It made for good courtroom theater, but the state Department of Children's Services is deeming fiction a foster father's claim that he was unaware of the myriad woes suffered by a teenager on whom he inflicted a fatal chokehold.
"These case notes clearly reflect everyone knew what was going on with this child," DCS spokesman Rob Johnson said of slain 16-year-old Jordan Kaleb Shelton.
Jordan died in foster father Kenneth Wayne Taylor's Morristown home after the former bodybuilder wrestled him to the floor with a chokehold that trapped blood in his brain. Taylor stood trial in the 2007 death earlier this year and last week was sentenced to five years for what a jury decided was a case of voluntary manslaughter.
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