A Family Services employee has been fired after a seven-year-old boy was beaten to death two days after the department received a call that the boy was being abused - but failed to act on it.
Roderick 'RJ' Arrington died on November 30 after he was allegedly brutally beaten by his stepfather, Markiece Palmer, 34, and mother, Dina Palmer, 27, at their home in Las Vegas.
Two days earlier, the couple had allegedly beaten the boy for lying about reading a bible verse and for failing to finish his homework, and staff at his school noticed he was unable to sit properly.
He told staff at Roundy Elementary he had been 'spanked' by his parents the night before; police said he was beaten with a paddle and whipped with a belt.
School officials followed protocol and immediately called the Family Services hotline to report the apparent abuse, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
But when no one from the department arrived at the school, RJ went home, where he was whipped and beaten by his parents. They called 911 and he died the following day.
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