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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 56.0° F  A Few Clouds
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Dane County up, Dane County down

UP: Dane County. A state review finds that county social service workers did absolutely nothing wrong when they placed Deshaunsay Sykes-Crowder with her aunt, Lynda Sykes, who had multiple criminal convictions for extreme violence, including three separate stabbings and one incident where she pistol-whipped a woman in a parking lot, then fired shots. County Human Services director Lynn Green notes that Sykes, now facing trial in Ohio, where she allegedly murdered the six-year-old girl, had only been criminally violent toward adults, not children.

DOWN: Dane County. The review does criticize the county for failing to follow up after Sykes left the state, didn't comply with the placement terms and was declared "unstable." Green denounces this as "Monday morning quarterbacking" and rips the state's call for altered procedures. Yeah, the last thing you want when a child is murdered by the violent felon you placed her with is to have to do anything different in the future.

Correction: In fact, guardianship was granted by a court, although Dane County supported the placement and had a role in overseeing it.

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