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Tortured 5-year-old case prompts action

June 24, 2008 8:27:46 AM PDT
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is calling for answers on Tuesday into the abuse of a 5-year-old boy after criticism over how the case was handled.Their mission on Tuesday is to come with ways to improve communication to prevent that kind of abuse from happening again.

The 5-year-old boy is still hospitalized with serious injuries, and the Board of Supervisors wants to make sure, something like this never happens again.

The boy's mother, Starkeisha Brown, and her girlfriend Krystal Mathews face a long list of charges including torture and child abuse. Police said the pair repeatedly abused the boy, burning him with cigarettes, including on his genitals, scarring his hand by placing it on a hot stove and forcing him to sit in his own feces and urine.

The Supervisors are calling for an investigation into why officials couldn't do more to protect the boy. His mother had numerous contact with welfare and law enforcement agencies, but no one stepped in to help the child.

Supervisors want to improve inter-agency communication, possibly with an automated system to share information among the departments.

According to a recent Grand Jury report, L.A.'s child welfare system is at risk, putting hundreds of kids at risk, and that is something the Supervisors want to fix.

 

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