The state Department of Social and Health Services announced today that it has assembled an 11-member team to review the deaths of Braden and Charlie Powell at the hands of their father, Josh Powell.
The team members are:
• Tacoma police detective Brad Graham
• Jake Fawcett of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
• Brett Ballew of the Office of Public Defense
• King Count deputy prosecutor Rich Anderson
• Dr. Richard Packard, a licensed psychologist and certified sex offender treatment provider
• Mary Meinig of the Office of Family and Children Ombudsman
• Kevin Krueger, DSHS chief risk officer
• King County Superior Court Judge Jim Doerty
• State Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville
• State Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup
• Natalie Green, deputy regional administrator for DSHS Children’s Administration, Region 2
The team will investigate the boys’ deaths “to evaluate the department’s delivery of services to the family, as well as the larger system response to the identified needs of the family,” DSHS reported in a news release.
“This review will inform us about systemic issues, and the practice and decision-making of all the professionals involved in the case,” said Denise Revels Robinson, assistant secretary for Children’s Administration.
The team will meet April 26-27 to conduct the review. The findings of the review will be published.