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October 16, 2012

Police probe Texas agency in case where child died

ABILENE, Texas — Police are investigating the Texas child protection agency for its alleged mishandling of a case in which a 22-month-old girl died after her mother claimed her military husband's deployment overseas left her too stressed to care for their three children.

Abilene police Chief Stan Standridge says the department is investigating the local Child Protective Services office after a new supervisor closed the case six days before the child's death on Aug. 28.

Agency spokesman Patrick Crimmins says the mother's two other children are in foster care.

Crimmins says the supervisor didn't follow agency guidelines in closing the case. There was no required final visit and no one approved closing the case.

Standridge declined to say Monday what charge the department was investigating.

Abilene is about 185 miles west of Dallas.

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