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Resource ID: #17259
Subject: Children
Source: Detroit Free Press
Date: 2000-12-04



The Detroit Free Press tells the story of Ariana Swinson, a 2-year-old girl who was killed by her parents four months after they regained custody of Ariana and her two siblings from state authorities. The Free Press uses the narrative to illustrate problems in the Michigan child welfare system. "At least 22 Michigan children have died of abuse or neglect in the last three years after coming under the protection of the state's system." The Michigan Family Independence Agency won't reveal the identifies of these children or how the system may have failed them due to strict confidentiality laws. However, the Free Press obtained secret files about Ariana's case.

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