Records Show Warnings Before Fresno Boy's Death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A Fresno County supervisor is calling for
an independent review of Child Protective Services after a
10-year-old boy allegedly was beaten and stomped to death by his
mother's boyfriend.

Interviews and records show that Seth Ireland's father, Fresno
police and the Fresno Unified School District all told CPS about
suspected abuse and neglect. And just days before the Dec. 29
death, the suspect and the boy's mother, Rena Ireland, tried to
drop Seth off at jail, claiming they couldn't handle him.

32-year-old LeBaron Vaughn has been charged with murder.

Catherine Huerta, director of the Fresno County Children and
Family Services Department, which includes CPS, says the department
supports the decisions made by the social worker in this case. She
says she welcomes an independent review.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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