February 9, 2014
State records show that mistakes by Child Protective Services caseworkers contributed to the deaths of two children and the serious injury of another during the past year.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that investigations by the Office of the Inspector General document the cases. The investigatory body began regularly reviewing child fatalities for the first time in December 2012.
The newspaper obtained records from 95 child death cases that were reviewed by investigators. Of those, 71 indicated that CPS had been involved with the families before the child’s death. CPS was cleared of mistakes in all but two of the cases.