(STATEHOUSE) - Natalie Finn died of starvation, Malayia Knapp escaped her abuse.
While Senator Matt McCoy continues to demand answers into what went wrong and what needs to change within the department of human services - harsh words are being exchanged between our state's top leaders.
Governor Branstad said in his weekly news conference, "I think it's terrible to play politics with the tragic death of a teenage girl. This is in the hands of the Polk County Attorney's office."
Senator McCoy said, "This is his [Branstad's] department. This is his mess. This is his cover up."
In an email response to local 5, DHS' communication liason, Amy McCoy, said
"To assert that there is some type of cover-up is absolutely inaccurate."
"We are working on responding to the senator's extensive list of additional questions"
She also said, "I am aware of no coaching or counseling of DHS employees not to speak to their legislators."