‘Wisconsin failed him’: Mother of 10-year-old who died after ‘extreme abuse’ frustrated with system that kept him there

MADISON, Wis. — Takoda Collins’ mom said he spent the last few years of his life terrified.

Evidence shows he was beaten, locked in an attic and forced to eat his own feces.

He was 10 years old when he died last month in Dayton, Ohio, and News 3 Now is continuing to search for answers as to why this was allowed to continue for as long as it did.

Robin Collins, Takoda Collins’ mother, is trying to piece it together too.

“It’s kind of still surreal right now,” she said. “It’s real, but it’s not real.”

She said she is angry more than anything, and she blames the system of courts, custody and protective services for what happened.

She blames herself, too.

“Beyond a shadow of a doubt, they failed him,” she said. “Wisconsin failed him. Ohio failed him. My family, me, we all failed him. We have to take some of that responsibility. As his mother, I have to take that responsibility. I feel guilty as hell.”

Privacy laws make the case is difficult to track. Blame is hard to place, or rather too easy to place in many hands.