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Lawyer: Wis. social workers missed abuse

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A lawyer for a man accused of failing to protect a Wisconsin foster child his wife tortured says social workers didn't notice anything wrong with the girl.

Two social workers scheduled to testify Wednesday in the trial of Reginald Keith did not raise alarms, a fact supporting Keith's contention he was unaware of what his mentally unstable wife was doing to the 2-year-old.

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"Reginald Keith did not have a clue what was going on," attorney Glenn Givens said during his opening statement Tuesday in Milwaukee.

The prosecution says there was no way Keith could not have known what was going on, despite Givens telling the jury his 27-year-old client had limited intellect and left the child-care duties to his wife Crystal. Keith is charged with neglect and failure to protect the child.

Crystal Keith was sentenced to 50 years in prison last summer for torturing the girl, who is identified in court documents as C.T., and beating her 13-month-old brother to death, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said.

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