State punishes foster agency in death of baby

December 19, 2013 4:30:32 PM PST
The state has ordered a foster care agency that oversaw a home in which an 11-month-old was killed to stop taking children into its Austin-area program.

The Austin American-Statesman reports state officials said Thursday that Lutheran Social Services of the South knew that a man with a history of drug, alcohol and domestic abuse regularly visited the Cedar Park home where the child was living, but failed to keep him away.

Police say that in October, Jacob Salas crushed the head of Orion Hamilton between his knee and the floor. Salas is in the Williamson County jail on felony child abuse charges.

Kurt Senske, CEO of the foster agency, says in a statement they'll cooperate with the state and will meet with state officials to discuss concerns.

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