Critics: Firings Only Start Cleanup at CA Child Protective Services

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Child Protective Services embroiled in one controversy after another

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by GINA LOUDON

Four California social services agency workers have been fired for their involvement in the case of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez, who, authorities allege, was beaten and killed by his mother and her boyfriend.

And three others, according to County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, were disciplined.

But activists contend there needs to be a lot more cleanup done at Child Protective Services, the agency that involves itself in the lives of children and families.

Authorities report Fernandez sustained a fractured skull, his ribs were broken, his skin was burned by cigarettes and BB pellets were lodged in his chest and his groin. His death was reported in May and the subsequent criminal case now is getting under way.

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