Families kept in the dark about children’s safety in Colorado’s child welfare system

The Colorado Sun: When a child dies from abuse or neglect in Colorado, a team of experts reviews the disturbing details, seeking reforms that could make kids safer.

But when 12-year-old Timmy Montoya-Kloepfel was able to run away from a state-licensed residential child center, roam the streets alone in the dark, and then die from injuries he suffered as a car ran him over, there was no review. 

Timmy’s death, Denver child welfare officials determined, did not fit the state’s child fatality review criteria. What happened June 21 after Timmy ran away from Tennyson Center for Children was deemed the result of a vehicle accident or suicide — but not neglect.

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