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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage has vowed to use executive orders to fix “major holes” in Maine’s child welfare system following the brutal beating death of a 10-year-old girl.

The Portland Press Herald reports that LePage mentioned replacing old computers and providing additional training to Child Protective Services employees as options. A spokeswoman says detailed recommendations will be released after an internal health department investigation is complete. She says LePage may also consider new legislation or changes to policy.

LePage has cited the death of Marissa Kennedy as evidence of the system’s flaws.

Kennedy died Feb. 25 in Stockton Springs. Police say her mother and stepfather beat her for several months and tried to make her death look like an accident. Both are charged with murder.


Information from: Portland Press Herald,