Settlement OK’d for kids abused under foster care

first_imgThe Los Angeles County Claims Board on Monday recommended a $450,000 settlement for two children who were abused in foster care and rarely visited by social workers. The children, identified as Christian B., 11, and Jessica B., 12, were born suffering from cocaine and alcohol withdrawal and were placed in the Los Angeles home of their paternal aunt under the supervision of dependency court, Assistant County Counsel Roger Granbo wrote in board documents. In October 1995, their aunt notified the Department of Children and Family Services that she was moving to Sacramento County with the children, along with four of their siblings, Granbo wrote. The Sacramento County Department of Health & Human Services, which has also agreed to pay $450,000 to settle the lawsuit, agreed to supervise the children. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In June 1996, Christian and Jessica were removed from their aunt’s home after a “nightmarish list of abuses” were reported, wrote Los Angeles attorney Andrew Ritholz in the children’s lawsuit. “The aunt resorted to giving up cleaning and feeding the kids, hitting the children into submission until they bled, drugging the children so they would go to sleep and leaving them alone while she ran to Las Vegas,” Ritholz wrote. Due to the allegations, Sacramento County terminated courtesy supervision and the children were placed in a foster home in Los Angeles County, Granbo wrote. The aunt completed parenting classes and in September 1997, despite the refusal of Sacramento County to provide courtesy supervision, the children were returned to their aunt’s care, Granbo wrote. Between January and August of 1998, social workers visited the children, but after August 1998 no further visits occurred, Granbo wrote. In October 2000, Sacramento County substantiated allegations that the children had been reabused by their aunt, Granbo wrote. As a result, the children were returned to Los Angeles, where they have remained in foster care since. Their aunt was arrested and was convicted for endangering the life and health of a child, Granbo wrote. She served two years in prison. The Board of Supervisors will vote Nov. 29 whether to give final approval to the settlement. The county spent $217,654 on attorney’s fees and costs on the case. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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