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Caseworkers in torture toddler case quit

Andrea Bradley in court this week on charges related to her daughter's death. (FOX19 NOW file) Andrea Bradley in court this week on charges related to her daughter's death. (FOX19 NOW file)
Glen Bates at his arraignment earlier this week. (FOX19 NOW/file) Glen Bates at his arraignment earlier this week. (FOX19 NOW/file)
Glenara Bates (FOX19 NOW/file) Glenara Bates (FOX19 NOW/file)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Two child caseworkers with Hamilton County Job and Family Services overseeing the case of a 2-year-old girl authorities say was tortured by her parents before she died last month, have quit, the agency announced Thursday.

“Both workers assigned to the Glenara Bates case have submitted letters of resignation and resigned immediately," JFS Director Moira Weir said in a prepared statement. 

"We will continue with our internal investigation and an independent review of the case. Since this case continues to be subject to prosecution, we won't at this time comment further on the specifics of the case, investigation or personnel matter.”

The agency has admitted their policies and procedures failed in Glenara's case.

A spokeswoman for Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said his office is not investigating the workers, Kassi Setty and Shamara Stephens, for possible criminal charges.

Brian Gregg, a spokesperson for Hamilton County's Department of Jobs and Family services, confirmed reports that a case worker visited Glenara Bate's home weeks before her death.

Gregg says that a case worker reported adequate sleeping arrangements for the toddler. A detail disputed by prosecutors. 

Prosecutors are, however, seeking the death penalty should the toddler's parents be convicted on aggravated murder, felonious assault and other charges related to the toddler's March 29 death. 

Glenara's mother, Andrea Bradley, 28, and father, Glen Bates, 32, are accused of beating, starving and torturing her in their East Walnut Hills home.

The couple has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bond at the Hamilton County jail.

Their toddler only weighed 13 pounds when she died and slept in a bathtub filled with blood and feces, prosecutors have said.

Glenara had suffered bites bruises, belt whippings and broken teeth when Bradley took her to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The child was pronounced dead on arrival.

Bradley admitted to sewing up her daughter's severely cut little head.

The woman has extensive history with JFS, including multiple abuse allegations. She had custody of five of her children and was pregnant when Glenara died.

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