By Robert Price, Bakersfield.com, March 27, 2021
You might say Shawanna Vaughn got off to a bad start.
Born in a California state women’s rehabilitation prison to a drug-addicted mother and assigned to the state foster care system as a toddler, her destiny must have seemed preordained. Books with first chapters like hers usually don’t end well.
For a time, the arc of her young life had a hopeful trajectory. Her foster care experience in Bakersfield was fulfilling and positive, thanks mostly to her foster father, retired Bakersfield police officer Albert Phillips. She called him her hero; still does.