Los Angeles to pay $450,000 to settle wrongful death lawsuit

May 6, 2015 5:09 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County will pay a man $450,000 after a 2yearold boy was killed by his mother's boyfriend in 2011 despite repeated calls to county social workers about ongoing abuse.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1c46Yhw ) that the County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve the payout, which settles a wrongful-death complaint filed by Robert Dominguez alleging that his son Gabriel Dominguez would not have died if the Department of Children and Family Services had correctly investigated reports of abuse.

The boyfriend, Daniel Vega, beat the boy to death days after Children and Family Services closed their investigation. Vega was sentenced to 56 years in prison for the killing.

Agency Director Philip Browning rejected the claim that reports were falsified.

A wrongful-death complaint is still pending against the Los Angeles Unified School District because the father says a school nurse also failed to appropriately assess evidence of abuse before Gabriel's death.


Information from: Los Angeles Times

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