The Associated Press
HOUSTON (AP) - Additional steps will be taken by Child Protective Services in cases where alleged abuse victims have sexually transmitted diseases.
CPS spokesman Patrick Crimmins in Austin says the recommendations will be given to all caseworkers.
The Houston Chronicle reports the more aggressive procedures come after a 4-year-old Spring girl died June 27. Autopsy results indicated Emma Thompson suffered blunt force trauma, plus she had a sexually transmitted disease.
A pediatrician in early June contacted CPS after suspecting blisters on the girl were genital herpes. Testing found the doctor was correct, but the child was not removed from the home because a physical exam found no evidence of sexual abuse.
The girl's mother and the woman's boyfriend have been charged with felony injury to a child over the alleged fatal beating.
Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com