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Malik O'Neil's 21-year-old mom has been charged with premeditated murder for his death in Detroit.  The Free Press said she's charged with smothering him, stuffing him in a plastic bag and then placing him in a cabinet in a basement where other kids played.

This happens as Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has left the position of ombudsman for children in the state open for more than six months.  By law, it has the responsibility to investigate the state's involvement in the care of at-risk children.

Does Michigan's child protection system work? The ombudsman is charged with answering that question and others on a case-by-case basis.


Voices of concern need to be heard on this issue.  Maybe, the blogosphere can play a role in filling that void.

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