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November 30, 2015

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Family Services worker fired in aftermath of Las Vegas child’s beating death

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Roderick "RJ" Arrington

A Clark County Department of Family Services employee has been fired for policy violations in handling the child-abuse case of a 7-year-old boy who was beaten to death in November, officials said.

The Department of Family Services had received a call regarding the alleged abuse of Roderick “RJ” Arrington on Nov. 28, a DFS news release said Thursday.

The next day, the report was in the process of being investigated when, Metro Police allege, the boy’s mother and stepfather beat him to death for failing to read the Bible and do his homework.

Following his death, DFS conducted an internal review of its hotline polices and procedures to determine if they were appropriately followed, the new release said.

The department discovered some staff failed to apply the policies correctly, leading to the firing of one employee, the release said. The department did not identify the employee, and there was no indication as to what policies were violated.

A Child Death Review Team made up of law enforcement, DFS state partners, and the Clark County School District is also convening to learn from Arrington’s death, officials said.

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