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Texas foster girl's death raises questions

Published On: Aug 18 2013 03:22:36 PM CDT
Texas Flag news
AUSTIN, Texas -

(AP) - The death of a toddler that Central Texas police say came at the hands of her foster mother has raised questions about the screening and training that one of the state's largest child-placement agency gives foster parents.
    
Fifty-four-year-old Sherill Small is charged with capital murder in the last month's death of 2-year-old Alexandria Hill. Police say Alexandria's head had been smashed against the floor.
    
She was placed in Smith's Rockdale home by Texas Mentor, the state's No. 3 foster-care contractor.
    
Records show state licensing officials placed the contractor's Arlington office on a six-month evaluation in February after 114 deficiencies or violations were found at 56 foster homes in the previous two years.
    
Company officials have disputed some of the state's findings.