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Former social worker calls on changes to the child care system

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BURLINGTON, Vt. - The stories of these murdered children are now well known. 2-year-old Dezirae Sheldon was killed in February. Her step-father is accused of crushing her head. Sheldon was returned to his home after her mother was convicted of abusing Sheldon.

And 15-month old Peighton Geraw died in April, just one hour after a child welfare worker visited his home. Geraw's mother is charged with second degree murder for slamming her son's head against the floor and killing him.  We've heard from the Commissioner of Vermont's Department for Children and Families, but we haven't heard from a social worker.

Cyrus Patten is a licensed social worker with experience in Vermont and Colorado.  He is not practicing now but in 2008 when he was in Colorado a case he investigated ended tragically.  21-day old Chad Munoz was killed by his father after Patten visited the family and examined the child.
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