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Oklahoma pays $300,000 to settle federal lawsuit against DHS

Misty Lynn Williams spent almost 14 months in Sequoyah County jail in Sallisaw to keep secret her daughter’s location. She said she was protecting daughter from being molested.

BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com    Comment on this article 65

Published: February 13, 2012

 

The state of Oklahoma has paid $300,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a mother who hid her young girl after DHS workers rejected her concerns the girl had been molested.

 

photo - Misty Lynn Williams  Shown in jail clothes in July 2005.

Misty Lynn Williams Shown in jail clothes in July 2005.

Settling DHS lawsuits

In the past three months, the state has paid almost $1 million to settle lawsuits involving the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, records show.

In November, the state paid $600,000 of the $1.1 million settlement that went to a young man who was sexually molested at a foster home. In 2006, the victim — then 15 — was molested by his foster father and the foster father’s live-in lover in Oklahoma City. He sued DHS and Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health System, which was hired by DHS to find foster parents.

In December, the state paid $92,500 to settle a lawsuit that blamed DHS for a boy’s death. Eli Kevin Johnson, 3, was murdered in 2009 by his mother’s boyfriend in Oklahoma City. The boy’s father alleged DHS did not do enough to protect Eli after he reported the boy had been abused in 2008.

In January, the state paid $300,000 to settle Misty Lynn Williams’ lawsuit against DHS workers and a former judge.

Misty Lynn Williams spent almost 14 months in the Sequoyah County jail in Sallisaw to keep secret her daughter’s location.

The unusual case attracted national attention — at first while the mother and girl were missing and then after the mother went to jail for refusing to reveal the girl’s whereabouts.

The mother, who grew up in Muldrow, said in a jail interview in 2005 that she was protecting her girl from further sexual abuse. “I would sit here until I die if I have to,” she told The Oklahoman in 2005.

“It was a long time but it was worth it,” Williams, now 33, said in December of her jail stay.

She and her daughter now live together in Van Buren, Ark. Her ex-husband — the girl’s father — has given up his parental rights. The girl is now 13.

A federal judge in Oklahoma City on Dec. 21 approved the $300,000 payment from the state on behalf of the Department of Human Services, its employees and former employees and on behalf of retired Associate District Judge A.J. Henshaw.

The settlement was split three ways — $100,000 to the mother, $100,000 to her attorney and $100,000 to a trust for her daughter.

DHS and the retired judge did not admit to any liability in agreeing to settle. Officials decided settling the federal lawsuit would be less costly than continuing to fight it, particularly since a key witness, a retired DHS worker, lost her memory of events after a stroke.

The mother alleged the girl’s father and other relatives molested the girl. She alleged doctors in 2002 found the girl, then 4, had genital warts, which is often a sexually transmitted disease.

 

photo - Misty Lynn Williams  Shown in jail clothes in July 2005.

Misty Lynn Williams Shown in jail clothes in July 2005.

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Settling DHS lawsuits

In the past three months, the state has paid almost $1 million to settle lawsuits involving the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, records show.

In November, the state paid $600,000 of the $1.1 million settlement that went to a young man who was sexually molested at a foster home. In 2006, the victim — then 15 — was molested by his foster father and the foster father’s live-in lover in Oklahoma City. He sued DHS and Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health System, which was hired by DHS to find foster parents.

In December, the state paid $92,500 to settle a lawsuit that blamed DHS for a boy’s death. Eli Kevin Johnson, 3, was murdered in 2009 by his mother’s boyfriend in Oklahoma City. The boy’s father alleged DHS did not do enough to protect Eli after he reported the boy had been abused in 2008.

In January, the state paid $300,000 to settle Misty Lynn Williams’ lawsuit against DHS workers and a former judge.

The father denied molesting the girl. His attorney, Monte Johnson, in 2005 called the sexual abuse allegation “pure fabrication.” The attorney last week declined to comment further.

After her divorce was final in October 2002, the mother fled with the girl. They left because the judge ruled her ex-husband could have overnight visits with the girl.

They ended up in 2003 in Texas.

While missing, the mother was charged in Oklahoma with a felony, child abuse. Based on a DHS worker’s statement, prosecutors alleged the mother abused her daughter by subjecting the girl “to unwarranted sexual abuse examinations on multiple occasions.”

DHS workers suggested the mother had a mental illness, Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

A parent with the unusual mental condition will make a child sick or try to mislead others into believing the child is sick for the attention.

