AUSTIN (KXAN) — Another priority laid out by Gov. Greg Abbott is the safety of Texas children, especially the safety of children involved with Child Protective Services. A new bill is moving through the state Legislature that would help children like Colton Turner. The 2-year-old was found dead in Southeast Austin last year. At that time, Child Protective Services had two open cases into his welfare.
The new legislation would allow Department of Public Safety troopers to pick up the child if CPS couldn’t find him or her. It also does away with jurisdiction issues.
Just a couple of weeks before Colton’s death, state Rep. Marsha Farney says officers spoke to Colton. She told us on State of Texas In-depth that they wish they had known he needed to be picked up.
“And the officers have said, and the sheriff has said, ‘We wish we had known. If we had known, we would have taken the child then.’ So law enforcement wants to have this done,” said Farney.
A hearing on the bill is still pending.
Texas child abuse and child health authorities are touting a plan to prevent child deaths stemming from abuse, while sleeping or being left in hot cars based on links that tie a child’s birth record with their demographic background. A new joint study between the Texas Department of Family Protective Services and population experts at the Department of State Health Services looked at nearly 700 child abuse and neglect-related deaths over three years between 2010 and 2012.