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Who failed the children? 407-pound teen, sister die within four months

Tony Gonzalez and Chas Sisk • May 19, 2013 at 6:40 PM

RED BOILING SPRINGS, Tenn. — Derek and Sherry Head live down a gravel driveway that forks in two directions. The short path goes to their small white home, and the other runs up the hill to the Clementsville Cemetery. They buried two of their children there last year.

Beneath black headstones, they first buried their 407-pound son, Adam, 15, and then their daughter, Tamara, who suffered from cystic fibrosis for 14 years — two children whose dire medical conditions had raised concerns and sympathies across the small community.

Each time, the churches and the schools raised money for the Heads, who had no income, health problems of their own, and — at the time — a 12-year-old daughter to care for at home.

In August, almost a month after Tamara died, an anonymous caller to DCS questioned the circumstances of her death and raised concerns about the safety of the youngest child.

Read the full story on The Tennessean website.

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