Social workers had visited home of killing suspect

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Agency struggles under the difficulties in determining child abuse.

In this Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 photo released by the Monterey County Weekly, Salinas Police Crime Scene Investigation technicians photograph evidence at a house in Salinas, Calif., recently lived in by a woman and teenage boy arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse, torture and mayhem. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California woman under investigation in the killing of two children was visited by county child welfare workers several times over the course of a year to check on complaints of neglect, an official said. Homicides detectives were investigating Tuesday after authorities found two children dead inside a commercial storage unit in Quincy, Calif., over 300 miles north of Salinas. (Nic Coury/Monterey County Weekly via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT FOR PAPER AND PHOTOGRAPHER.

Police in the Northern California city of Redding, where the bodies of a boy and a girl were found inside a storage unit, said Wednesday the children died somewhere else and that police in Salinas, where the children had lived until recently, will lead the investigation. That agency and police will investigate but sometimes have a hard time finding signs of abuse or neglect. “I’m completely shocked that anyone would murder an innocent life. There are two innocent lives that are lost,” said Elliott Robinson, Director of Monterey County Social and Employment Services. “There’s a person who has concern about supervision of the child or children, concern about health, their clothing, issues like lice might be coming up. But in most cases, we find that the children are well cared for, that they’re doing their homework, that their clothes are clean,” said Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillin.

There were four complaints between September 2014 and August about general neglect, a category that includes poor supervision, improper feeding, lice infestation and dirty household conditions, Robinson said, adding that none of the complaints alleged physical abuse. Two of the children at the home belonged to the woman, and the other three had been placed in her care by their incarcerated father after their mother died, Robinson said. Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood told the Sacramento Bee that some officials were so shaken by the abuse endured by the girl that they might have to take time off to recover. “When you see what has been done to a beautiful little 9-year-old girl .” the sheriff said before stopping to regain his composure. “Anyone not affected needs to get some help.” Plumas County authorities got a call from someone in Monterey County asking about the two younger children. Social services officials were reviewing the agency’s handling of the four neglect complaints. “We’re looking at the case to see if there’s anything we should have done differently that could have prevented this tragedy,” Robinson told the San Francisco Chronicle.

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