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8/6/2019 MEDIA ADVISORY: House Oversight Committee to review recommendations in report of the Child Fatality Review Panel
STATE HOUSE — The House Committee on Oversight is scheduled to meet Thursday to review recommendations in the June 2019 report of the Child Fatality Review Panel.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. in Room 101 on the first floor of the State House.

In June, the committee heard a review of the findings by Rhode Island Child Advocate Jennifer Griffith that DCYF staff had ignored several dangers facing eight special needs children who had been placed in the home of Michele Rothgeb of Warwick. One girl, Zha-Nae, 9, died in her custody. She was found lying face down naked in a bathtub by a rescue crew.

The Office of Child Advocate is tasked with the review of all fatalities or near fatalities involving abuse or neglect of children involved or recently involved with the Department of Children, Youth and Families. The House Oversight Committee began reviewing these fatalities two years ago when the child advocate issued a report detailing the deaths of four children in DCYF custody.

The House Oversight Committee is chaired by Rep. Patricia Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick). 

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903