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Iowa Senate News Release
State Senator Matt McCoy: (515) 681-9327
For Immediate Release: February 22, 2017
Malayia Knapp speaks to Government Oversight Committee Members this Monday, February 27
(Des Moines) Iowa children are falling through the cracks and government policies may be part of the problem, according to members of the House and Senate Government Oversight Committee.
Natalie Finn is a 16-year old Des Moines girl who died after she was tortured and starved by her parents. Malayia Knapp, another Des Moines resident, was beaten, starved, and imprisoned by her adoptive parents.
These cases are among those raising concerns of systematic failures in the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) and shortcomings in Iowa law. In response, Senator Matt McCoy of Des Moines, Ranking Member of Senate Government Oversight Committee, and Representative Abby Finkenauer, Ranking Member of House Government Oversight Committee, will convene a joint meeting on these issues at 10 AM on Monday, February 27, in Room 116 of the Iowa State Capitol.
Malayia Knapp will discuss her experiences with legislators at the meeting.
“As a state, Iowa failed to protect Natalie and Malayia,” said McCoy. “Is DHS doing enough for children at risk of abuse? Iowa no longer requires homeschooled children to have any contact with schools or public agencies. Did that change in Iowa law contribute to these tragedies? We need to find out the facts and take action better protect the children of our state.”
All legislators have been invited to attend. The meeting will be open to the public and will be live-streamed on the Facebook page of the Iowa Senate Democrats.