November 13, 2013

2 fired from DFACS after child deaths


Associated Press

ATLANTA — Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services officials say two employees have been fired after the deaths of two children the agency was involved with.

Department spokeswoman Ashley Fielding said Wednesday that a social services administrator and a child protective services supervisor were terminated as the “result of an ongoing investigation into the agency’s handling of a child death in Paulding County.”

Fielding says one of the employees was involved in the case involving 12-year-old Eric Forbes, of Paulding County, whose father has been charged in his death. Fielding says that employee was also involved in a case involving 16-year-old Markea Berry, of Smyrna. Prosecutors have said Berry weighed 43 pounds after she was allegedly starved to death.    

Fielding says it’s unclear what cases the other employee was involved with.