Washington state paid the family of a baby boy $1.5 million after the boy was repeatedly abused by his mother’s boyfriend, even after visits from Child Protective Services.
The settlement was rewarded after several reports to CPS, beginning in 2011 when a report was received about a man punching a 7-month-old baby in the face during a fight with his mother. CPS told the caller to call police, and the officer who responded told CPS that he was “very concerned about the welfare of the baby that night.”
CPS failed to classify the investigation into the abuse as a high-priority, 24-hour investigation, according to the child’s attorneys. A social worker visited the next day and “id 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,” the attorneys alleged. “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.”