Colorado

Apr 20, 2010 11:32 PM by News First 5

Changes at DHS

A disturbing recording from a baby monitor.

"That recording apparently wasn't shared with anyone outside the individual case workers," said Rick Bengtsson, Director of the El Paso County Department of Health.

Bengtsson was not in charge when 2-year-old Alize Vick died in 2007.   She was in the care of Jules Cuneo, a foster parent who told investigators she threw the child across a room.  The case prompted several changes at DHS.

"One of the things we learned is that people have to use a team approach," he said.  "They do have to share information with their supervisors, managers, with the other agencies that are closely involved."

Information, like audio and video recordings are now shared more readily. They also added a case worker to the group that investigates abuse and neglect, and incident reports are now reported within 24 hours.

"What we can do is learn from those mistakes that were made and not let it happen again," he said.

Cuneo was sent to jail for 32 years.

 

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