Williams was arrested in Texas in October 2004 while leaving church. Her daughter was not with her. Because she feared she was about to be arrested, she had arranged for the girl to be cared for by others.

The child abuse charge was dropped in July 2005. But the mother was held in Sequoyah County jail until December 2005 for contempt of court. She was released after providing information about her daughter. The girl was found shortly afterward living with a couple in Texas.

The girl was returned to Oklahoma. Since then, she has lived with her father, in foster homes and with her mother.

The mother filed two federal lawsuits, dismissing the first in November 2009 shortly before trial. In the second lawsuit, she made several accusations. The second lawsuit originally named 26 defendants including then-Gov. Brad Henry and DHS Director Howard Hendrick.

Her chief accusation was that a rogue DHS worker covered up evidence of her daughter’s molestation because the worker was friends with her ex-husband’s influential family. She alleged the worker told a counselor, “They’re just trying to frame an innocent man.”

She alleged the DHS worker manufactured evidence she was mentally ill. She alleged others tried to cover up the misconduct and later retaliated against her because of the negative publicity.

An oversight state agency, the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth, at one point issued a confidential report critical of how DHS initially investigated the case.

The mother’s attorney, Ty Clevenger of Texas, said last week, “I get angry just thinking about this stuff.”

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February 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm

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  1. […] Hello Rick! I wanted to ask you, will you take a stand against criminals in CPS that removes children from families for the sake of money and abuse. Diane Sawyer, Nancy Shaefer (who we believed was murdered bringing this truth to light, and numerous other advocates and news stations have exposed the corruptions and abuses of CPS. I will VOTE for you and so will THOUSANDS of parents if you take a stand against criminals in CPS!  http://www.parentalrights.org http://www.overruledmovie.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TcDTJlPWbE  (Nancy Shaefer’s speech against the criminal CPS system) I am a survivor of child sex trafficking VIA CPS LA CA  http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/a-child-trafficking-survivor-publishes-a-book-to-fight-against-human-trafficking-the-u-s  My story here! PLEASE! If you are for the family, this issue MUST be on your plate. You have thousands who are willing to help, all you have to DO is ask! Please! Children are suffering at the hands of CPS criminals, judges, doctors, lawyers, and their constituents! My story is but one, there are thousands! Diane Sawyer’s peice on the criminal medical neglect of America’s foster care children by over drugging and medicating is proof yet CPS agencies nationwide continue to abuse children in this way every single day by forcing and threatening parents and children into these dangerous situations. They refuse to do what is right and continue to endanger, abuse, and harm children and their families. After my rapes for four years as a child, I endured medical abuse. I was on four to six dangerous drugs at a time and tied down to a bed to shut me up about the criminals who abused me…. IS this really what America is about???? Because if it is, it’s sick. I have tried to get others on our side…. No one wants to help these kids. Maybe you can do a better job of getting change done. In the meantime, the porn industry is using children for sex and serving pedophiles in the government… You are against porn, you should be against CPS criminals… they are one in the same people who run it… I know I served them sexually for four years as a child. Thanks for the listen! My blog:  https://fightcorruptedfamilycourtsandcps.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/another-oklahoma-lawsuit-pays-30000…  […]

  2. Heroic. My grand-daughters have been in the hands of CPS (3 yrs. & 1.5 yrs of age) for a year and a half. I have had to drive 7.5 hours r/t to see them 2 X month for 2-3 hours even though I raised them since they were born. CPS tendered and submitted my guardianship of the oldest as a ‘permanancy option’. I received temporary of the second about 5 months later. My disturbed son (who I have had custody of since he was 5) filed a falso police report, had me arrested on Thanksgiving Eve (no courts) cleaned out my bank account usinsg Western Union, and took them across state lines when wasn’t even supposed to be around them unsupervised by me.
    CPS took the non-sensical police report and manufactured it into a ‘truthful document’. All charges were dismissed before the pre-trial and I even passed a polygraph. My PD did not show up at the time nor would he go on the record, answer, plead or even act like he had a fudiciary duty to provide me with basic legal care. It doesn’t matter as the court is stacked against you and it is not a criminal court but court of consent. No pobale cause, no crimes, only retailiation for having the Gov. force them to turn the oldest over at 2 months.
    They continually violate Americans 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, and expecially our 14th. These people answer to no one.
    Can someone please help me?

    Best Regards,

    Rick

    Rick

    August 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm


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