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SACRAMENTO–

Three weeks before Phillip Hernandez allegedly murdered his 9-year-old son Mathew with a Hatchet, CPS knew of Hernadez’s instability and was at the center of an investigation.

Back in March, Hernandez entered a Sacramento court room with what Sacramento sheriff’s deputies say were self-inflicted wounds.

Weeks prior, Hernandez was being investigated by CPS after the boys mother contacted them about Hernandez’s history of domestic violence and drug abuse.

“At the point in time in which the safety plan was developed, there were no current indications from information obtained from various parties that the father was unstable or was likely to direct violent behavior toward his children,” said Michelle Callejas, deputy director for CPS.

CPS allowed Hernandez to see his two children, but only when his 72-year-old grandmother who lived with them was present.

In February, police said Hernandez fought his grandmother and allegedly killed his son while he slept.

CPS said this was a “tragic case” and that they are always looking at ways to Strengthen their policies and procedures.