SALT LAKE CITY — About 1,700 more pages of documents relating to Josh Powell and his two sons are expected to be released today by the Washington Department of Social and Health Services.
Two weeks ago, the department released about 1,000 pages of documents including case notes, visitation reports, examinations and intake referrals concerning Charlie Powell, 7, and Braden Powell, 5. The documents shed light on the disturbing and negative influences Josh Powell was having on his young children. They also outlined in detail pornographic computer-generated images Powell had on his computer.
Charlie and Braden were killed Feb. 5 by their father who struck the boys with a hatchet before dousing the inside of his house with gasoline and igniting a fireball. Josh Powell also died in the fire.
Since the murders, many have questioned whether enough was done by officials in Washington state to protect the boys and whether enough information was shared between law enforcement, welfare officials and the courts.
Last week, Chuck and Judy Cox, the grandparents of Charlie and Braden, spoke at a public hearing hosted by Washington state Sen. Pam Roach, who is calling for change in the way Child Protective Services and the Washington Department of Social and Health Services do business.
The Coxes believe that there were enough red flags — especially after Powell was ordered to undergo a psychosexual evaluation four days before he killed his sons — that he should not been allowed any type of visitation with the children.
The Department of Social and Health Services announced recently the people who were selected to serve on the Child Fatality Review Team for the Powell children. A review team is selected for every DSHS case that involves a death. The 12-member team includes attorneys, police, child welfare advocates, a psychologist and Washington state lawmakers.
The new documents are expected to have some of the same material as the previously released documents as well as some new information.
Updates will be posted after the documents are released.