Sheheen Wants Investigation Into Haley's Office on DSS

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A day after The Department of Social Services added a new policy in light of the death of 5 month old Bryson Webb, two candidates for governor are calling for new action.

State senator and gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen (D-Kershaw County) wants an investigation into the governor's office and their handling of the senate subcommittee already looking in the battered child protection agency.

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Sheheen wants a special committee with subponea power to investigate Haley's office for what he calls "their efforts to derail the investigation in to children's deaths as a result of mismanagement at the Department."

He also said Governor Haley and her administration have "even used the power of the Governor's office to try to cover-up the problem through pressure and intimidation."

If approved, there would be two senate committees investigating issues surrounding DSS.

Right now, there's an investigation by a senate oversight committee into DSS policies and management.

Members of that committee have heard testimony since the beginning of the year, including testimony from State Director Lillian Koller last month. Koller was appointed by Haley.

"The difference between Governor Haley and Vincent Sheheen is that the governor is actually working to prevent the deaths of more innocent children, while Vincent Sheheen views them as his political props of the week," said Haley spokesman Doug Mayer Thursday.

Meantime, Tom Ervin, the Independant Republican challenging Haley, sent the Governor a letter calling for Koller to be removed.

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