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DHS: No reports of abuse prior to Oklahoma child's beating death

By Laura Summers - Tulsa World Published: December 23, 2010
BARTLESVILLE — There were no warning signs of abuse for Washington County’s child welfare workers prior to the death this month of a 3-year-old Bartlesville boy who allegedly died of blunt trauma.

A report released this week by Oklahoma Department of Human Services on the death of Christian Norris shows child welfare officials did not receive any calls complaining of possible abuse or neglect involving the child prior to his death Dec. 7.

Joshua Robert Benton, 22, is being held without bond on a charge of first-degree murder involving a child in the death of the toddler.

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