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.