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Monday, July 31, 2006

KS to probe handling of starved-girls case

Sebelius orders probe into deprivation case
WICHITA - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday ordered an investigation into what she called the state's failure to help two Wichita girls who police say were starved and tortured for months.
The statement doesn't detail what failures the governor wants investigated. But Wichita school Superintendent Winston Brooks told The Wichita Eagle last week that administrators at the girls' school notified the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services twice in the past year of concerns they had that the girls, aged 6 and 7, were being abused.
Police have charged their father, Alex A. Wood, 28, and stepmother, Jennifer L. Wood, 27, with two counts of felony child abuse, saying the girls suffered torture, beating and inhumane treatment for around 10 months. Jennifer Wood also was charged with aggravated battery.
Authorities say the two girls became emaciated after being denied food and water.

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