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By Randy Ellis Published: September 7, 2007
Four days before a 23-month-old Oklahoma City girl was beaten to death, a state child welfare worker visited her home but found no significant problems, according to a Department of Human Services report released Thursday.

Olivia Scroggins died Aug. 20 from alleged abuse, just four days after her grandmother said she called DHS because she suspected the girl was in danger of being hurt.

Olivia is one of several Oklahoma children who have died in recent months after state child welfare officials were called and asked to intervene for their protection.

Kerry Joe Smith, the boyfriend of Olivia's mother, was charged with first-degree murder and sexual abuse after police said the 21-year-old Oklahoma City man confessed to physically abusing and molesting Olivia and her 9-month-old brother. Olivia's mother, Wendy Scroggins, 22, of Oklahoma City was charged with permitting child abuse.

In a written report released Thursday, DHS said about 10:30 a.m. Aug. 16, the agency received a report that Olivia "previously had a black swollen eye and a round red bite mark on her cheek.”

The caller said Scroggins appeared to be doing drugs and that Olivia screamed when her mother came to pick her up.

About 2:30 p.m. that same day, a child welfare supervisor attempted to visit Olivia's home, but turned around after observing a dog near the door of the house. The supervisor couldn't tell whether the dog was chained and couldn't get anyone to come to the door, the report said. DHS Letter: Olivia Scroggins' death

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