OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit saying the agency was responsible for the death of a 5-year-old girl who was murdered by her father in 2011.
The Oklahoman reports that the agency settled the 2013 suit filed by the maternal grandparents of Serenity Deal for $475,000.
Serenity was beaten to death shortly after being placed in the care of her father at the recommendation of department workers after the state removed her from foster care.
Her father, Sean Brooks, is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.
Two department workers were fired and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of suppressing evidence that prosecutors argued could have prevented Serenity being returned to her father.
Both were placed on probation.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com