- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Senate has passed a bill seeking quicker intervention by the state in cases of suspected child abuse.

Senate Bill 5888 passed unanimously Thursday night and now heads to the House for consideration. The measure is known as “Aiden’s Act” and is named for Aiden Barnum, a Port Orchard child who is permanently disabled following abuse he suffered during infancy.

Under the measure, cases of suspected child abuse are immediately reviewed when a social worker decides not to remove a child if additional allegations of abuse are reported. If the review finds there were any errors in the case by employees of the Department of Social and Health Services, a formal employee investigation would occur.

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