Parents Gone Wild! Edward John Stecker, age 2, was beaten to death while in foster mother Lillian Bedford’s care


Edward “Eddie” John Stecker

Donald and Lillian Bedford lived  at 29 E. Seymour St. in Germantown.

Apparently Lillian Bedford was incompetent to stand trial, so she went to a mental hospital. Another child, Brent “Chuck” Garcia, had died in her care in 1966, but they were unable to prove murder. But Randolph E. Wise, the Welfare Dept. commissioner at the time said Eddie Stecker’s death was the first murder in Philadelphia’s foster care program. I doubt that is true.

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