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Jan 3, 2011 6:50 PM by Greg Boyce

Baby starves at homeless shelter

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Two family caseworkers have been suspended after a 2-month-old boy starved to death at a Philadelphia homeless shelter.

Police have charged 32-year-old Tanya Williams with murder in the Dec. 23 death of her son. They also are exploring possible criminal charges against others.
Homicide Sgt. Tim Cooney says Quasir Alexander weighed less when he died than he did at birth. The boy's twin was also malnourished and treated at a hospital.  Cooney says Williams had been living at the Traveler's Aid Shelter since September.  Lutheran Children and Family Service confirms it had a city
contract to help the family with parenting skills and other services.  Executive director Richard Gitlen tells The Associated Press that two caseworkers have been suspended amid an internal investigation.

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