Prosecutor says state failed to protect child who died

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A prosecutor says Indiana's child welfare system failed a three-year-old girl beaten to death four weeks after being returned to her birth mother.

Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi says he'll interview foster parents and state case workers to find out why.

He says foster parents of other children have contacted his office to complain that the state child welfare continues to place youngsters in danger.

An agency spokeswoman says they're cooperating with Brizzi's investigation.

TaJanay Bailey of Indianapolis died Tuesday of blunt force trauma. The girl's mother, Charity Bailey, and Bailey's boyfriend, Lawrence Green, made their first court appearances today on murder and neglect charges. A judge entered not guilty pleas for them.

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