Distraught mother questions why son nearly drowned in foster care

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — A Fort Wayne mother is furious that her toddler is in a coma after nearly drowning while he was at his foster family’s home.

“I wish I could do something, I wish I could take his place to where he can still be here,” Brittney Clark says.

Clark says her 20-month-old son Braylen is in a coma after he was pulled from a pond on the Fourth of July.

“There was no adult supervision around,” she says.

She says the Department of Child Services removed her two sons from her home this spring and put them in foster care.

She says when she wouldn’t allow the foster family to take her boys out of state, they were placed with another foster family in Adams County south of Decatur.

Clark claims on the Fourth of July, that foster father was outside chopping wood while other, older foster kids watched the younger ones and the foster mother was inside making lunch.

“Somehow Braylen got away and ended up in a pond on their property for about two to three minutes, they think,” she says.

Braylen was rushed to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, where she says he initially did well, but then had seizures that put him in a coma and on life support.

“If it wasn’t for the kid that found my son, he wouldn’t even be trying to fight for his life. He wouldn’t be here right now. The reason why they found him is because they thought he was a life jacket floating in the pond,” she says.

She says she cannot understand how a foster family vetted by the state could be so careless to leave children unsupervised.

“They took upon another responsibility to take somebody else’s kids. And to not watch them, especially him not even being two years old yet. Maybe if he would have ran into the pond, with it being two seconds they could have got him if they were actually paying attention. But cutting wood, apparently, was more important than watching my son,” Clark says.

She says Braylen’s outlook is grim, but she’s not giving up.

“He’s definitely a fighter. He’s strong, and I hope he just wakes up,” she says.

The Adams County prosecutor’s office is still investigating the near drowning.

We reached out to the Department of Child Services for a comment and to request a copy of paperwork related to Braylen’s case.

We have not received a response

Corinne Rose

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