DHS worker charged in connection with death of Philadelphia toddler

A Philadelphia Department of Human Services worker is facing charges in connection to the death of a toddler who police say died from blunt force trauma while being cared for over the summer

Jendayi Mawusi, 25, surrendered to police on Monday and was charged with third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child. 

Mawusi's charges stem from the death of 3-year-old Hope Jones who investigators say died in early July while in the care of Kiana Casey. 

Casey was previously charged with third-degree murder, aggravated assault of a child, and endangering the welfare of a child. 

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A Philadelphia Medical Examiner later determined that the cause of Jones's death was blunt force trauma. The District Attorney's Office later described the deadly injuries inflicted on Jones as "extensive and disturbing." They also confirmed that Jones was placed with Casey because she knew the child's family in some way. 

A spokesperson for Philadelphia's Department of Human Services said Jones was in their custody, receiving kinship/foster care services. 

Authorities say Mawusi, a social worker contracted by the city Department of Human Services, was assigned to monitor Jones’ placement in Casey’s residence.

"This investigation is active and ongoing, and there may be additional developments in the coming days or weeks," Jane Roh from the District Attorney's Office told FOX 29 in an email.