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Investigation Of Texas Foster Girl’s Death Reopened

AUSTIN (December 15, 2013) Authorities in Texas are reopening the investigation of the death of a 1-year-old girl in foster care after an inspector general decided the probe was inadequate and didn't address unanswered questions.

The Austin American-Statesman reported that the head of the Health and Human Services Commission's Office of Inspector General ordered his staff to re-examine the October death of Orion Hamilton.

Orion died after police say a man at the home crushed the baby's head between his knee and the floor.

In November a state investigator determined that Child Protective Services hadn't made mistakes, but, the newspaper has reported two aspects of the case unexplored by the inspector general's initial investigation.

Commission spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman told the paper the initial review wasn't sufficiently thorough.

Meanwhile, John Specia, head of the Department of Family and Protective Services, told the Dallas Morning News that better worker training is needed to ferret out deceptive caregivers.

The paper reported Sunday that in at least four recent deaths of young children, Child Protective Services.caseworkers didn't push hard enough to find out the truth about the kids' circumstances.

Specia told the newspaper that workers need to be trained to be able to see through lies about relationships inside foster homes, the home's actual occupants and whether there is ongoing abuse.

Specia says women who are abused are sometimes "really good liars."


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