The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Division of Family and Children Services dismissed a report last year that Emani Moss had been beaten with a belt. It did not send caseworkers to interview the girl, examine her injuries or question her parents.
Agency officials concluded the beatings were corporal punishment and ended the case despite four previous maltreatment investigations involving the child.
Emani’s death and a separate fatality involving a 12-year-old boy have prompted DFCS to re-examine hundreds of cases that were closed with little or no investigation.
DFCS Director Sharon Hill said her goal is to make sure such an incident doesn’t happen again.