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ABOUT THIS STORY |  In January 2008, Banita Jacks was charged with the murder of her four daughters. She told police that her daughters were "possessed by demons." Authorities said the girls, ages 5, 6, 11 and 17, could have been killed as early as May. Marshals found their bodies in Jacks' Southeast Washington rowhouse after serving her eviction papers.

Scribbling on a door in the house where Banita Jacks allegedly killed her four children. One of the phrases reads, 'Yes I do love mom.' (The Washington Post Photo.)

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Over the past few weeks, there have been a number of opinions expressed on this page regarding child welfare and child protection in the District [" Taking toys from foster kids won't fix D.C. child services ," Jan. 9; " Three years after Banita Jacks, has anything really changed? ," Jan. 2; "...

Fenty on Banita Jacks investigation

VIDEO | In a January 2008 press conference, Mayor Fenty discusses the case. Click the icon to watch.

Child welfare demands frank debate (Post, January 15, 2011; 12:59 AM)
Carl Foster Washington: Three years after Banita Jacks, has anything really changed? (Post, January 2, 2011)
Three years after Banita Jacks, how much has changed? (Post, January 1, 2011; 10:45 PM)
A family fractured, but unbroken: After a rocky past, a mother is determined to bring her children home for good (Post, September 5, 2010)
Progressive record decried as out of touch: Wells stands by his vision; challenger says he neglects key issues (Post, August 18, 2010)
3 D.C. homicide prosecutors step aside: Moves come 5 months after new U.S. attorney took reins at office (Post, July 21, 2010)
D.C. social workers with 'stellar' records remain mired in Jacks case (Post, June 25, 2010)
Child welfare's slow steps forward: Much work remains for D.C. agency, says federal court monitor (Post, May 27, 2010)
Judge: Fenty failed vulnerable kids: DUTY TO CHILDREN UNMET, JUDGE SAYS
Nickles to appeal in class-action case
(Post, April 6, 2010)
Judge on D.C.'s bid to end oversight: No way (, April 5, 2010; 3:19 PM)
Fenty's Achilles' heel isn't failure; it's arrogance (Post, February 2, 2010)
D.C. woman who killed 4 daughters is given 120-year sentence (Post, December 19, 2009)
Mother gets 120 years in deaths of 4 daughters (, December 18, 2009; 3:27 PM)
Foster-child project recasts picture of a family (By Petula Dvorak, October 20, 2009)
D.C. SUPERIOR COURT: Banita Jacks's Sentencing Stalls Over Her Mental State (Post, October 17, 2009)
A Job for the District (October 14, 2009)
Summer Is No Vacation for Abused Kids (By Petula Dvorak, August 25, 2009)
A '60s Tour With Few Takers Is Still a Rock-and-Roll High (Post, August 16, 2009)
A Shameful Lawsuit In the Jacks Murder Case (Post, August 1, 2009)

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