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October 20, 2014

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Family Services worker fired in aftermath of Las Vegas child’s beating death

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Roderick "RJ" Arrington, a second grader at Roundy Elementary School, was allegedly beaten to death by his parents in late November 2012, according to Metro Police.

A Clark County Department of Family Services employee has been fired for policy violations in handling the child-abuse case of a 7-year-old boy who was beaten to death in November, officials said.

The Department of Family Services had received a call regarding the alleged abuse of Roderick “RJ” Arrington on Nov. 28, a DFS news release said Thursday.

The next day, the report was in the process of being investigated when, Metro Police allege, the boy’s mother and stepfather beat him to death for failing to read the Bible and do his homework.

Following his death, DFS conducted an internal review of its hotline polices and procedures to determine if they were appropriately followed, the new release said.

The department discovered some staff failed to apply the policies correctly, leading to the firing of one employee, the release said. The department did not identify the employee, and there was no indication as to what policies were violated.

A Child Death Review Team made up of law enforcement, DFS state partners, and the Clark County School District is also convening to learn from Arrington’s death, officials said.

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  1. How are public officials to be held accountable to the public if they don't disclose key disciplinary matters related to the public good?

    This is not some minor personal matter. We are talking about the welfare and well being of the community and those this agency is under a duty to protect.

    This is a public agency that is accountable to the public!

  2. From the article : "Following (RJ's) death, DFS conducted an internal review of its hotline polices"

    Like many government agencies, the Clark County Department of Family Services finally gets around to closing the barn doors long after the horses have escaped.

    An innocent child died a preventable, heinous, and gruesome death on the watch of the Clark County Department of Family Services. That is fact.

    What's the DFS' response to correct this horror-of-horrors?

    Surprise! - a single, lowly, anonymous government worker gets the shaft while the person or people responsible for writing, teaching, training, and overseeing the implementation of DFS policy (AKA "the Managers") are, apparently, still on the public payroll, free to make the same mistake again.

    RJ, that beautiful little boy, deserves much better.

  3. I understand that from a regulations standpoint, the school district did what was legally required, i.e. notifying Clark County Department of Family Services. My only question is, if this child's injuries warranted THIS call, and they did not respond to the school before he was released for the day, why didn't someone from the school call Metro to perhaps expedite the investigation and keep him from being released back into an abusive (and unfortunately what turned out to be a fatal) environment. RIP RJ. I'm sorry that you were let down, and returned to the people that did this to you.