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2 state social workers face judge after death of toddler

Posted at 5:32 AM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 11:04:10-05

Two social workers charged in the death of a toddler were back in court this morning.

Aaron Minor, 3, was found decomposed in his apartment last spring - the child's mother was found in a mental hospital a day later.

The Wayne County Prosecutor says two social workers' lack of proper follow through cost a little boy his life.

Elaina L. Brown, 24, and Kelly M. Williams, 47, both of Wayne County, visited 3-year-old Aaron Minor's home and found that there was inadequate food in the house, according to a news release from the prosecutor's office.

After that, they are accused of ignoring ongoing reports that Deanna Minor was becoming more incapable of caring for her son due to her mental illness and that the child was becoming more at risk of being harmed.

The prosecutor says the social workers didn't follow up with the family properly and their gross negligent failure to perform their legal duty to protect the well-being and safety of the boy - cost his life.

Detroit police officers found the boy's decomposed remains May 25 at an apartment on Detroit's west side. An apartment maintenance man was drawn to the unit by a bad odor and had found the body, police previously reported.

A judge will hear evidence on the two social workers' cases next month.

The boy's mother Deanna minor could be charged at the end of November.