Kern County's Child Protective Services department has cost county taxpayers another $1.4 million.

That's the settlement amount granted last month to a local doctor in a case where CPS illegally took her two children. The county did this in February, 2011, without a warrant and, as it turns out, for no legitimate reason.

... After the McCue case, the department began revamping policies on how and when children can be taken. Social workers had been taking kids without warrants even when there was no imminent threat to a child's safety. That was patently illegal, said Deeths' attorney Shawn McMillan who also represented the McCues.

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In 2011 Child Protective Services workers took 838 children away from their parents for suspected abuse or neglect. In 2012, that number was cut by nearly half, to 466. And I'm willing to bet 2013 will see either similar numbers or a further decline. That's because CPS is, apparently, now following the law, which mandates social workers must have a warrant before yanking kids out of homes. Unless social workers have reason to believe a child is in imminent danger of being physically harmed or killed, they have to get a warrant. That's not a new law. It's been that way all along.

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