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Minnesota looks at more child protection ideas


ST. PAUL — Minnesota legislators are poised to consider a second round of initiatives designed to prevent child abuse.

Lawmakers last year passed legislation reacting to the death of 4-year-old Eric Dean in 2013. He died after Pope County authorities received 15 reports that he may have been abused, prompting officials to find ways to prevent that from happening to others.

While the 2015 legislation clarifies that children's safety is the most important action officials can take after receiving abuse reports, the 2016 package includes further actions, such as ensuring that every county has around-the-clock child protection coverage and reviewing whether law enforcement officers should remove children from homes.


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