State agency sued over Oklahoma girl's death

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

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) - Family members of a 5-year-old girl who was killed by her father have amended a lawsuit against the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and two child-welfare workers who were fired by the state.

The girl's mother and grandparents claim in the lawsuit that Serenity Deal's death in June 2011 came about due to negligence by the state, which placed the girl with her father. The father is serving a sentence of life in prison for the girl's death.

The defendants haven't yet filed papers responding to the lawsuit.

The Oklahoman reports Serenity was placed with her father even though she was injured twice during overnight visits with him.

The girl had been in foster care but DHS workers recommended she be placed full-time with her father.

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