Charlotte, NC -- Critics are questioning how social service agencies handled investigations of child abuse in the case of Zahra Baker, whose stepmother has been charged in the girl's death.
Kristie Pope founded The Zahra Project partly to get new laws passed based on the Australian girl's case. Pope says multiple reports of abuse in the Baker home should have sent up warning flags for investigators.
The Caldwell and Catawba county social service departments say investigators visited members of the Baker family seven times in 2010 in response to three complaints that Zahra was being mistreated.
None of those visits found evidence of mistreatment.
Elisa Baker was charged Monday with second-degree murder in the girl's death. Calls to her lawyers were not returned Tuesday.
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