2 Cobb County DFCS workers fired over boy's death

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News has learned that two Cobb County Division of Family and Children Services employees have been fired over the death case of a 12-year-old boy.

The two supervisors were fired in the fall out of the Eric Forbes case. Neta Bailey and Christina Brooks were identified as the two employees.

Bailey was the Social Services Administrator and Brooks was the Child Protective Services Supervisor.

Authorities said his father beat the boy to death in October.

Shayaa Forbes, 32, was charged with with felony murder and an additional count of child cruelty.

Records show DFACs investigated several reports from Cobb County school officials that Forbes was being abused in 2012.

Police said the boy had multiple bruises, bite marks, lacerations and other marks that are consistent with a history of abuse when they discovered his body.

Investigators told Channel 2's Aaron Diamant that corporal punishment was a "regular part of the disciplinary process" for the boy.

We’re working to get a statement from the agency on exactly what roll the two fired supervisors played in the Forbes case.

Governor Deal’s office said the state budget will allocate $27 million over three years to hire 425 DFCS employees.  Starting July 1, the state will hire 146 DFCS employees and 29 supervisors and the same numbers the following year.  The rest will be made up in year three.

The governor’s office said the moves are not in response to the recent deaths, but had been in the works for some time since this is the first year in a long time that the state is facing sweeping budget cuts.

Watch Channel 2 Action News for updates on this developing story.


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