October 1, 2018

Three children who are suing the County of San Diego on allegations that child welfare officials violated their rights have filed a new, class action lawsuit accusing the government’s lawyers of looking through their confidential juvenile case files without required judicial authorization.

The class-action lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court by children identified as A.C., A.E.1 and A.E.2, names as defendants the county and two of its in-house civil lawyers, Erica Cortez and Kate Jones. It asks the court for class-action certification and other relief including an injunction, unspecified damages and legal fees and costs. A.C., A.E.1 and A.E.2 are am...

August 11, 2018

A former foster child who is suing San Diego County for allegedly failing to protect him from years of sexual abuse by his former foster father has filed a new lawsuit accusing the government's attorneys of snooping through his confidential juvenile files without required court authorization.

The lawsuit names the county and one of its attorneys, Erica Cortez. The lawyer who filed it, Shawn A. McMillan, is also seeking a temporary restraining order blocking the county’s attorneys or others involved in litigation from looking in the juvenile files without court authorization.

July 23, 2018

When a 6-year-old boy identified as A.G. in court records told his social worker in January 2006 that his foster father was hurting him, she dismissed his request for a new home.

When staff members at a family recovery center saw A.G. acting out sexually in 2007 and told the county they suspected his foster father was abusing him, the county did not intervene.

When San Diego County sheriff’s deputies in 2008 took A.G. to the county’s emergency shelter for children after an incident involving a neighbor child, A.G. told social workers that he was being sexually abused. He was returned to his foster father, Michael Jarome Hayes, within 18 hours.

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