Neighbors of an 8-year-old Kalispell-area girl who died in a motor home fire say the Flathead County sheriff's office and child protective services didn't act on numerous reports alleging drug use and child neglect in the months before the fire.
Child protection advocate Cheryl Hodges says she and about a dozen neighbors who made complaints plan to meet with the county prosecutor on Tuesday. Hodges says neighbors would like to see the Division of Child and Family Services held accountable for its inaction prior to the Oct. 1 death of Autumn Hawk.
Members of the neighbors' group declined to comment ahead of their meeting with the county attorney.
Hodges has been calling for reform within DCFS since the 2010 deaths of her grandchildren. She reported suspicions that the children were being abused, but they were left in the home.
NBC Montana contacted the sheriff and prosecutor in Flathead County. We are waiting for their comments.