DCS records reveal mother charged in child's death had lengthy child neglect history

IMPD saw mother, infant 2 weeks before death

INDIANAPOLIS - The Call 6 Investigators have learned new details in the November 2012 death of 3-month-old Phillip Robey.

His mother, Bambi Glazebrook, is facing murder charges and is due in court Jan. 8.

Robey was so malnourished at the time of his death, he weighed only 5 pounds and had been kept in a drawer.

Records from the Indiana Department of Child Services show Glazebrook had a lengthy history with the agency, and DCS received several calls in September and October 2012 about possible neglect just before Phillip Robey’s death on Nov. 8, 2012.

A Sept. 24 complaint to DCS said Glazebrook’s 2-year-old daughter had bruises, and the baby’s father Gregory Robey was “frustrated with Phillip, and was excessively stern and yelling at Phillip for not holding still.”

An Oct. 24 complaint to DCS said, “Phillip is so skinny that his bones are showing” and another complaint, on Oct. 25, said, “the baby looks two weeks old and does not respond to anyone or any stimuli.” 

Documents in the DCS file released Thursday said DCS workers couldn’t get in touch with Glazebrook or the baby to investigate, and the case stalled.     

“DCS made several attempts to contact the family -- from seven visits to various addresses from Sept. 24 - Nov. 1, 2012, checking with local utilities regarding services to the addresses given, scouring state and city government databases for additional addresses, and DCS having a contractor investigator conduct an absent-parent search in attempt to locate the family and the children involved,” wrote Stephanie McFarland, DCS spokeswoman, in an email to Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney Thursday. “Another news source interviewed Ms. Glazebrook's father on camera in November, in which he stated he told his daughter to ignore the notices DCS had left requesting her to contact DCS.”

On Oct. 25, two weeks prior to Robey’s death, IMPD officers responded to Glazebrook’s home after someone called police, concerned the baby was not being fed properly.   
     
IMPD spokeswoman Linda Jackson told Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney the officers made contact with Glazebrook and saw the baby.

“At that time, they determined that the conditions in the house were acceptable. The officers also said the infant was alert and in good condition,” wrote Jackson in an email to RTV6.

IMPD did not alert DCS of their visit because they were unaware of a DCS case on Glazebrook.   

According to a memo provided by IMPD , there is a system in place to alert officers dispatched to a flagged address where there’s an active case involving children under the supervision of the Indiana Department of Child Services who have previously been victims of neglect or abuse.

The memo said DCS is responsible for providing the information, so it can be entered into the Computer Aided Dispatched (CAD) system.

McFarland explained DCS automatically issues a report to law enforcement when DCS determines an assessment is warranted.

McFarland said she can't speak to what IMPD does when it receives those reports.

When asked whether DCS has followed up with IMPD to make sure the system is working properly, McFarland said it would likely be part of a DCS child fatality review. 

Records show Glazebrook has a history of drug use, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.

She also has a history with DCS for how she treated her five children.

In 2007, the agency cited Glazebrook twice for child neglect for exposing her children to drugs.

Records show her parental rights were terminated in 2009, and three of her children were taken away.

Glazebrook then gave birth to another child, a girl.

In 2010, DCS cited Glazebrook again for exposing her baby to drugs.

As for why Glazebrook was allowed to care for children despite her history of neglect, McFarland said DCS was opposed to idea, but the court determined otherwise.

“DCS did implement an informal adjustment after the court's decision, which requires the parent to undergo services (and is monitored by the court) and allows DCS to have continued involvement with the family without a CHINS case with the court,” wrote McFarland in an email to RTV6.

Glazebrook gave birth to Phillip Robey on Aug. 10, 2012, and he died Nov. 8, 2012, despite many calls aimed at saving his life.

Records show Glazebrook had the drug THC in her system on the day Phillip Robey died.

Baby Phillip weighed only 5 pounds, less than his birth weight.

When asked whether Glazebrook’s other four children are with family or foster families, DCS would not comment, citing state and federal laws.

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