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Report: DSHS didn't consult with authorities on Powell

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A panel reviewing the deaths of Josh Powell's two young children says state social workers did not consult with law enforcement before allowing Powell to host visits at his home.
MIKE BAKER
Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A panel reviewing the deaths of Josh Powell's two young children says state social workers did not consult with law enforcement before allowing Powell to host visits at his home.

A report released Thursday says the Department of Social and Health Services should "make concerted efforts" to check with detectives prior to making changes in parent-child contacts when there is an active investigation. Authorities had been investigating the 2009 disappearance of Powell's wife, Susan. During a supervised visit at his Washington state home earlier this year, Powell torched the house, killing himself and the two boys.

Powell had been locked in a custody dispute at the time of the killings. A judge had recently ordered him to undergo an intensive psycho-sexual evaluation.

The child fatality review committee also says social workers should immediately reassess visitation policies whens someone is ordered to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation.

DSHS says the recommendations will help efforts to keep children safe.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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