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Kern Co. to pay $1M for taking child from couple

Posted: May 17, 2012 3:30 p.m.
Updated: May 17, 2012 3:30 p.m.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Kern County will pay $1 million to a couple whose son was taken away by authorities after a food allergy dispute with his school.

The Bakersfield Californian reports ( ) that officials reached the lawsuit settlement Tuesday with Darlene and Larry McCue.

The couple's 7-year-old son was taken by Child Protective Services in 2008 after the family clashed with the South Fork Union School District over the lack of non-peanut options for their son.

CPS claimed the family was endangering the child by having him undergo unnecessary medical procedures.

After the boy spent four months in foster care, a judge found no evidence to support the allegations.

County counsel Mark Nations says CPS is working on a new policy that would require social workers to get a warrant before removing children, unless they're in imminent danger.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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