Senate committee questions DHS on handling of Braman case
LANSING - Members of the Senate Family and Human Services Committee questioned officials from the Michigan Department of Human Services at a hearing Tuesday on the state’s handling of the Nicholas Braman case, said Sen. Mark Jansen, R-Gaines Township.
"We held this hearing to learn whether the law was adhered to by the department charged with protecting children," said Jansen, chair of the Senate Family and Human Services Committee.
The committee convened the hearing to look into the department’s response to the October 2007 death of Nicholas Braman. A recent DHS report concluded that more could and should have been done to protect the 9-year-old.
Oliver Braman, Nicholas’ father, had a documented history of violence. Nicholas’ two older brothers were removed from their father’s custody. Ultimately, Oliver pled guilty to second degree child abuse and was facing jail at the time he took Nicholas’ life.
"Hopefully this hearing will lead to a thorough review, action and implementation by DHS of its current and future policies in this case as well as an improved focus on child protection," Jansen said.
Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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