Wednesday, June 25 2014, 06:17 PM EDT
GA Governor Leads DFCS Shake-Up
Georgia Division of Family and Children Services investigators have been ordered employees to work at least eight hours of weekly overtime until backlogged child protective services investigations have been eliminated. State officials said Tuesday that more than 3,300 investigations are overdue.
The move is part of a broader plan to eliminate oversight after the high-profile deaths of children whose families had some involvement with Georgia DFCS.
NewsChannel 9 featured some of the high-profile cases including the story of Catoosa county two-year-old Saharah Weatherspoon. Weatherspoon was in the care of Clara Louise Edwards' care when she was hospitalized on December 29th. Life support systems were removed on New Year's day and Weatherspoon died.
Records obtained by NewsChannel 9 from the Georgia's Division of Family and Children's Services show the child suffered bruises and cerebral bleeding. After pressing DFCS officials for answers, Edwards' was finally arrested and charged with felony murder.