RANCHO CUCAMONGA - There is no disputing that 3-month-old Tiffany Eilders suffered a violent and terrible death.What on earth was the foster care agency thinking when allowing this woman to have foster children? It is very apparent she was not a good candidate - having no stable home environment for children. AND knowing that the home she was residing in had someone they forbade from residing there?
When paramedics rushed the baby girl to the hospital in November 2005, she had a fractured skull, broken ribs and cuts in her mouth, all of which appeared the result of unthinkable abuse.
But exactly who did this to her, and when, was the topic of fierce contention Wednesday as a trial opened for the man police said is to blame.
John Michael Burton, the 29-year-old boyfriend of Tiffany's foster mother, is charged in West Valley Superior Court with fatally assaulting the infant. Tiffany had been in the foster care of Burton's girlfriend. Both the girlfriend and the child were living in a home with Burton's parents.
Burton, however, had been forbidden by social workers from living there with them. He disregarded the order and remained in the house anyway because he had nowhere else to go.