NC mother of dead child charged with abuse

Ellen Brittany Green-Allen and Donte Joseph Diven (images courtesy Person County Sheriff's Office and Clements Funeral Service)

Ellen Brittany Green-Allen and Donte Joseph Diven (images courtesy Person County Sheriff's Office and Clements Funeral Service)

ROXBORO, N.C. — The mother of a 2-year-old boy who died Sunday is accused of extreme child abuse, according to WTVD-TV.

Ellen Brittany Green-Allen, 23, is charged with intentional child abuse causing serious physical injury.

Investigators say the case began July 30 when Person County deputies went to a call about a child in cardiac arrest.

“It did not sound right from the beginning. They actually took the child from the residence and met at a convenience store instead of waiting at the residence for the ambulance to arrive,” said Person County Sheriff Dewey Jones.

The toddler – Donte Joseph Diven – was taken to the hospital but never regained consciousness and died August 3.

“At this time, we do not have cause of death. We’re still waiting for the medical examiner and also toxicology. There were no physical signs of trauma,” said Sheriff Jones.

But investigators say there was evidence the child was burned with a cigarette at least three times. Prosecutors say they expect to file more charges when the results of the autopsy come back.

“We’re understanding that she had two previous kids that were taken away from her by social services. We have been working with social services. They’ve been involved. We’re trying to find the details of all of that,” said Sheriff Jones.

Green-Allen went before a judge in Roxboro Friday. Bond was set at $500,000.

11 comments

  • Grandma

    Bless him. I don’t know what is wrong with people, some don’t deserve the privilege of having children.

  • Helium

    All I have to know about this and how screwed up our system is is right here – “We’re understanding that she had two previous kids that were taken away from her by social services. We have been working with social services. They’ve been involved. We’re trying to find the details of all of that,” said Sheriff Jones.

  • FaithC

    When she had the other two taken away from her she should have been sterilized. Guess she is popping them out for a check and benefits. She is a worthless POS.

  • Wendy

    Why was she allowed to have more children when she lost previous children to neglect and abuse? When will the system be fixed so that the children’s rights outweigh the parents right? How many poor babies have to be lost due to cruel or irresponsible idiots??!!

    • Angel

      First do you actual think compulsory sterilization law would be the answer? We have tried that before. It was deemed torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, by the United Nations. What is your classification as to who gets fixed and who doesn’t? You should read about it is it is a really good look into how messed up our passed really was. Now, I will agree that there should be a have been a check put on her to see if she should have been allowed to leave that hospital with that child. Having lost two with out having them returned throws up a bunch of red flags. Maybe a social worker should have been in contact with her from day one, or perhaps day one of knowing she was pregnant.

  • ladyt

    This is horrible . But unfortunately in this country sterilization is unlawful . Something has to be done and done quickly to help these thousands of kids being killed by the hand of their own parents !!

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