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Social Workers Faulted in Boys Death

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A panel in Washington reviewing the deaths of Josh Powell’s two young children says state social workers did not consult with law enforcement before allowing Powell to host visits at his home.

A report released Thursday says the Department of Social and Health Services should “make concerted efforts” to check with detectives before changing parent-child contacts when there’s an active investigation.

Authorities had been investigating the 2009 disappearance of Powell’s wife, Susan. During a supervised visit at his home earlier this year, Powell torched the house, killing himself and the two boys.

Powell was locked in a custody dispute at the time.

The child fatality review committee also says social workers should immediately reassess visitation policies when someone is ordered to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation, which Powell had.

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