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Manager testifies for social workers in Detroit boy's death

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A Michigan Children's Protective Services manager has testified that social workers charged with manslaughter and child abuse in the death of a 3-year-old Detroit boy weren't negligent in their duties.

The Detroit News reports Colin Parks testified at a Tuesday hearing to determine if employees Elaina Brown and Kelly Williams go to trial. The social workers were charged in the child's death, a rare but not unprecedented move.

His mother, Deanna Minor, was charged with murder after the boy's decomposing body was found in their apartment while she was in a hospital psychiatric unit. But a judge found her incompetent to stand trial.

Prosecutors allege Brown and Williams didn't provide a safety plan or ask for a police safety check, and failed to file a juvenile court petition.

Testimony continues Jan. 4.

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