COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina still lacks a system for tracking deadbeat dads and moms online, nearly a quarter-century after federal law required it. South Carolina has long been the only state that has not complied with a 1988 law requiring a centralized computer system to enforce child support payments.Read More »
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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