Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Accusing State Agency Of Negligence

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A Sedgwick County judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing a state agency of failing to protect a toddler before she was killed.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Sedgwick County District Judge William Woolley ruled recently there can be no claim of negligence against the state Department for Children and Families in the case of 18-month-old Jayla Haag.

The child died in 2012 with injuries that included brain swelling, bleeding around her eyes and teeth that had been forcibly removed. The lawsuit claimed DCF was informed that Jayla was being abused and did nothing to protect her.

DCF spokeswoman Theresa Freed said the agency appreciates the judge's ``careful consideration of this case.''

Randy Rathbun, the attorney who brought the lawsuit on behalf of Jayla Haag's father, says he'll appeal.

Posted by: Lindsay Sax