CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1997
Three-year-old Tamika Triggs is safe today. Clean, fed and supervised by responsible adults, she no longer needs to pretend to sleep on her mother's lap as the woman shoots up heroin and smokes crack cocaine. Los Angeles County social workers tracked down Tamika on Sunday after she was featured in a Times series, "Orphans of Addiction," by urban affairs writer Sonia Nazario and staff photographer Clarence Williams. She now lives temporarily in the respite of a foster home.
April 3, 1998 |
On Feb. 24, 26-year-old Stacey Davis, broke and recovering from an addiction to speed, checked into a Long Beach hospital, where a doctor sterilized her by tying her tubes. The next day, an Orange County organization mailed her a check for $200. "I'm not going to lie," said Davis, a mother of three children in foster care. Although certain she didn't want any more children, she was also attracted by the promise of a reward. "I mean, I need the money right now. I need to do something for me."
November 17, 1997 |
In a two-story apartment building in the core of Compton, something magical is happening. Children are playing. Moms are cooking. Souls are healing. "We're like the damn Brady Bunch," says Beatrice McClendon--amazing words from a woman who not so long ago was spending more time with her crack pipe than with her children.