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Mom's Boyfriend's Sick Secret Revealed, Baby Receives $1.5M Payout

In it’s simplest form, the concept of a department of Child Protective Services was put into place for the purpose of protecting children from potentially harmful environments. As complaints are lodged and red flags are raised by concerned parties, it’s the job of the CPS to go check things out and make sure a child is not in a dangerous or abusive situation. As KING shares, a CPS worker in the state of Washington was apparently really unclear on the job description, and the state is on the hook for a boatload of cash as a result.

The family of an abused child has sued the state after a CPS worker missed some large red flags while visiting the child’s home. The child was only seven-months-old at the time, and he was living with his mother and her boyfriend. CPS had received a report that the child had been punched in the face by the man while he was arguing with his mother, and that prompted a visit from a worker to check it out. And that’s about all the worker did.

The family’s attorney noted that the worker “did little with the baby other than to casually and briefly observe him in a crib. The social worker spent only a short amount of time at the apartment and then walked away, leaving the baby with the swollen face and head alone with the man police suspected to have punched him in the face. CPS’s primary duty should have been to protect the child. One of the express purposes of the CPS investigation at the apartment was to see the baby up close.”

The abuse continued. The child wound up in the hospital with multiple fractures and hemorrhaging. Thankfully, the boy was placed in the custody of his biological father, but the family pressed the issue with CPS. The state has decided to settle the case for $1.5 million.

“We believe this settlement provides the means for this child to get the care and recovery resources he needs to live a healthy life,” according to DSHS Children’s Administration Assistant Secretary Jennifer Strus.

Source: King 5
Photo: Mad Wold News

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