Panel to release Okla. child abuse death report

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Updated: 4/04/2013 9:21 am Published: 4/04/2013 7:37 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A committee that has studied child abuse and neglect deaths in the state is scheduled to release its recommendations.

The panel will discuss its findings on Thursday at the offices of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

The group has spent the past 16 months reviewing cases in which children have died from abuse or neglect after DHS received complaints about treatment of the children.

The Oklahoma Legislature last year passed measures to overhaul DHS and reorganize the agency's child welfare division to make it more accountable. The state has also settled a federal class-action lawsuit filed in 2008 by a child advocacy group that alleged children in DHS care suffered physical abuse and neglect.

The case led to a five-year, $153 million plan to improve the agency.

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