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N.C. Officials Say No Abuse Found Before Boy's Death

North Carolina child welfare officials say a five-week investigation failed to find evidence of child abuse in the case of a little boy who police say was killed by his mother and stepfather.

The Cleveland County Social Services Department released an eight-page report Friday showing that the agency investigated Jeremiah Swafford's family before the 2-year-old boy died of a head injury on Valentine's Day.

Relatives had alleged the boy was abused including with a stun gun.

But the agency report says social workers, doctors and deputies could not find evidence to support the claims.

The boy's grandmother, Kathy Jean Swafford, told The Charlotte Observer the agency failed Jeremiah.

The boy's mother and stepfather are charged with felony child abuse and murder.


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