Verdict: Fresno County CPS violated duties in Seth Ireland case

February 22, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Total damages were set at $8.5 million in Seth Ireland civil case on Friday.

A verdict was reached against Fresno County Child Protective Services (CPS) in connection with the death of Seth Ireland. The verdict stated that Fresno County did violate its mandatory duties by not protecting the 10-year-old boy.

Fresno County will take 65 percent of the blame in the death of Seth Ireland. Convicted murderer Lebaron Vaughn will take 25 percent and mother Rena Ireland 10 percent of the blame.

Damages of $5 million were awarded to Seth Ireland's father Joe Hudson, and $3.5 million was awarded to Seth's younger brother Jervon Ireland.

Lebaron Vaughn murdered Seth Ireland four years ago and he's now serving a life sentence. Child Protective Services got several calls reporting abuse against Seth Ireland and his half-brother Jervon. Seth's father say the agency missed at least four chances to step in and save the boy's life.

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