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Tort of outrage nets $4 million to falsely accused parents  (access required)

A South Carolina couple whose children were taken from them by government social workers was awarded $4 million by a jury who agreed that the agency’s conduct was reckless. The case arose out of the response by the Fairfield County Department of Social Services to a May 15, 2008 hospital staff report of “potential parental poisoning” of two children of Otis and Diane Bass. After a short investigation, DSS notified the Basses that those children, along with a third child, would have to be placed with a relative or placed in foster care. Columbia attorney Jamie Walters (pictured), with John Koon and Lee Cope, represented the Basses.

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