CPS: Girl found dead in refrigerator may have had home health care worker

Investigators to determine if worker had knowledge of girl's deteriorating health

By Joel Eisenbaum - Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON - The mother of a child who was found dead in a refrigerator drawer earlier this month had hired medical help at home, Local 2 Investigates has learned.

"That's going to be part of the investigation; whether they saw Ayahna and whether they had any concerns," said Estella Olguin, spokeswoman for Child Protective Services.

Olguin said that Amber Keyes, 34, appeared to have used at least a portion of the money she obtained from federal government disbursements to hire a home health care worker.

CPS Investigators are now trying to determine whether the person, or perhaps several people, knew about Ayahna Comb's deteriorating condition. Court documents obtained by Local 2 peg the child at only 14 years old at the time of her death.

Comb would have been turned 9 this April.

"The child celebrated her birthday in there," Olguin said. "No one, no family members inquire or bring a present over for her."

From 2002-2004 CPS had contact with Keyes regarding her eldest child, following allegations that the child had been physically and sexually abused by Keyes' boyfriend at the time.

Keyes' parental rights with the child were terminated and the girl was adopted in 2004, according to court documents obtained by Local 2.

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