Tulare County in California has agreed to pay $32 million to a family after an infant boy suffered permanent brain damage.
When the baby was 10 months old, he was found unresponsive and hospitalized. He was placed on life support. After doctors took him off of life support, he survived, but with brain damage.
The boy's grandmother had been reporting to Child Welfare Services that her grandson was being abused, months before he was hospitalized. The young boy was severely malnourished and this resulted to significant brain damage.
The grandmother said she started to notice the neglect when he was just a couple months old. She filed complaints to Tulare County Child Welfare Services, but was ignored. It is alleged that the county tried to cover up the lack of response by forging documents and trying to intimidate the grandmother into dropping her case.
In addition to the financial settlement, the county has also agreed to implement policies and software that will help the agency to better track and follow-up on prior complaints of alleged child abuse. The grandmother said they are creating a law in her grandson's name, which, once written, she hopes will help prevent similar cases in the future. Nic Garcia "Tulare County settles $32 million child negligence case" https://abc30.com/tulare-county-child-welfare-services-brain-damage-abuse-allegations/12753074/ (Feb. 01, 2023).