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Review of Va. child's death calls for improvements

Friday - 7/20/2012, 2:24pm  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A review of a Virginia Beach foster child's death recommends better training and assessment of foster parents by the city's social services agency.

The city asked the Child Welfare League of America in March to conduct the independent review. The Virginian-Pilot ( http://bit.ly/O3b3mm) reports that the findings were released Friday morning.

According to the review, there wasn't a single action or decision that city social workers could have taken that would have saved 10-month-old Braxton Taylor's life. But it says the Virginia Beach Human Services Department should address foster parent training, workers' heavy caseloads and other issues.

The boy died in 2010 after his foster mother, Kathleen Ganiere, shook him. She is serving a 10-year sentence after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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