SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A new bill aims to change the way Child Protective Services operates in California.

The bill is called Sammy’s Law, named after a Sacramento baby taken from his home by CPS when his mom asked for a second medical opinion.

Ruby Dillon has been fighting to get her child back for more than a year.

“My daughter is completely distraught, it’s just terrible,” she said. “She’s nowhere near the child she used to be.”

Scarred and healing from being sexually abused by her father, the 9-year-old stays with various families while Ruby tries to undo the CPS report that has now been found to be wrong.

“I have a copy of a police report, and a copy of the social services report, and the police report by trained investigators is a 180-degree difference from what’s written by a social worker,” she said.

The error is not uncommon.

A new report by the state auditor reveals assessments by CPS workers in three counties were routinely “flawed” as well as “incomplete and inconsistent.”

“CPS has become the greatest threat to the very kids it was designed to protect,” said Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks).

After the latest report, Donnelly wants to get rid of CPS in all of California’s 58 counties.

“I’m not going to stop this fight,” he said. “It’s why I believe this agency needs to be eliminated.”

Not having the power to do such a thing now, Donnelly is focusing on passing Sammy’s Law. It would require all meetings between parents and CPS workers to be recorded.

“In many cases, the only evidence presented in court for removal of a child is the word of a social worker,” he said.

The fight continues for Ruby. She says in the end, she wants her daughter back and to prevent other children from going through the same nightmare.

“For her to be suffering through this is just heinous. Just completely heinous,” she said.

Sacramento County Child Protective Services declined to comment on the bill, which still needs to be reviewed by a committee.

Comments (5)
  1. That bill should go for all the states not just California

  2. Avatara Qtub says:

    While the stated mission of Cps is one thing, the reality is itis an organization that can only exist as long as they have a fresh supply of victims.The irony is that according to the International treaties related to families,if a family does not have a standard of living that supports human growth and dignity then it is up to the state (government) to assist that family, But in violation of public law 96-272 The adoption assistance and child welfare act of 1980 , requires that child protective services (CPS) agencies make reasonable efforts to avoid unnecessary removal of children from their homes and to reunify foster children with their families whenever possible. Instead it is now a business that in order to maintain it, must be fed with the bodies of our children. Instead of protesting our children , the government is trafficking our children.

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