GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Human Services faces a $1.5 million lawsuit filed on behalf of a 7-year-old boy who was placed in his father’s care despite a court order banning the man from seeing his two younger sons.
The Oregonian/Oregonlive reports Robert A. Lamb is charged with six felony counts for the alleged abuse of his son.
The lawsuit alleges a background check on Lamb should have turned up a conviction in 2008 for strangling his girlfriend and a 2016 restraining order involving his other children.
Christine Stone, a DHS spokeswoman, says a child is never placed in care before a background check is done.
The agency is clearing a backlog of 15,000 unprocessed background checks.
Twenty-four workers have been hired to do that and six more will be added.