Report: Frederick Toddler’s Death Could Have Been Prevented

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    Frankie and Stephanie Williams

    A new report from the state of Maryland shows the death of a girl just weeks after her parents regained custody may have been prevented.

    Frankie and Stephanie Williams had consistent contact with social services for most of their daughter Anayah's life because of abuse allegations in 2012, according to the report. It also uncovers a Dec. 20 tip to social services reporting further abuse.

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    Still, the couple got permanent custody of their daughter in February. The state couldn't substantiate the December allegation.

    Anayah died three months later from internal injuries. Both parents are in jail, charged in her death.

    The Frederick County state's attorney says Anayah should not have been returned to them.

    "The bottom line is we know the abuse occurred in that household,” State’s Attorney Charlie Smith said. “There's been no change in that household and therefore why would you put a baby back in a household where you're convinced beyond doubt the abuse occurred with one of the household members?"

    According to the new report, Frankie Williams went to 12 sessions of therapy with social services. Stephanie Williams went to 25.

    There were also psychological evaluations, safety and family assessments, home visits, and parenting classes right up until Anayah's death.

    Ted Dallas, secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources, released a statement Friday saying his agency is trying to determine whether there are flaws in the state's system. They are reviewing the case.

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