The risk factors prior to the death of the four daughters were numerous. The family had a history of domestic violence, substance abuse, poverty, and mental health issues which all contributed to their inability to adequately care for and protect their children. Additionally, there were reports that the parents had threatened or neglected their children in the past, yet they continued to live in an unsafe environment without any intervention from child protective services or other authorities.
In my opinion, I believe that these deaths could have been prevented if there was better communication between authorities as well as stronger enforcement of existing policies regarding child welfare. It is clear that the family was not receiving sufficient support despite multiple red flags being present such as domestic abuse and neglect allegations against the parents. Furthermore, even though there were several reports made by concerned individuals about potential harm towards the children; these weren’t taken seriously enough by either law enforcement or Child Protective Services (CPS).