Could the death of Santa Maria 3-year-old in foster care have been prevented?

Jimena Martinez

June 12, 2009 /

The Santa Barbara County Civil Grand Jury looks into whether the death of a local child could have been prevented.

3-year-old Gilbert Dominguez was found dead in an apartment in Santa Maria last June. His foster mother and her boyfriend currently face murder charges.

In a recent report, the grand jury found social workers who placed Gilbert in the home made some errors in judgement. It adds that communication between social workers was inadequate.

But the jury says Child Welfare Services did not provide details from its own investigation.

So the jury says it could not confirm that social workers followed all procedures.

To see the complete grand jury report, click here.


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