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VIDEO: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Offers $10,000 Reward for Arrest in 6-Year-Old's Beating Death

A county supervisor said today he will ask the Board of Supervisors to offer a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man suspected of killing his 6-year-old stepson in South Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas wants the reward posted for Marcas Fisher, 36, who is accused of fatally beating Dae’von Bailey July 23 at a home in the 800 block of East 87th Place.

Fisher, the child’s last known caretaker, was nowhere to be found when officers arrived, police said.

“The entire community has a responsibility to help bring the perpetrator to justice, and we offer this reward for whomever comes forward to do that,” Ridley-Thomas told City News Service.

“This is a test of our regard for the protection and safety of our children,” Ridley-Thomas said. “No county can be proud of itself under these circumstances. We need to rally every moral fiber to apprehend the suspect — and those that might be harboring the suspect.”

The county Department of Children and Family Services had received repeated reports that Fisher had been abusing the boy, but left the child in his care. As a result of the boy’s death, the agency is increasing administrative oversight of child abuse investigations.

Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Patrick Gannon said earlier that investigators believe Fisher is getting help in evading capture.

“We believe there are people that he knows that have been harboring him and helping him from being captured by police,” Gannon said.

The arrest warrant alleges one count each of murder and assault on a child causing death. When Fisher is captured, bail will be set at $2 million, officials said.

Gannon said Fisher should be considered dangerous, and is on probation for burglary and narcotics violations.

He was in jail last month on suspicion of drunken driving, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Web site, which lists his release date as June 28.

Gannon urged anyone with information about Fisher’s whereabouts to call police at (213) 485-2801 during normal weekday office hours or (877) LAPD-24-7 around the clock. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

From County News Service (CNS)

VIDEO: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Addresses HerShe Group's Camp Cinderella Pool Party

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was the guest of honor at a July 13 pool party in Malibu organized by the HerShe Group Foundation, a group that mentors teenage girls in foster care and sponsors an annual summer camp at Pepperdine University.

The Supervisor, a longtime advocate of supportive services for foster children, implored the teenagers to work hard to achieve their dreams and told them they are fortunate to have received guidance from an organization like HerShe.

“All of us have to have support systems,” the Supervisor told the girls. “The things that seem to be challenges and impediments today won’t be tomorrow because you are those who can achieve and overcome by virtue of the fact that you have support.”

The pool party was a prelude to the HerShe Group’s 4th Annual Cinderella Ball, to be held July 19 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 Washington Boulevard.

The gala celebrates girls in foster care who have completed the group’s camp program. It also marks the debut of the girls as they approach emancipation from foster care.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas wished the girls “an extraordinary Cinderella Ball.”

“You are going to show up and show out,” he said. “That is what we want, that is what we expect and that is why we are your supporters.”

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Announces Hiring Of Two New Senior Deputies

Earlier this week Supervisor Ridley-Thomas announced the hiring of two new senior deputies — Linda A. Smith and Richard P. Fajardo. Smith, an educator with extensive experience in the public and non-profit sectors, has joined the staff as Senior Deputy for Human Development and Services.

Farjardo, a respected lawyer and advocate who was the lead attorney in a voting rights case that resulted in a court-ordered redrawing of supervisorial districts in Los Angeles County, has joined the staff as Senior Deputy for Justice and Public Safety issues.

Read about the entire senior staff.

May Is National Foster Care Month

Throughout the month of May, foster youth, their caregivers, families, child advocates and associated organizations will participate in events in Los Angeles County and California in celebration of National Foster Care Awareness Month. This annual campaign is a national effort designed to increase awareness around issues that impact foster children and to encourage individuals and communities to do more to support these amazing and deserving youth. This year, Foster Care Awareness Month will focus on issues of older foster youth which have been highlighted by the recently enacted federal bill, “Fostering Connections to Success.” Major aspects of the bill include the option of extending jurisdiction for foster youth to age 21 and increased funding support for foster youth placed with relative caregivers.

In Los Angeles County, the Board of Supervisors honors selected foster care community “heroes” on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, with a private reception at 8:30 a.m. which will be followed with scroll proclamations at the Board of Supervisors meeting at 9:30 a.m. These honorees are nominated by community members for their extraordinary contributions to the foster care system. This year’s Foster Care Hero recipients include Tereana Jolly, a non-relative extended family member; Amanda Riddle of L.A. Youth; Sue Thompson, a Court Appointed Special Advocate; Katherine Kirkpatrick and John Michalski, foster parents; Guadalupe Valdivia, a former foster youth; Maria “Connie” Mercado, a foster mother; Beverly Marie King, a former foster youth; and Brighton Collectibles, an “Adopt a Family” sponsor.

For more information and a calendar of special events throughout the month please visit www.fostercaremonth.org