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COMMENTARY

We should not just accept deaths like Sabrina’s and Natalie’s

BY: - September 15, 2020

Twenty years ago, when the death of 2-year-old Shelby Duis outraged Iowans, I was confident the Spirit Lake tragedy would soon bring change to our state. I probably was naive. In 2016, when Natalie Finn, 16, was found near death in a middle-class neighborhood in West Des Moines, I was confident that tragedy would bring […]

Reynolds defends DHS’ efforts to protect Iowa children

BY: - September 10, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday she’s not sure why the state committee tasked with reviewing child deaths in Iowa hasn’t convened in 20 years. In 2000, Iowa legislators authorized the state medical examiner to convene a Child Fatality Review Committee to investigate child deaths in Iowa with the goal of determining whether the Iowa […]

Report: DHS discouraged complaints, then failed to investigate Sabrina Ray’s death

BY: - September 8, 2020

The Iowa Office of Ombudsman says the state agency tasked with protecting Iowa’s children wrongly rejected child-abuse reports in the months leading up to the starvation death of 16-year-old Sabrina Ray, and then failed to conduct an internal review of its own actions. The newly published 146-page report also takes DHS to task for having […]

Ombudsman: Natalie Finn’s death followed ‘a tragedy of errors’ by state agency

BY: - February 17, 2020

The death of teenager Natalie Finn followed a series of errors and missed opportunities within Iowa’s child-protection system, according to the state Office of Ombudsman. The office on Monday released a long-awaited, 160-page report detailing its investigation into the manner in which the Iowa Department of Human Services handled child-abuse reports pertaining to 16-year-old Natalie […]