Mississippi's Department of Human Services has been ordered to pay $500,000 for failing to protect a child who said he was sexually abused while in DHS custody.
The Clarion-Ledger reports that the case dates back several years. In 2004, Circuit Judge Winston Kidd found that DHS breached its duty to protect and care for the youth. Kidd awarded the youth and his family $750,000.
The Mississippi Court of Appeals Court in 2007 upheld Kidd's findings, but ordered a new trial on damages.
Kidd recently amended the award to$500,000. Attorneys for DHS asked him to reconsider, but Kidd refused and entered the $500,000 as the final judgment.