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The father of a murdered 8-year-old girl is now under arrest.

Cynthia and Todd
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Opening statements are set for Wednesday in the murder trial of Cynthia Baker of Normal, though several of the charges against her were dismissed just before jury selection began.

Keith Sommer speaks
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A Central Illinois lawmaker said he’s encouraged by first steps taken by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the its director’s pledge to “re-focus on safety.”

Rica and Ann
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The doctor who performed Rica Rountree’s autopsy started by counting the scars on her body.

Doris Houston
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A child welfare expert at Illinois State University said she’s encouraged by the latest attempts to better fund and reform the state’s troubled Department of Children and Family Services.

DCFS has been under intense public scrutiny this year following the high-profile deaths of several children in its orbit, including an 8-year-old girl from Normal.

An audit released Tuesday paints a damning picture of Illinois’ child-welfare agency.

Nearly 100 Illinois children who died within the last two years were involved with the state’s Department of Children and Family Services, according to a recent Inspector General report.

Tricia Danyus
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The state has cleared a 33-year-old Normal woman of child abuse allegations connected to her dispute with a child care center that spilled into public view on social media.