Archive for Friday, September 15, 2000

SRS denies releasing victims’ address

Father poisoned girls

September 15, 2000


— A spokesman for the state's social service agency says it didn't send a man who poisoned his daughters with antifreeze the girls' foster-care address.

Donald Ayres, a 31-year-old from Culver, was found guilty of two counts of felony child abuse and misdemeanor child endangerment by an Ottawa County jury in July. He testified that he put antifreeze in his daughters' orange juice to make them ill in order to get attention from his estranged second wife.

Both girls fell gravely ill, but have since recovered and are in foster care.

At a sentencing hearing Tuesday, a counselor who evaluated Ayres said the man had discovered his daughters' whereabouts. The sentencing hearing is scheduled to resume Oct. 27.

Mike Sheahon, a Salina attorney representing Ayres, told Chief Judge Daniel Hebert in court that Ayres saw the address on a Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services form.

SRS spokesman Tim Hoyt said Wednesday, "We did not send any information to Mr. Ayres that contained the name or address of the foster parents. It didn't come through our system."

During an interview Wednesday, Sheahon said he wasn't sure if the document was mailed to Ayres or if another attorney showed it to him. SRS is attempting to terminate Ayres' parental rights to the girls, and Ayres' attorney in that case may have shown the document to him, Sheahon said.

After learning that Ayres knew the girls' whereabouts, Hebert warned him in court to stay away from his daughters.

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