So­cial worker, boss charged in death of a 3-year-old

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

Pros­e­cu­tors on Mon­day took the rare step of charg­ing a so­cial worker and her boss with man­slaugh­ter and child abuse, al­leg­ing they ne­glected to do ev­ery­thing re­quired to pro­tect a 3-year-old Detroit boy who died.

Child Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices worker Elaina Brown and her su­per­vi­sor, Kelly Wil­liams, were ar­raigned on charges of in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter, sec­ond-de­gree child abuse and ne­glect in the death of Aaron Mi­nor.

Pros­e­cu­tors al­lege that after iden­ti­fy­ing Aaron as vul­ner­a­ble, Brown and Wil­liams failed to pro­vide a safety plan, ask po­lice to con­duct a safety check or file a ju­ve­nile court pe­ti­tion on Aaron’s be­half.

Deanna Kel­ley, the at­tor­ney rep­re­sent­ing Kelly Wil­liams, said Aaron’s death was “un­speak­able,” but ev­ery tragedy isn’t “the re­sult of a crime.” Kel­ley added she doesn’t un­der­stand why pros­e­cu­tors would charge peo­ple “who have ded­i­cated their lives to help­ing and pro­tect­ing chil­dren.”

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