Joseph Wallace

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Joseph R. Wallace (July 29, 1990 – April 19, 1993) was a two-year-old boy who was murdered by his mother in their Chicago, Illinois apartment in 1993. Wallace's mother, Amanda Wallace, was known to be mentally ill. Despite this, Joseph and his younger brother Joshua were removed from a foster family and returned to Amanda, who killed Joseph with an electrical cord.[1] The circumstances of Wallace's death and the ensuing public outcry precipitated large changes in the Illinois child welfare system and the Cook County juvenile court.[2]

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  1. ^ "In Memory Of Joseph Wallace". Chicago Tribune. April 21, 1993. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  2. ^ "The System is the Scapegoat", Chicago Tribune. October 29, 1993. Retrieved March 11, 2012.