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Social worker's husband says wife is traumatized

GRAHAM, Washington (ABC 4 News) - The husband of the social worker who witnessed the explosion at Josh Powell's house said his wife is traumatized and called the incident a "life changing" event.
GRAHAM, Washington (ABC 4 News) - The husband of the social worker who witnessed the explosion at Josh Powell's house said his wife is traumatized and called the incident a "life changing" event.

Elizabeth Griffin-Hall was the court ordered supervisor responsible for monitoring Powell’s visit with his sons Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5. The boys ran into the home and Powell closed the door before Hall could get in Sunday afternoon.

Hall’s husband, Larry Benson, said she is not ready to talk publicly about the event. She dialed 911 before and during the explosion that took the lives of Powell and his sons.

"She is so traumatized and I think will be for many many days," Benson said at his home. "All I can do is support her in this."

Benson said his wife trembled when she explained what happened and has since had trouble sleeping.

He said he listened to the 911 tapes where Hall expressed her fear to the operator that the boys were in danger. He feels she did the best she could throughout the situation.

“She did handle things just as she should have done it and there was nothing she could have done to prevent what was happening,” Benson added.


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