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Coxes to speak at CPS-related press conference in Olympia

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 23, 2012 at 4:46 am with 4 Comments »
February 22, 2012 12:54 pm

The maternal grandparents of two boys killed earlier this month in a devastating house fire ignited by their father will be in Olympia today for a meeting on Child Protective Services.

Chuck and Judy Cox are scheduled to take part in a press conference with Sen. Pam Roach (R-Auburn). Afterward, there will be a public meeting to “explore the serious problems with Child Protective Services and offer solutions to actions that may cause children harm,” according to a press release from Roach’s office.

The Coxes’ grandsons – 7-year-old Charlie and 5-year-old Braden Powell – were killed Feb. 5 during a scheduled, supervised visit with their father, Josh Powell. Investigators have said Josh Powell hit his sons with a hatchet, then intentionally lit his Graham-area rental home on fire. All three were killed in an explosive blast.

The boys were under the supervision of Child Protective Services at the time. Powell lost custody of his sons in September after his father was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. Powell and his sons had been living with the father at the time.

Josh Powell also was the only person of interest named in his wife’s 2009 mysterious disappearance from the family’s Utah home. Susan Powell remains missing and Utah police are treating her case as a homicide investigation.

Charlie and Braden Powell had been living with Chuck and Judy Cox and had regularly scheduled, supervised visits with their father.

The press conference and hearing are scheduled from noon to 1:25 p.m. in Senate Hearing Room 4 inside the Cherberg Building in Olympia.

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. parenting classes do not cure these mentally ill parents.judges need better education on how to handle these cases.they allow these kids to stay ovrnight with these parents without follow up until something happens to the kids. Judges & lawyers should not be making these decisions. We need a team of mental health experts.

  2. hansgruber says:

    I smell a lawsuit!

  3. WonTonsInMySoup says:

    A lawsuit would do the opposite of what the Coxes claim they want from the state. It is not the state’s fault that Susan fell in love with this monster.

    CPS and the State did nothing wrong. There was very little the state could have done to prevent those boy’s deaths. CPS is damned if they do, damned if they don’t. To anybody who criticizes CPS and the caring people who work there (as well as other social workers in this state), I urge you to educate yourselves on what it means to be a social worker. If you haven’t walked in their shoes, don’t pretend that you know what its like.

  4. Lots of people have experienced having CPS shoes walk on them, so what is your point? The Coxes have a hotshot tort attorney (and that is a compliment to Ms. Bremner) so whatever they might be entitled to get, I’m sure they will get.

    Unfortunately, I see this dog-and-pony show as a slick method of making DSHS/CPS and/or other government agencies appear negligent so that a cash settlement is more likely than a jury trial.

    It also borders on evidence tampering and witness tampering. Where is Rob McKenna on this? Oh, that’s right – he’s busy campaigning.

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