SC Democratic senators: DSS leader should go

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Testimony about a 4-year-old Richland County boy who was beaten to death after being returned to his parents from foster care has prompted two Democratic senators to call for the ousting of the Department of Social Services' director.

Sen. Joel Lourie of Columbia says Director Lillian Koller needs to step down. Lourie is part of a Senate panel investigating the agency, which heard Wednesday from two county coroners and two former administrators.

After the meeting, a deputy director disputed allegations that an emphasis on meeting "wildly important goals" results in decisions that put numbers ahead of what's best for children. Jessica Hanak-Coulter says different decisions would be made today in Robert Guinyard Jr.'s case, but the agency is moving in the right direction.

Gov. Nikki Haley stands behind Koller's leadership.

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