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Karly Sheehan was 3 when her mother's boyfriend tortured and killed the child in Corvallis, Ore., on June 3, 2005. How society and social services failed her and continues to do so with other children is the subject of a book by Eastern Oregon investigative reporter Karen Spears Zacharias.

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A case for constructive outrage

An Oregon writer explores the depths of child abuse and learns we all have a role in preventing it.

When I called Karen Spears Zacharias last week, I was at page 189 of "A Silence of Mockingbirds."

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