Social workers accused of ignoring calls about girl locked in basement
Sheila McLaughlin reports:
Butler County Commissioners on Thursday appointed a new leader to manage the children services agency after social workers were accused of ignoring calls that a 12-year-old Middletown girl was being locked in a basement.
Jerome Kearns, who is director of the county’s department of job and family services, also will head the children services agency.
Children Services Director Jeff Centers has been on paid leave since Monday when commissioners said a reorganization of the agency was critical in the wake of the case involving the 12-year-old girl. Commissioner Cindy Carpenter indicated that Centers is expected to leave the county and a separation agreement is in the works.
Commissioners on Thursday also approved a three-day suspension of Julie Gilbert, an intake supervisor at children services, who ignored an earlier complaint regarding the 12 -year-old a month before an investigator found the girl in the basement following an anonymous tip on July 3.