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Adair Charged After Deaths

Children Believed to Be Victims of Abuse

By THOMAS E. SEWARD Special to the Chronicle

Following several child deaths, a man is now facing charges by the state welfare department.

The Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth released two new child death review reports that, once again, raise questions about the competency of investigations conducted by some state child welfare workers.

In one case, an Oklahoma City woman has been charged with child abuse in connection with the Sept. 2014 death of Genshawn Cooper, the 2-year-old son of her boyfriend.

The alleged abuser, Kindell Adair, 34, had been investigated by a Department of Human Services worker just three weeks earlier for allegedly punching one of the boy’s older stepsiblings in the chest and spanking that child with a belt.

That was one of three child abuse complaints against Mr. Adair that DHS was asked to investigate before Genshawn Cooper’s death.

Mr. Adair is accused of causing the boy to suffer a skull fracture by “inflicting unreasonable force” to the back of the child’s head.

She reportedly told police investigators that the boy vomited while lying on an air mattress. She told police she yanked him out of

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