, the temperature was 82.9 degrees with 56 percent humidity, according to the employee's report.

The DSS employee knocked on the door twice before the mother of six answered the door. After Foxwell came the door and the DSS employee asked her about the child in the van, they both walked toward the vehicle.

As they got closer, they realized Foxwell's youngest child, who was 2 years old at the time, was also in the van.

She would later tell investigators she took medication earlier that morning and feel asleep while lying on the couch.

The father of the one of the children in the van, Adam Powell, who was then 31 years old, was asleep in the bedroom.

Foxwell went back inside the house to get the keys and let the children out.

DSS removed the children from the home and placed them with relatives while the incident was under investigation, according to the police report.

Seven days later, during an interview with detectives, Foxwell said she hadn't known the children were in the van.

Emergency custody complaint

A month before the visit from the DSS employee, Foxwell's maternal grandmother, Roberta Wechsler, filed an emergency complaint for custody of Foxwell and her siblings in Circuit Court on June 8, 2007.

Wechsler withdrew the petition June 29, and the judge dismissed the case.

The six-page complaint, filed by private attorney Lenora Mihavetz on behalf of Wechsler, identifies the grandmother as the plaintiff and Jennifer Foxwell, as well the children's fathers -- Adam Powell, Thomas Foxwell III and Steven McCune -- as defendants.

At the time the complaint was filed, Thomas Foxwell III was incarcerated in the Wicomico County Detention Center. He alleged in records at the time that he was "virtually absent from the minor children's life for the last 3 1/2 years."

Court records indicate Thomas Foxwell has been incarcerated multiple times on misdemeanor charges since 2005. On the day Sarah Foxwell was reported missing, he was in the Wicomico County Detention Center on $1,000 bond, but was later released. He was incarcerated on a theft charge, according to court records.

Unsubstantiated allegations

In the civil complaint for custody, the grandmother said she is seeking sole custody of the children because she feared the children would suffer "immediate substantial and irreparable harm" while in their mother's care.

The complaint alleges Jennifer Foxwell attempted suicide Dec. 15, 2006, in front of the four oldest children, and claims she had a long history of mental illness and suicide.

While her allegations are unsubstantiated but part of court documents, the grandmother also alleged Jennifer Foxwell used drugs, "is under the influence of alcohol the majority of the time" and kept the children from going to school.

The court document accuses Thomas Foxwell of abusing some or all of the minor children, and states that reports of the alleged sexual abuse resulted in an investigation by Child Protective Services of Wicomico County in 2004 through 2005. The alleged investigation determined "that sex abuse by Thomas D. Foxwell III was indicated."

Thomas Foxwell was has not been charged in connection with the sex abuse allegations, according to a search of the state's electronic databases.

Anonymous said...

The Real Truth asked-----

Where were the parents, Jennifer and Thomas Foxwell?

Drug addicts then and now. Either one of them are in the children's lives. Honestly the children are better off.

Anonymous said...

something does not feel right about this.

Anonymous said...

Hope they don't sweep this under the rug....she is a danger to society as a whole.

Anonymous said...

Joe'd great at digging!