Detroit Mother Slashes Her Children’s Throats After CPS Fails To Act
Detroit mother, Sara Boles is accused of slashing her own two children’s necks and choking one of them.
Police went to the home on Grandview to conduct a welfare check Saturday around 9 a.m. when they heard a child crying inside, the officers broke through the door of the 36-year-old’s Inkster home on New Year’s Day to discover Boles with her bloody children and a knife close by.
“It just doesn’t make sense to me why this happened,” said Inkster Assistant Police Chief Bill Ratliff. “It could have been prevented.”
Both children were taken to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries. The 3-year-old girl was released from the hospital while the 1-year-old boy, who was unresponsive at the scene, was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Michigan for further treatment where he remains in critical condition.
Ratliff said his investigators have been sounding the alarm about Boles to Children’s Protective Services, for years.
“Their failure to act here certainly would have prevented this from happening,” he said. “And it frustrates all of us in law enforcement.
Ratliff says that in three years, his officers have made 15 calls to the house off Grandview. On one call in 2018, officers found Sara Boles was in the road, threatening people with a saw.
Her then-6-month-old daughter was temporarily taken to the Inkster Police Department for safety.
Then, in 2020, Boles sliced her own head with razors and poured boiling water on her face.
Investigators filed reports with Child Protective Services twice, and say the children remained with Boles, who is bipolar, schizophrenic, and manic-depressant.
“Unfortunately I have to go on television and be the bad guy and point out CPS failed to do what they needed to do, to prevent this from happening,” Ratliff said.
Ratliff said that since 2018 the children’s family has been pleading with CPS investigators to get those kids away from their mother.
“You have family members and a law enforcement agency telling you there is a problem, and it culminates with two children with their throats slashed in their own house by their own mother,” Ratliff said.
“Due to Children’s Protective Services confidentiality laws, we are not able to discuss specific families or whether or not a specific family has had contact with Children’s Protective Services. The department has valued partnerships with law enforcement agencies and collaborate when there are reports of child abuse,” CPS said in a statement.
“I don’t want to say its irresponsible people, they are overwhelmed,” Ratliff said. “I think more resources need to be sent to CPS.”
Boles is charged with two counts each of assault with intent to murder and child abuse.