DFPS commissioner: ‘We failed Colton Turner’

The top public servant responsible for the safety of Texas children at risk for abuse and neglect admits the Texas Department of Family Protective Services failed 2-year-old Colton Turner. The candid admission comes days after a scathing internal review into how Child Protective Services handled abuse complaints leading up to the boy’s death. It resulted in the firing of three CPS workers, including a program director.

Colton’s tiny body was recovered from a shallow grave in Southeast Austin on Sept. 12, months after CPS received an abuse complaint in mid-June. No one from CPS responded until Aug. 28, when yet another allegation of abuse came in, the review revealed.

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