AP: DSHS didn't consult with authorities on Powell

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -  A panel reviewing the deaths of Josh Powell's two young children said Thursday state social workers did not consult with law enforcement before allowing Powell to host visits at his home.  

 

A report released Thursday says the Department of Social and Health Services should "make concerted efforts" to check with detectives prior to making changes in parent-child contacts when there is an active investigation. Authorities had been investigating the 2009 disappearance of Powell's wife, Susan Cox-Powell.

 

During a supervised visit at his Washington state home earlier this year, Powell torched the house, killing himself and the two boys.  

 

On Thursday afternoon, two Seattle attorneys announced their intention to sue the state for negligence in the boy's deaths on behalf of Susan Cox-Powell, KIRO 7 news partner The News Tribune reported.

 

Powell had been locked in a custody dispute at the time of the killings. A judge had recently ordered him to undergo an intensive psycho-sexual evaluation.    The child fatality review committee also says social workers should immediately reassess visitation policies whens someone is ordered to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation.    

 

DSHS says the recommendations will help efforts to keep children safe.