MONROE, Wash. (Metro) -- A state review of the suspicious overdose death of a seven-year-old Monroe boy shows social workers followed procedures to protect him, but they could have done more.
A fatality review obtained from the Department of Social and Health Services by heraldnet.com reveals social workers may have missed opportunities to intervene earlier.
The boy, known only as "A.J." was severely developmentally disabled.
His family had a history of parental neglect before January 30th, when the boy's father brought the dead boy into a Monroe hospital emergency room.
Tests revealed the child had lethal amounts of salicylates in his blood from aspirin, or other over-the-counter drugs.
The boy's body was cremated before an autopsy was done.
No charges have been filed.
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