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Mother who lost infant calls for DSS reforms

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By MEG KINNARD
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The mother of an infant who died at an illegal in-home daycare wants South Carolina legislators to require social services workers to do more inspections of such facilities.

Kathryn Martin told a Senate panel Wednesday that her 3-month-old daughter suffocated last month at a Greenville daycare whose operator was caring for more than 20 children.

Pamela Wood was arrested earlier this month after authorities found a loaded gun, alcohol and cleaning products in areas children could have accessed. Wood faces charges including child neglect. She is not charged in the girl's death.

Martin told legislators she felt the facility would be safe because she found it on the Department of Social Services' website. She says she does not blame DSS for her daughter's death but says changes are needed.

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