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Failed to Death: Kayla Dutcher

6:27 PM, Nov 11, 2012   |    comments
Kayla Dutcher
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Age: 5 yrs.
Born: Jan 19, 2002
Died: Oct 7, 2007
Location: Colorado Springs
Suspect in death: Amy and James Dutcher, parents

An investigation by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office resulted in no criminal charges. Kayla's father, James, told deputies that he lost the lock to his pill bag a couple of days before the child's death. Her mother, Amy, told deputies that her son reported seeing Kayla picking up a loose pill off the floor and eating it.

The family had been referred to child welfare caseworkers nearly a month before Kayla's death with an accusation that the family had no hot water or gas to cook food in their motor home. The children also allegedly were not attending school.

The referral never was assessed and never was documented in the state's database that tracks child-abuse and -neglect allegations when it should have been documented, a state review of the death found. The referral never was assessed and only was documented in the state's database that tracks allegations of child abuse and neglect after Kayla died, a state review of the death found. The delay was a violation of state policy.

The family instead was forwarded to a program that provides services to help families become financially self-sufficient and to help keep families intact. The father declined those services five days before Kayla died, according to the fatality review stated.

Read the Fatality Review

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