Records: 2 Suspended In Case Of Boy Later Charged In Killing

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – Records say two Children’s Protective Services workers failed to do their jobs properly in the case of a 12-year-old boy who later was accused in the fatal stabbing of a 9-year-old boy at a western Michigan playground.

According to our sister station WOOD-TV and The Grand Rapids Press obtained employment files and discipline records for the two Department of Human Services employees. The records show they were given five-day suspensions without pay and ordered to take additional training.

The reason for the discipline related to allegations of child abuse in 2013 was listed as “neglect of duty.” Details previously weren’t made public.

Michael Verkerke was killed in August at a playground in Kentwood. The Associated Press isn’t naming the 12-year-old because of his age. He’s awaiting a hearing on whether he’s competent for trial.

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