CPS teen killed Sunday has been identified

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The teen girl who was struck and killed by a van early Sunday after escaping CPS care has been identified as a child who was listed as missing last year.

Daphne Jackson, 15, had been included on local and national missing child alerts after disappearing last August. It is unclear whether she was returned to custody between that time and her death over the weekend.

The incident marked the first time a child has died while staying in a CPS office because of the lack of available foster care placements. The death also highlighted the severe capacity shortage for foster children, particularly older children with serious medical, emotional, psychological or behavioral challenges.


Daphne and another girl left a CPS facility on Northpoint Drive in northwest Harris County where they were bunking overnight and eventually met up with other teens.

Around 3 a.m. Sunday, the group was walking in an area without sidewalks in the 111200 block of Veterans Memorial Drive when Jackson strayed into the road.

The driver of a white van traveling southbound saw the teens, but still slammed into the 15-year-old as she edged into the road, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Jackson died in a nearby parking lot. The other girl, a 17-year-old whose name has not been released, sustained an arm injury. She was treated at a nearby hospital and returned to CPS care.

The van driver was questioned, then released without charges. The case remains under investigation by the sheriff’s traffic enforcement division.

At the time, both girls were considered “children without placement” – which meant that they ended up supervised by caseworkers in a state office.


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