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Mother looking for answers after son ends up in coma while in DCS care

Brittney Clark's 20-month-old son, Braylen, is now in a coma at Lutheran Children's Hospital.

Posted: Jul 10, 2019 9:54 PM
Updated: Jul 10, 2019 10:26 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - A Fort Wayne mother wants answers after her son nearly drowned while in state custody.

Brittney Clark's 20-month-old son, Braylen, is now in a coma at Lutheran Children's Hospital.

"His heart stopped. His brain lost oxygen and all his organs shut down," Clark said.

Clark's two sons were placed in foster care in the spring.

A few weeks ago, the Indiana Department of Child Services placed both boys with another family while their foster family went on a trip out of state over the Fourth of July.

Clark said that's when Braylen ended up in a pond on the property and nearly drowned.

She's been trying to be by his side ever since.

"They are not allowing anyone on my side come in. No aunt's, uncles. sisters, brothers, non of that," Clark said.

However Clark said the first foster family is allowed to bring everyone into the room.
She said she doesn't think DCS is treating her fairly in the situation.

"They can sit there and leave children in homes that are being abused and all types of stuff," said Clark.

Braylen was improving, this video is of him hours before he suffered a seizure that sent him into a coma.

Clark said if he doesn't wake up in three to six months, she has a choice.

"If he does not wake up, they are going to give me an option to take everything out and let him pass," said Clark.

And she said her oldest son is trying to help Braylen pull through.

"He was talking to Braylen, He was saying "Hi bubba, I love you bubba. He wanted him to wake up," said Clark.

Clark said DCS took her kids after one got hurt while playing outside, her ex-boyfriend is accusing her of not paying attention to them.

She said it is frustrating knowing her son is now hospitalized while in DCS's care.

"I just think DCS is not safe for any kids," said Clark.

FOX 55 contacted DCS to ask how they handle situations like this but DCS has yet to respond.

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