A Nebraska Families Collaborative worker visited a Bellevue home a few days before 2-month-old Jasmine Thompson was found there, not breathing.
Dave Newell, president and CEO of the collaborative, confirmed last week that a family permanency specialist made a regularly scheduled visit Dec. 18 to the house at 11810 S. 34th St.
The collaborative provides case management services for child welfare families in Douglas and Sarpy Counties.
Court documents show that Jasmine was made a ward of the state after methamphetamine was found in her system at birth. She was placed in the custody of her father, Aaron M. Thompson, 27.
Jasmine’s mother, Samantha Thompson, 29, is a federal prisoner in the Cass County Jail.
During the Dec. 18 home visit, Newell said, the worker did not observe anything requiring a mandatory report to authorities.
Three days later, on Dec. 21, police were called to the home in reference to an unresponsive child. An hour later, Jasmine died at Bellevue Medical Center. No one has been arrested or charged in connection with Jasmine’s death.
According to a search warrant, dirty conditions were found in the home Dec. 21. Detectives found Jasmine’s bassinet empty, with no mattress, and with mildew or black mold where Jasmine would sleep, the warrant states.
Officers also smelled the odors of bleach and feces in various rooms, the warrant says.
Newell called Jasmine’s death a tragedy.
Russ Reno, a spokesman for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, declined to comment, citing an ongoing investigation.
“We’re all devastated by Jasmine’s death,” Newell said, noting that the collaborative is undergoing an internal review. “Our agency is committed to taking care of kids.”
Newell said the collaborative is also cooperating with HHS and law enforcement. The collaborative does not have the authority, he said, to remove a child from a home.
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