More than 125 Oklahoma DHS employees disciplined

By: From Wire Reports, The Oklahoman
By: From Wire Reports, The Oklahoman

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Records show that more than 125 Oklahoma Department of Human Services employees were fired, suspended or demoted during 2013 for various infractions - including one instance of an employee picking up the wrong baby from a day care.

The records obtained by The Oklahoman include a report that a child welfare specialist picked up a baby girl instead of a baby boy that the worker had picked up weekly for "at least 12 weeks."

The worker - whose name was not released - was suspended for three days without pay.

DHS Director Ed Lake told the newspaper that most of the agency's workers are skilled, compassionate and trustworthy - but that the department is like any company in that a few employees are sometimes disciplined for various reasons.

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