October 17, 2019
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Social worker who placed Kendall Chick in home where she was killed accused of negligence

Darren Fishell | BDN
Darren Fishell | BDN
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services offices on State Street in Augusta is seen in this December 2017 file photo.

Maine’s social worker licensure board revoked the license of a caseworker who placed a 4-year-old girl in a home where she was murdered.

The Portland Press Herald reports it has obtained an August decision from the state Board of Social Worker Licensure that concluded Heather Campbell “exhibited gross negligence, incompetence, or misconduct.” Campbell said she is being scapegoated for the death of the girl, Kendall Chick.

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The board’s decision said proper background checks would have turned up assault convictions on the record of Stephen Hood, Kendall’s paternal grandfather. That could have led the state to place Kendall somewhere else.

Hood’s fiance, Shawna Gatto, was convicted in April of murdering Kendall. Gatto was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

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Campbell told the Press Herald supervisors knew about Hood’s record and signed off anyway.

 



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