Times Watchdog

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‘Everyone failed him’: Boy’s aunt accused of murder, DSHS accused of ‘critical errors’

Gary Blanton (officially Gary Blanton III).
Credit: Courtesy of Tammy Johnson

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?

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