child abuse

DHS Report Raises Questions About Child Protections

Mar 28, 2017
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An internal report by the Oregon Department of Human Services found a number of problems in the way the state investigates cases of child abuse. DHS reviewed about 100 cases in counties around the state. In nearly half of them, the reviewer did not agree with the case worker’s conclusion that the children were safe.

The case of an infant who nearly died from severe abuse has captured the attention of Washington lawmakers. The child’s adoptive parents testified Tuesday in favor a proposed law named in their son’s honor.

The state of Washington has agreed to pay a record amount to settle a case of child abuse and neglect.

The nearly $10 million settlement announced Friday involves five Clark County, Washington, siblings who were starved and beaten by their parents over several years.

The lawyer for the children described the case as a “living nightmare.” The four brothers and one sister were imprisoned, starved, and beaten bloody with a piece of lumber, according to the claim filed by the lawyer on behalf of the children.