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DHS ordered to pay in child abuse case

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Mississippi Department of Human Services (DHS) has been ordered Monday to pay one of it's former clients 500-thousand dollars.

The case involves a child who was removed from his home in Jackson.  The child was 14 and said he was sexually abused while in DHS custody.

In 2004, Circuit Judge Winston Kidd found that DHS breached its duty to protect and care for the child, failed to sufficiently investigate the report of sexual abuse and failed to provide counseling for the teenager.

Judge Kidd awarded the boy and his family 750-thousand dollars.  The Mississippi Court of Appeals unheld Kidd's findings in 2007 but ordered a new trial on damages.

A DHS spokesperson said agency officials will review the decision and explore options with the legal department.

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