HOUSTON — A Texas judge has ordered Child Protective Services to pay a family more than $127,000 for wrongfully removing their children and allegedly lying to the court about the removal.
Harris County Judge Mike Schneider on Thursday announced sanctions against Child Protective Services after calling the agency “dishonest” and possibly “malicious” for removing Melissa and Dillon Bright’s two young children from their care in September, the Houston Chronicle reported. Schneider ordered the agency to pay the Bright family’s legal fees and to create new training for CPS workers.
“We do need to deal with the issue of how we make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Schneider said.
Following the ruling this week, the family’s attorneys are calling for the firing of the CPS workers involved in wrongfully removing 2-year-old Charlotte and 5-month-old Mason.