The biological mother of the baby killed by a dog in Clearwater has hired an attorney to help her get answers. She says the foster care system failed her daughter, 7-month-old Khloe Williams.
The mother, Shavon Grossman, tells News Channel 8’s Gabrielle Shirley she saw Khloe about one hour before the dog attacked her. The two of them were together for a supervised visit. Now, she says she has too many unanswered questions.
“I want answers and I want justice,” says Grossman. “I want someone held accountable because I do not want this to happen to another baby.”
Khloe entered the foster care system in May. Grossman says it was because of inadequate housing.
“She was staying here with my family, with my sister, and my sister’s kids that are all approved to have her while I worked out where me and her were going to live,” says Grossman. “The workers came and removed her from here because of no housing.” She is referencing the home of her sister.
According to the Clearwater Police Department, on Friday, Khloe was in the care of her foster father’s mother at her house. The mother’s dog, a pit bull mix, bit her. The dog, Lynnie, was removed from the home and transported to Pinellas County Animal Services. She is under rabies quarantine for 10 days.
“At one o’clock, she was with me and she was smiling and she was happy,” recalls Grossman, “and, then, I get told that at 2 o’clock she was mauled by the dog.”
Khloe later died at Mease Countryside Hospital.
Grossman asks, “Where were these people to stop this? Where? They didn’t see this? They didn’t hear my baby cry?”
She is wondering how Khloe could bother a dog when she was not crawling yet.
“Even if she could [crawl], where were these people to watch her with the dog? I mean, my nephew is one year old and we would never leave him around a dog unattended,” Grossman says.
News Channel 8 tried to talk to the woman who had been with Khloe at the time of the attack. We knocked on her door on Fairwood Avenue but the knocks went unanswered.
Now, the attorney representing Grossman is working to fill in the gaps. He says he is prepared to push for criminal charges against someone depending on the findings.
“I lost my child for nothing,” says Grossman, “for negligence, for them doing nothing to make sure she was OK, nothing.”
The investigation is ongoing with both the Clearwater Police Department and the Department of Children and Families looking into it.