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Kansas agency defends stance that preceded child’s death

April 21, 2014

— A Kansas prosecutor says one of his assistants made the right call in 2011 to not to pursue custody of an 18-month-old girl who died five months later from injuries and malnourishment.

The Wichita Eagle reports the state Department for Children and Families says it filed an affidavit Oct. 17, 2011, with the Butler County attorney’s office seeking custody of Jayla Haag.

An assistant prosecutor thought the state lacked evidence and declined to pursue custody. Butler County prosecutor Darrin Devinney says that was the right decision, based on information available at the time.

An autopsy report shows Jayla had “multiple contusions of the head, trunk and extremities,” and her six lower teeth had been forcibly removed.

Jayla’s father is suing DCF for failing to protect his daughter.

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