The guardian of a 4 1/2 -year-old boy beaten, strangled and thrown into a trash compactor asked the public on Wednesday to "say a prayer" for her foster son.
In an interview in the New York Times, Dana Blackledge-Poole said Kayesean Blackledge, whose body was found last Thursday in a Brooklyn housing project, was never abused.
She was interviewed by telephone from a Jersey City, N.J., hospital where she is recovering from stab wounds. Police are seeking Brooklyn sanitation inspector Stephan Poole, believed to be Ms. Blackledge-Poole's husband, for questioning.
Ms. Blackledge-Poole said it has been wrongly assumed that she was a bad mother because she is a transsexual.
The Times, quoting unidentified officials, said that two months after the boy was born, a neglect petition was brought against Kayesean's mother, 15-year-old Kaaron Blackledge, and her mother. The Child Welfare Administration placed Kayesean in Ms. Blackledge-Poole's home in early 1989 under a kinship foster program.