2 Muscogee DFCS employees back on the job

8:47 PM, Dec 6, 2013   |    comments
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(AP file)

ATLANTA -- Two DFCS employees accused of hiding reports of child abuse because they failed to investigate are back on the job.

This development comes as the Muscogee County District Attorney's office announces it's just weeks away from seeking felony indictments in the case.

The DA's office went to court this week asking the judge to bar the two from having any contact with the database used to keep track of abuse and to keep them from talking with an employee that might be called as a witness.

Last September, the GBI raided a DFCS office in Columbus and arrested office director Deborah Cobb and intake supervisor Phyllis Mitchell. The two had been on leave, but according to these court records, have been hired back, despite felony arrest warrants and an indictment pending.

DFCS says the two are not working in case management, nor are they working in the office under investigation. This is just one area in our DFCS investigation that we are keeping an eye on.

In the past month, we've heard a number of promises to better protect children. So we've created a notebook of sorts to keep track, and to hold those groups accountable.

We've put it online, so you can see what's happening too.

For instance, DFCS has taken disciplinary action in the death of Eric Forbes, firing two employees involved in the decisions that left him in harm's way.

But so far there's been no disciplinary action regarding the death of Emani Moss. Gov. Nathan Deal has also promised review panels, more money and lawmakers are starting to draft new legislation.

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