Judge dismisses lawsuit against child welfare department

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) A judge has dismissed a negligence lawsuit against the Vermont Department for Children and Families.

The Rutland Superior Court judge reaffirmed that DCF does not have a duty to warn the public of the dangers a ward may pose to the general public. The Brattleboro Reformer reports the lawsuit claimed a ward of the state attacked another child at a Rutland McDonald's, arguing DCF was negligent in a duty to warn respite workers about the ward's behavior.

The lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice, meaning it has been dismissed permanently.

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