Toddler beaten to death

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) – Pretrial motions are set for next week in Hagerstown for a man charged with beating his 3-year-old daughter to death.
Hagerstown police say Scott Patterson killed Madyson King on October 25 after she knocked over a bucket of mop water. Investigators believe Patterson had been smoking marijuana.
In the eight months before Madyson's death, the local social services agency initiated four investigations into suspicions of child abuse or neglect. One of the probes found evidence of neglect and Madyson moved from her mother and stepfather's home to live with Patterson, her natural father.
Washington County social services officials have defended the way the case was handled. The state says the local office appears to have done its best.