- Associated Press - Friday, March 2, 2018

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Republican Gov. Paul LePage says the state is investigating Maine’s child protection agency following the beating death of 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy.

LePage’s office said Friday that an independent panel will review the case and Maine’s health and human services agency is investigating whether staff followed protocol. His announcement comes as lawmakers called for a probe into Maine’s child protection agency over the case.

Julio and Sharon Carrillo, of Stockton Springs, are charged with murder in Kennedy’s death in their home. The Carrillos told police they’d beaten the girl for months and tried to paint her death as an accident.

Bangor Superintendent Betsy Webb told multiple news outlets that the district reported suspected abuse “on a number of occasions” to the state. Webb didn’t respond to a request for comment Friday.

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