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Children found dead in yard prompts agency to change policy

January 28, 2019 GMT

GUYTON, Ga. (AP) — The discovery of two children found dead and buried in their father’s backyard in Guyton, Georgia, has prompted a state agency to take historical reports of abuse more seriously.

State Division of Family and Children Services interim director Tom Rawlings said Friday that the agency accepts “shared responsibly” for not acting on signs that the children were endangered.

The bodies of Elwyn “JR” Crocker Jr. and his younger sister Mary were found last month. Mary disappeared in October, and Elwyn disappeared in 2016. Both were homeschooled, and their disappearances were never reported.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports DFCS declined to investigate a 2017 report that said Elwyn had been brutally beaten a year earlier. Rawlings says “dated” abuse reports should be taken more seriously, especially in cases where children are isolated.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com