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Resource ID: #17160
Subject: Children
Source: Register (Des Moines, Iowa)
Date: August 27, 2000



Register reporters found a case of continual physical and sexual abuse that ultimately killed a two year old girl. Medical reports revealed injuries, child-care workers repeatedly called state child-abuse investigators and the mother was investigated seven times for child abuse, but the Iowa Department of Human Services dropped all the allegations. It was only after the young girl died did investigators and the state realize that everything was confirmable. "This report lead to the governor and the Iowa Department of Human Services director announcing a new policy for child-abuse investigators: when in doubt, take them out." Lawmakers and state officials are promising to implement more changes to protect children throughout 2001.

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