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A trifecta of failures puts kids at risk

Public child welfare agencies, professionals and parents are to blame

By Jill Riepenhoff, Megan Luther, and Lee Zurik | April 29, 2019 at 11:24 AM EDT - Updated May 22 at 3:43 PM

(InvestigateTV) - Semora Murrell was alarmed by the Facebook messages about her nephew.

“She would send him to the bathroom and make him sit for hours,” one message said.

Multiple people sent accounts to Murrell, Zayden’s aunt, that her 3-year-old nephew was being abused in his Minnesota foster home.

“She didn’t want to keep Zayden ‘cause she [couldn’t] handle him,” another person wrote.

But the concerned adults wrote the messages after the toddler was beaten so fiercely that the blows lacerated his organs. On June 7, 2017, he was found dead.

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