- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

ALVA, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Human Services received nearly a dozen reports of potential child neglect in the years before the death of a 17-year-old boy who was handicapped.

A state medical examiner found that pneumonia and infected bed sores contributed to the 2014 death of Kalib Smart.

Prosecutors charged his parents, Timothy and Twana Smart, with child neglect. A message seeking comment from their attorney was left by The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1TLr0PN ).

A state commission reviewed the reports about the Smart family, which dated from 2005 to 2014. The reports include Kalib being alone outside in his wheelchair for hours at a time and indicators that the family’s home was filthy.

A department spokeswoman says it has asked the Office of Client Advocacy to conduct an independent investigation into the family.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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