SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Next week a Castlewood mother will be sentenced for the death of her toddler. Two-year-old Jorgie was pronounced dead at the hospital after being assaulted. Josephine Raymund pleaded guilty only to felony child abuse charges. Tonight, Jorgie’s foster parents are speaking out, saying this horrible tragedy didn’t have to happen at all.
Jorgie was a charming and vivacious little girl.
“Her life mattered. It mattered to us, it mattered to us, it mattered to her siblings. There’s a huge hole in people’s hearts,” Jon Fogarty said.
Jon and Paula Fogarty are struggling after losing their foster child in such a horrific manner. The case against her mother, Josephine Raymundo, has received very little attention and more serious manslaughter charges against Raymundo have been dropped. The Fogarty’s have fostered many children, but they say there were red flags in this situation that were ignored.
“My fears were confirmed. We expose ourselves and open up our hearts and we have numerous times taken foster children in and as far as we know, everything has been a huge success, except for this situation.”Jorgie Foster Father, Jon Fogarty
The Fogarty’s don’t want Jorgie to be forgotten.
Jon Fogarty: I want people to know that a sweet little girl’s life was taken. This particular little girl was sweeter than most kids. She was the most outgoing thing. And I can only imagine how sweet she is in heaven now. And as a matter of fact, the day we lost her, what was your response? What did you put on Facebook?
Paula Fogarty: That heaven gained an angel today. Heaven gained an angel today and that’s really how we feel.
Jon Fogarty: Anything we can do to celebrate her life. She was just a wonderful warm being.
Coming up tonight at 10 p.m., we look into Josephine Raymundo’s background and find out who else is charged in Jorgie’s death.
Plus, we see how the Fogarty’s warned authorities that something wasn’t right before Jorgie died.
Don’t miss our KELOLAND News investigation “A Little Girl Lost,” Thursday night at 10 p.m.