Monday, August 18, 2008

Oklahoma Taxpayers Forced to Pay Because Father Scalded His Own Son to Death

It's bad enough when people commit horrific crimes like scalding their own son to death. It's even worse when the taxpayers, who had nothing to do with the crime, have to pay for it:

TULSA — A lawsuit against the Department of Human Services has been settled.

The lawsuit accused the state agency of negligence in the way it monitored the care of a 2-year-old Tulsa boy who was later scalded to death has been settled.
A federal judge late Friday approved a $160,000 settlement in the lawsuit filed after the 2005 scalding death of 2-year-old Keenan Taylor.
The child died on June 9, 2005, a day after being burned by hot water over more than 50 percent of his body.
His father, Carlis Anthony Ball, is in prison awaiting resentencing after being convicted of murdering and neglecting the boy. The 26-year-old Ball has claimed the boy was burned accidentally.
The lawsuit was filed by Archie James Taylor, Keenan's maternal grandfather. It alleged that DHS was negligent for failing to remove the boy from his father's care despite previous reports of suspected abuse.

Why should we pay $160,000 to Archie Taylor? That will not bring his grandson back to life. It is clear that the responsibility lays with the deceased boy's family. Only those who believe in the nanny state would agree to this ridiculous settlement.

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