Father of Ta’Naja Barnes files lawsuit against foster care organization for daughter’s death

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — The father of a two-year-old who was found dead from neglect earlier this year is suing a company associated with DCFS.

Dartavius Barnes filed a lawsuit in federal court against Webster-Cantrell Hall and Amanda Beasley-Ricks, an employee at Webster-Cantrell Hall.  Barnes’ daughter Ta’Naja was found dead in February wrapped in a urine soaked blanket with a 32 degree body temperature and scars on parts of her body. Her mother Twan’ka Davis and boyfriend Anthony Myers are charged with her murder.
The lawsuit says the organization did not properly train its employees to recognize signs of abuse and neglect, and placed Ta’Naja in an abusive home. 

Barnes is demanding a trial by jury.

To see the entire lawsuit, click on the PDF below. 

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