Not protected: These 19 children died after welfare agencies returned them to their birth parents

1:50 p.m Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 Homepage

Child welfare agencies in Ohio have long sought to reunite children with their biological parents whenever possible. While officials say the safety of the child is always paramount, they also say they must act on known facts and not suspicion while following laws that protect parents’ rights. 

A months-long investigation by this news organization found Ohio’s system often fails to protect children, with some suffering painful deaths just weeks or even days after being reunited with their birth parents. 

Below are the stories of 19 such children who died between 2009 and 2016.

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