Child welfare system reforms outlined, 10 years after death

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio social worker says he’s less trusting of people now, a decade after a 3-year-old special needs child he was in charge of died when his foster parents bound him with tape and placed him in a tiny, hot closet.

Marcus Fiesel’s case worker, Joseph Beumer, spoke at an event Friday in Hamilton commemorating the boy’s death. Beumer says the killing has changed how he views people.

He says he asks more questions now, particularly of parents, and asks questions multiple times in different ways.

Butler County Children Services Director Bill Morrison says county workers now get a daily report about foster parents and other caregivers with all previous contact and criminal history.