$1 Million lawsuit filed on behalf of beaten child; Illinois DCFS is named as defendant

September 24, 2010

Generally, government officials and employees have immunity from damages resulting from their negligence while discharging their duty.

In this case however, I can see an argument based on reckless disregard for the safety of the child be made so as to show that DCFS was so careless that their actions was no longer negligent but tantamount to a willful and wanton act. If the argument wins in Court, DCFS and the employee will be on the hook for the damages.

Every day I hear on the news how children have been abused by foster parents and somehow DCFS either knew about it, or had failed to properly investigate allegations of child abuse or some other such issue. It appears to me that DCFS is simply way too underfunded and is unable to meet its mandate.

The parents and grandparents of a Madison County boy and the state are named in a $1.05 million lawsuit filed on behalf of a young child allegedly beaten to death by his father.Matthew C. Wells, special administrator of the estate of Joseph M Schoolfield, filed the complaint Sept. 7 in Madison County Circuit Court. Named in the suit are Josephs mother, father, grandparents and the director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Erwin McEwen.

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  1. Romeo Rufenacht says:

    This was a really quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to write a good article…

  2. jim Barias says:

    Awesome share! Thank you very much 🙂

  3. Michael Evancho says:

    When we talk about such things we usually forgot that for every one case where a person stands accused, there are so many others that go unnoticed.

  4. Jim Byod says:

    I wonder the same thing as you do about whether they can get around the immunity issues.

  5. Jeffrey Denner says:

    I wonder the same thing and look to see how they get around the immunity thing.

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