Gary Blanton had lost both of his parents by the time he started kindergarten in 2014. He and two siblings were removed from foster homes and sent to live with an aunt near Spokane.  (Courtesy of Tammy Johnson)
Gary Blanton lost both of his parents by the time he started kindergarten in 2014. (Courtesy of Tammy Johnson)
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‘Everyone failed him’: Boy’s aunt accused of murder, DSHS accused of ‘critical errors’

Five-year-old Gary Blanton died in the care of an aunt struggling with six kids in a “chaotic” home. Why did the state keep him there? The case — with accusations of murder, falsified documents and “critical errors” by DSHS — shows what a new state agency for kids is up against.

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