Colo. judge blames social services for boy's death

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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013 12:00 am

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado judge is blaming social workers for the death of a toddler beaten by his mother's boyfriend.

Judge Chris Melonakis (mel-on-AH'-kis) excoriated Adams County's human services department Thursday while sentencing the boyfriend, Donald Jean Scarlett, to 42 years in prison. He said the agency should be taken before a grand jury and that toddler Michael Harris was "failed to death" by authorities.

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