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MICHIGAN SISTERS CHARGED WITH KILLING SOCIAL WORKER

MICHIGAN SISTERS CHARGED WITH KILLING SOCIAL WORKER

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Two sisters have been accused of killing a social worker who had arranged to have the older sister's children taken from their filthy home.

Josephine Verellen, 28, and Jacqueline Verellen, 22, cried Saturday as they were ordered held without bond on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Lisa Putman, 28.

Ms. Putman, who worked for Macomb County's Child Protective Services, went to the sisters' house Wednesday to explain how Josephine could get her children back, said Sheriff's Sgt. John Michalke.

Josephine's 7- and 8-year-old children had been placed in foster care because agents said her home in nearby Washington was unsafe and unsanitary.

Ms. Putman's car was found abandoned several miles from the sisters' house. Her body was found in a field in neighboring Oakland County. An autopsy showed she died of blunt force trauma and asphyxiation.

Michalke said the women admitted to police that Ms. Putman had been attacked.

The sisters were arrested Friday after one of them told authorities where to find Ms. Putman's body. Investigators declined to say which sister.

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