WINNIPEG - A Manitoba social worker says a girl who was taken from her family believed that black people should die and had been exposed to videos showing racial violence.

The social worker, who cannot be identified under provincial law, was the first witness at a custody battle over two children who were removed from their parental home last year.

Child welfare workers were called in after the girl showed up at school with white supremacist symbols and phrases written on her body.

The social worker told court that the girl had been taught that black people, Asians, Arabs and other minorities should die.

The worker also testified the girl knew the address of a skinhead website as well as two passwords apparently used by her parents.

The girl's stepfather is fighting to regain custody, saying he has a constitutional right to raise his children according to his beliefs.

The court hearing is scheduled to run all week and for another week at the end of June.

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