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Jul 10, 2017

Dept. of Human Services Details Efforts to Help Troubled Family

As the island continues to reel over the death of Faye Lin, the Department of Human Services is coming under fire for a purported inaction in respect of complaint made against David and Anke Doehm. The department confirmed today that reports of what it calls improper supervision and inadequate parenting of the Cannon children of San Pedro Town date back to 2014 and that a case was opened which resulted in the parents being made to enter into a plan for proper supervision. The release states that, “the case was later closed when it was deemed that the parents had been compliant. Since then, the Department’s records show no other reports being made of neglect or abuse of these children.” With the death of the thirteen-year-old last week and the detention of the Doehms, the surviving siblings were taken into protective care and referred for therapeutic counselling. In addition to collaborating with San Pedro Police, the D.H.S. says it is currently conducting its own investigation into child abuse. The Ministry notes that it is mandatory for persons who work with children to report any known or suspected abuse or neglect to the Department of Human Services or Police Department.

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