July 8, 2003
IF ANYTHING could surpass the unspeakably tormented life and brutal death of Ciara Jobes, it's the suggestion of child welfare advocates that she is simply the case we know about, just one of many victims dying a different sort of death out of public view. She was starved, imprisoned and mercilessly whipped with electrical cords, and now the 15-year-old girl's death must be the leverage for a top to bottom examination of how state government deals with children in distress. Suffering of the sort inflicted on Ciara Jobes and other helpless children will, if unaddressed, call into question society's commitment to justice and compassion.
December 21, 2002
The Sun's article on the abuse and death of 15-year-old Ciara Jobes was overwhelming ("Guardian charged with murder of girl, 15," Dec. 13). Her bruised and emaciated body represents the darkest side of human behavior. Reading the details of Ciara's life, it becomes apparent that it offered many red flags that were noticed far too late. One example is the lack of timely intervention by the city schools and courts when the child never set foot in Patterson High this fall - and this after a period of frequent absences from as many as 10 other city schools.
October 2, 2004
Paula T. Ciara, a former educator who had been active in the Junior League of Baltimore, died of cancer Sept. 24 at her home in North Falmouth, Mass. She was 71. She was born Paula Tippett in Baltimore and raised in the city's Homewood section. She was the daughter of the late William T. Tippett, chief judge of the old People's Court. A graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School, she earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1954 from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and a master's in education in 1979 from Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Mass.
January 5, 2006
Ciara? Who? During the summer of 2004, the slick, crunked-out "Goodies" was the No. 1 song in the country, its heavy, pulsing beat booming from car speakers or shaking club walls. I dug the record and cranked it up if I happened to be in the car when the tune came on. It was hard to miss since the cut was on the air, like, every 10 minutes. Because the Lil' Jon-produced track was so hot, I paid little attention to the thin-voiced chick delivering the lines in a somewhat robotic croon. But soon Miss Thing became almost inescapable.
December 12, 2003
A year to the day after Ciara Jobes' bruised and emaciated body was found in a Southeast Baltimore rowhouse, her grandmother returned there last night to hold a candlelight vigil. "We came here tonight to let Ciara know that she may be gone a year, but we still think about her," said Iva Cruse, 55, who organized the gathering at the O'Donnell Heights rowhouse where Ciara, who was 15 when she died, spent her last days. Police found the girl's body, which was covered with cuts from recent beatings, last Dec. 12 and arrested her legal guardian, Satrina Roberts, 32, who lived with Ciara in the home in the 1200 block of Gregor Way. Roberts is jailed, awaiting trial on a charge of first-degree murder.
December 18, 2002
At times, it was difficult to hear the soloists over the wails. And some relatives of Ciara Jobes were so overcome with emotion yesterday that they had to be escorted from the chapel. For more than two hours, about 250 mourners prayed for, grieved for and shouted about the death a girl many barely knew. The emaciated body of the 15-year-old was found in an apartment on Gregor Way last week. She weighed 73 pounds, and her body was covered with cuts and bruises. Her legal guardian, Satrina Roberts, 31, has been charged with first-degree murder.