HOUSTON (AP) - Additional steps will be taken by Child
Protective Services in cases where alleged abuse victims have
sexually transmitted diseases.
CPS spokesman Patrick Crimmins in Austin says the
recommendations will be given to all caseworkers.
The Houston Chronicle reports the more aggressive procedures
come after a 4-year-old Spring girl died June 27. Autopsy results
indicated Emma Thompson suffered blunt force trauma, plus she had a
sexually transmitted disease.
A pediatrician in early June contacted CPS after suspecting
blisters on the girl were genital herpes. Testing found the doctor
was correct, but the child was not removed from the home because a
physical exam found no evidence of sexual abuse.
The girl's mother and the woman's boyfriend have been charged
with felony injury to a child over the alleged fatal beating.
Information from: Houston Chronicle,
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