Officials defend provider who placed teen in home where he died

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State officials say a private foster home provider has a very good record, despite placing a teenager in a home where he was killed.

Omni Visions is paid about $40 million annually by the state.

Children's Services Department Rob Johnson says the company is the department's largest provider, working statewide to place children in a network of 564 foster homes.

One of them was the home of Kenneth and Lisa Taylor in Hamblen County.

It was there that sheriff's officials say Kenneth Taylor fatally choked 16-year-old Jordan Kaleb Shelton last month after Taylor said he caught the boy smoking.

Taylor is charged with reckless homicide.

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Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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