AUSTIN (KXAN) - Nearly two months after the death of a two-year-old in a Rockdale foster home, the State has determined the foster home had numerous violations.
On Monday, the Residential Child Care Licensing sent Texas Mentor a letter regarding the violations found at the Small foster home.
Two-year-old Alexandria Hll was placed in Sherill Small's foster home by Texas Mentor -- a foster-care contractor -- in January.
Small, 54, is charged with capital murder in the child's death. Police said Hill's head had been smashed against the floor.
According to the State, the foster home had eight violations, ranging from the use of corporal punishment to the lack of background checks on individuals who live at the home.
The letter recommended that Texas Mentor conduct unannounced visits and verify who is living in the home.
During July 8 - July 13, 2013, there were three foster children in Small's home, which exceeded the total capacity of the home.
In regards to Hill's death, the letter indicated Small didn't immediately call 9-1-1 when she realized the child wasn't breathing. The caregiver called another person and waited at least one to three minutes before calling 9-1-1.
Texas Mentor released the following statement regarding the letter:
"We have received a letter from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services with the results of RCCL's investigation into the death of Alexandria Hill. The results included many issues which we became aware of through our review of the Small home following this tragic incident and have subsequently begun to address through a self-initiated plan of action which we have shared with the Department. While our plan addresses many of the deficiencies noted in the letter, we will undertake additional steps as necessary to ensure we're being responsive to the Department and their efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of the children entrusted to our care by the state."
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