Opening Arguments in DCFS Kidnapping Case Start Tomorrow
If you want to watch history in the making, come to Department 89 at the Los Angeles County Courthouse at 111 N. Hill Street on Thursday, August 15 at 9 a.m.
The heart-wrenching case of Rafaelina Duval v. County of Los Angeles Et Al got underway with jury selection on Monday, September 12th. Duval claims several social workers with Department of Children and Family Services removed her 15 month old son from her and then tried to give her an “attitude adjustment” when she didn’t treat them with reverence. She contends that they lied in court, suppressed exculpatory evidence and discriminated against her for a perceived mental disability. The County Defendants claim they took the child and retained jurisdiction for the past seven years because the child was extremely low weight and they thought Duval had Manchausen by Proxy Syndrome, a condition in which a parent intentionally makes her child sick in order to gain sympathy and attention for herself.
Ok, I Might be biased. I have seen DCFS take children from perfectly good parents and refuse to protect children from usually wealthy white male abusive parents too often. I have heard from social workers who were fired or leaned on because they would not go along with the program at DCFS. And I have seen reliable reports on http://www.transparentcalifornia.com that show salaries and benefits to some of the social workers exceeding $300,000 per year, for removing children from homes of people who earn less than poverty level incomes.
But my initial impression is that, not only should the County and the other defendants pay Duval in the 10s of millions of dollars, but the individuals should be indicted on charges of perjury, denying constitutional rights under the color of law, and perhaps kidnapping.
Plaintiff’s attorneys Shawn McMillan and Steven King have given an engaging description of what the case is about during a mini opening and voir dire. Opening statements and the ensuing trial should be spell binding. Don’t miss out.