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Sep 20, 2012 11:29 AM by Lauren Molenburg

Agency defends social workers in child's death

DENVER (AP) - Attorneys for the Denver Department of Human Services are defending two social workers who are being sued over the death of a 7-year-old boy who starved to death, rejecting accusations they could have prevented the boy's death.

According to the Denver Post, the city told a federal appeals court on Wednesday that Denver child-welfare services was not legally responsible for the boy's care because the man the boy was living with was not a certified foster parent.

Margaret Booker and Mary Peagle were supervising Chandler Grafner's case when he starved to death in the care of his mother's ex-boyfriend.

Court records say Chandler died after being locked in a closet without food or water in the home of Christina Grafner's ex-boyfriend, Jon Phillips, and his girlfriend, Sarah Berry.

Information from: The Denver Post
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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