LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) The family of a 4-year-old Noah, Cuatro, who died in the year 2019 at the latest, filed a wrongful death suit against Los Angeles County.
The death, initially reported as a drowning, which resulted in criminal charges being filed against Noah and his parents, Jose and Maria, Cuatro, Jr., 28, and In ” the Barbara Juarez, 26. The couple was indicted on a count each of murder and torture in the death of almost a year ago.
The boy’s great-grandmother, Evangelina Hernandez, presented by the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit on behalf of herself and Luke’s sister, and two brothers, who are all minors.
According to the suit, Hathaway-Sycamores, knew, or suspected, of abuse and misconduct taking place in Noah’s home, after the boy was sent to the agency by the local Department of Children and Family Services, mental health services, but failed to report the abuse.
The suit also alleges that the DCFS has failed to protect it from the Noah, and after multiple reports of abuse have been made.
“Instead of protecting Noah and his brothers and sisters, DCFS continued to have children with their abusive parents, and the children continue to be abused in the course of a few years,” the suit alleges.
In a previously released statement, DCFS said, in part:
“At one point, the Department of Children and Family Services and has more than 34,000 households, and other vulnerable children in Los Angeles County, with an unwavering commitment to the pursuit of safety every day in our communities. Our 9,000 employees are committed to this mission, we will do everything possible to ensure the protection of the children entrusted to our care.”
The suit further alleges that, after Noah’s death, DCFS social workers made threats against Hernandez, “in an attempt to quiet her, by telling her that if she doesn’t make public statements about the matter, or potential litigation, her request for custody of Noah, brothers and sisters, it would be denied and she would never see them again.
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