New Task Force Will Investigate Powell Deaths

Feb 23, 2012

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It’s been two weeks since Josh Powell allegedly killed himself and his two children in a house fire near Graham, Washington. A new task force announced Thursday will investigate the deaths. Meanwhile, the grandparents of the two Powell boys are pushing for changes in Child Protective Services.

It’s standard practice in Washington that a Fatality Review Team investigates when a child dies because of suspected abuse or neglect. Its members include police officers, attorneys and legislators among others. They’ll review the case and report any problems. The grandmother of the Powell children, Judy Cox said in a press conference that she’s frustrated with the child protection system. She remembers the day of the murder, the boys didn’t want to see their father, so she almost lied and called them in sick.

Judy Cox: “And we have, all along, voiced many times that we felt something was going to happen. But I knew I had to follow the law because that’s the right thing to do.”

She and her husband Chuck are working with Republican state Senator Pam Roach to introduce changes at Child Protective Services. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the task force expects the report to be done before a six-month deadline.

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