SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — An Orange County attorney Tuesday was expected to call for a criminal investigation into an alleged child trafficking case involving Orange County Child Protective Services.
Brian Claypool, who served as one of the lead attorneys in the abuse case at Miramonte Elementary School in South Los Angeles, will be appearing with the mother of a 7-year-old girl who Claypool alleges was abducted by Orange County Child Protective Services (CPS).
Claypool has signaled his intent to file a civil rights lawsuit in federal court against CPS for “willfully trafficking and abducting” the daughter of Dr. Ruby Dillon by “fabricating evidence, obstructing justice, committing perjury and routinely violating the law,” according to a statement from Claypool’s law firm.
The allegations stem from reports Dillon made to CPS about suspected sexual abuse by the girl’s father. The alleged abuse was videotaped and photographed, according to Claypool.
Claypool alleges CPS does not want a custody dispute between the child’s parents to end, which has kept the girl in protective care.
“Simply put, the more children that are removed from a household (whether lawfully or not) the more money that flows to CPS through state and federal funding,” the statement said.
Claypool further alleged that CPS is more motivated to protect its $2.2 billion budget than it is focused on child safety and adoption efforts.
There was no immediate comment on the lawsuit by CPS.
A press conference was scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Orange County Social Services Building in Santa Ana.