In 2011, 19-year-old Josie Dikeman was accused of child neglect after her boyfriend’s one-year-old daughter suffered a skull fracture and a brain injury in her care. That charge was dropped. Two years later, she was convicted in a separate child neglect case regarding the same little girl, by then age three, who had been returned from foster care only to become malnourished and suffer fractured hands and feet while in Josie and her boyfriend’s care.
After Josie moved in with her new boyfriend, Derek Pedrin, forming a large, blended family with seven children, loved ones began reporting concerns that Josie was abusing or neglecting Derek’s son, Alexavier. Derek and Josie began refusing to let Alexavier’s maternal family see him. On February 10 of this year, police performed a welfare check at the family’s request, finding Alexavier asleep and very drowsy, but supposedly fine. Fifteen hours later, police returned to the home, where six-year-old Alexavier was pronounced dead.
This is part one of the infuriating story of Alexavier Pedrin.
Links discussed in today’s episode:
Anderson family GoFundMe campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/f/rjfpz-justice-for-alex
Justice for Alexavier on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100090123498090
Justice for Alexavier on TikTok: https://firstname.lastname@example.org
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