Mark Ridley-Thomas

L.A. County supervisors call for study of child risk assessment tool after boy is found dead in closet

L.A. County supervisors call for study of child risk assessment tool after boy is found dead in closet

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday called for the study and reassessment of county tools meant to measure children’s risk of abuse in response to the death last month of an 11-year-old boy found in a closet.

The supervisors unanimously passed the motion by Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Mark Ridley-Thomas that calls for the county’s Office of Child Protection and the Department of Children and Family Services to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a computerized program called Structured Decision Making, or SDM. The tool, which uses a list of...

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