The Department of Human Services Director Marianne Udow admits mistakes were made in the handling of the Ricky Holland case. Udow answered questioned at a news conference Friday afternoon after the findings of an internal investigation were released.
The results of two investigations into Ricky's situation, before he was murdered, were released Friday. The Office of Children's Ombudsman and DHS both found fault with staff actions.
In the five years DHS was involved with the Holland's in Jackson and Ingham Counties, through foster care and adoption, four complaints were received and responded to by Jackson Child Protective Services workers. Five complaints were made in Ingham County, but after Ricky was reported missing in July of 2005. Udow said additional investigative steps should have been taken in one of the Jackson County complaints.
The internal investigation found all of the children in the Holland home received the proper services, but some services began later then they should have. In one instance, a critical service was stopped solely at the request of Lisa Holland.
In all, 23 DHS employees were involved in the Ricky Holland case. Disciplinary investigations were initiated on 10 of them, six of who were supervisors. Nine people have be reassigned to different roles not involving the safety of children. One person remains in a supervisory position and the investigations are ongoing.