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Threats prompt DHS to add security guard

By Ann Weaver Published: November 18, 2005
CHANDLER Workers at the state Department of Human Services office in Chandler have received threats over the death of a 2-year-old Meeker girl, prompting state officials to hire security for the office, DHS spokesman George Johnson said Thursday.

Johnson said safety concerns are heightened by reports that a family member and others who knew Kelsey Smith-Briggs have been seen in the office's parking lot when they have no business to conduct at DHS and at times when staff is working after normal business hours.

Kelsey's care was under the supervision of DHS officials when she was returned to her mother, Raye Dawn Porter, in June. She had been removed from Porter's home in January when child welfare workers suspected abuse.

Kelsey's stepfather, Michael Lee Porter of Meeker, is facing a first degree murder charge in her Oct. 2 death.

Johnson declined to comment on the content of the threats.

Johnson said local law enforcement agencies are assisting with additional patrols of the building.

Johnson said Thursday state officials had contacted Oklahoma Goodwill Industries about providing a security guard.

While it's unusual for the DHS office at 2020 E First St.

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