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How to Employ Bad Foster Moms
January 25, 2009 permalink
Here is a case with the same pattern as that of Katelynn Sampson, killed by a foster parent where children's aid claimed no involvement. In California, according to allegations in a lawsuit, child protectors wanted to place a girl with foster mother Bertha Gonzales, but could not do so because of her prior record of abusing children. Instead they helped the mother to appoint Bertha as the girl's guardian. Bertha Gonzales later harmed the girl.
CPS faces lawsuit in another child abuse case
By KSEE News, Story Published: Jan 23, 2009 at 10:30 PM EST
KSEE 24 News has learned that Fresno County's Child Protective Services is facing a civil suit in federal court stemming from a case back in 2004. The suit claims a little girl was severely beaten by a woman that CPS helped establish as the girl's legal guardian, despite knowing the woman, Bertha Gonzales, had a history of abuse against her own children.
Attorney Steve Cornwell, who filed the suit on behalf of the girl, says CPS knew they could not get a court to directly appoint Gonzales the guardian of the girl, so they helped the girl's biological mother appoint Gonzales as the guardian. The little girl was beaten and suffered a broken leg, and then sustained another beating that left her with brain damage. Gonzales has since gone to prison for the beatings.
KSEE 24 News did not get a response from CPS when asked about the case.