DCS had involvement before baby died

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — State officials have acknowledged that social workers with the Tennessee Department of Children's Services had been involved with a mother and infant before the 1-year-old died in November. The mother now stands accused of killing her child by endangerment and neglect. A spokeswoman for the agency said DCS had contact with the mother one time before the child died.

Police say the mother tested positive for drugs the day the child died.

The revelation, which was reported by the Daily News Journal , comes amid an uproar at DCS involving the deaths of children the agency was supposed to protect.

Several media outlets have filed a lawsuit to force the agency to release detailed records on 50 cases, including the deaths of 31 children that had been monitored by DCS.


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