A lead attorney in the Miramonte Elementary School child abuse case that broke in Los Angeles last year has turned his attention to the Orange County Social Services Agency. Brian Claypool accuses the agency's Child Protective Services (CPS) workers of "aiding and abetting the commission of child abuse and child endangerment."
He is scheduled to hold a press conference in the Orange County Social Services Agency Building this morning to demand a state Attorney General and U.S. Department of Justice audit and criminal investigation of CPS, as well as announce his federal civil rights lawsuit against the agency.
Claypool is to be joined by his client Ruby Dillon, the mother of a 7-year-old girl who was, the attorney claims, "legally kidnapped" by CPS "despite no reliable evidence to support removal of the little girl from her mom and repeated credible reports by the child and qualified medical experts of alleged sexual abuse by the father."
Getting the Social Services Agency's response to this will be difficult because officials cannot discuss specific clients. Claypool is under no such restrictions. In a very long email previewing today's 11:30 a.m. press conference, he says that:
- CPS willfully tracked and abducted the girl by "fabricating evidence," obstructing justice, committing perjury and routinely violating the law;
- CPS workers violated the 4th and 14th amendments to the Constitution, the grounds for his lawsuit;
- California's Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Justice must "immediately undertake criminal investigations of the Orange County CPS to uncover a decade long custom and practice by the CPS of "child trafficking" for financial gain and criminal obstruction of justice, failing to report child abuse to law enforcement and aiding and abetting the commission of child abuse and child endangerment;
- Orange County's CPS must undergo a comprehensive audit;
- Orange County's district attorney must explain to the community why "crucial" search warrants were not issued "immediately after the little girl made credible reports of alleged sexual abuse by the father (including videotaping and photographs) and why criminal charges have not yet been levied against the father for the alleged sexual abuse and members of the CPS for aiding and abetting the abuse."
Claypool called Orange County CPS a "protected empire" that is motivated by $2.2 billion in state and federal funding based in part on the number of children adopted out of foster care. The attorney claims children are removed from homes they are living in lawfully to keep funding flowing.
He goes on to graphically detail repeated cases of alleged rape and molestation of the girl by her father, the CPS of botching its investigation of the abuse and the DA's office of covering this all up.
"It should be noted that the father of the minor is represented by a prominent lawyer Al Stokke, who is an ardent supporter of the Orange County district attorney," Claypool notes. "At no time did CPS ever intervene on behalf of the minor to inform the court (as is their fiduciary duty) about this pattern of suspected sexual abuse by the minor's father."
The attorney says the Tustin Police Department did remove the child from the father's home twice out of safety concerns after finding her stories credible but that she was not placed with her mother, who has no record of abuse. Instead, thanks to repeated intervention by CPS, the girl was returned to her father's "house of horrors," Claypool says.
Through his Claypool Law Firm, the attorney is also representing 15 children and 22 parents from LA's Miramonte case.