Police are investigating allegations a father molested his own daughter. Officers have removed the child from his home – twice.
So why did social workers – or someone – put her back with dad, the alleged molester, each time?
It's a question we continue to investigate. But the answer is hidden from most public scrutiny.
This Orange County custody battle is one of the stranger cases we've covered during our series, "Lost in the System."
We've been reporting these cases for months.
Now a group of parents are organizing, trying to bring change to a system they say is abusing parents who bring charges of sexual abuse.
They claim even a parent who reports child abuse by their spouse is often punished.
Instead of the alleged abuser losing custody of the child, the reporting parent loses or has their custody rights curtailed.
It sounds hard to believe, but Fox 11 has seen case after case – all raising serious, troubling questions.
A recent confidential report – leaked to the Los Angeles Times – detailed terrible deficiencies inside the Los Angeles County Department of Social Services … the department often responsible for investigating child abuse in court cases.
This only adds to the concern. We continue to look for insiders, whistle-blowers and others with information – pro or con -- about DCFS and the Family and Dependency courts.