City Desk

‘The Family Was Stable’

Last night, City Desk got a bit of news on the triple homicide case—that the family did have contact with social services in 2006. Today, the Washington Post has an in-depth look at the problems between Erika Peters, her children and her live-in boyfriend.

The live-in boyfriend, Joseph Randolph Mays, was charged in the murders Saturday night.

The Post reports that Kimberly Trimble, Peters' sister, notified authorities about Joseph Mays' alleged abuse of one of the children: "Trimble said that about two years ago, she contacted the District's Child and Family Services Agency to report that Mays had shaken his daughter. A year after that, she said, she warned the principal at Holy Redeemer Catholic School to look out for marks on her sister's children. She said she did not remember what became of either warning."

This brings us back to CFSA and its involvement. Today we reached Attorney General Peter Nickles for a little more clarification.

Nickles says that CFSA received a hotline call in October 2006 concerning Erika Peters and her family. The call was for potential neglect or abuse. "The family engaged with CFSA in treatment," Nickles says. He refused to elaborate on the nature of the treatment.

"In 2007, a little more than a year after, the view was on behalf of the agency [that] the family was stable," Nickles says.

"Since that time, there has been no call, no indication" that there were problems in the Peters home at the Carver Terrace Apartments, Nickles added.

*photo of Erika Peters courtesy of WJLA.

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