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State official: DHS broke law by not protecting Lawhorn

GRAND RAPIDS (WKZO) -- An internal investigation could be launched into why the state Department of Human Services didn't remove Jamarion Lawhorn from his home last year.

Lawhorn is facing murder charges for allegedly killing nine-year-old Connor Verkerke on a playground in Kentwood, but the 12-year-old suspect was repeatedly abused by his mother and stepfather according to Child Protective Services records. The Michigan Office of Children's Ombudsman says it appears the DHS broke state law by not removing Lawhorn and other children from the home in 2013 when case workers determined abuse was happening.