Records show repeated DFCS calls before Heaven Woods' death

ATLANTA -- Records show the Division of Family and Children Services received at least nine calls before Heaven Woods' death, each expressing concern for Woods or other children in the household. One of those calls came just three weeks before the five-year-old died; the case was still open at the time of her death.

According to a case file obtained by 11Alive News, DFCS was first called to the home in March of 2009, when Woods was less than a year old. The most recent call was May 1, 2014.

On May 20th, Heaven Woods was dead. Her mother, Amanda Hendrickson, was charged in her death, along with Hendrickson's boyfriend, Roderick Buckner. According to the GBI, the 5-year-old died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen.

In each of the cases, reports of abuse or neglect were unsubstantiated, the file shows. During case worker visits, children in the home would not verbalize or otherwise indicate any wrongdoing by adults in the home, and case workers could find no visible bruises or marks.

Hendrickson's mother, Lisa Coursey, has called for justice for her granddaughter, saying she wants Hendrickson to "rot" if she is responsible for Woods' death.

Tuesday night, she told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander that she was shocked to know her granddaughter had such an extensive DFCS case history. In the days immediately following Woods' death, she indicated she knew DFCS had been called, but thought it was part of a custody dispute.

"Now, since all of this has come out, I keep hearing, 'DFCS has been out on her,'" Coursey said at the time. "If they'd done their job, my granddaughter might still be here."


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