- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) - A state prosecutor has decided to assemble a special grand jury to investigate the workings of a social services department that allegedly ignored reports of child abuse and neglect.

The Roanoke Times reports (https://goo.gl/ubgOmu ) Rockbridge County Commonwealth’s Attorney Christopher Billias is assembling the grand jury.

Billias said he is troubled by a recent internal review by the Rockbridge social services department that found several problems with the agency, including evidence that a former Rockbridge Area Department of Social Services supervisor shredded reports before they could be investigated.

The reported cited the death of a 3-month-old girl who the department failed to help after she was identified as “high risk” living in an unfit home.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, https://www.roanoke.com

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