DFPS punishes foster care agency for death of Cedar Park child

The Department of Protective and Family Services has sent a letter to Lutheran Social Services of the South suspending all new placements with the agency's Austin division.  The move comes amidst an investigation into the death of 11-month-old Orion Hamilton.  The report states that "the foster parent left the child with an unauthorized caregiver. The infant sustained a skull fracture, bleeding of the brain and detached retinas. The infant also had healed posterior rib fractures, consistent with being shaken." 

DPFS accuses Lutheran Social Services of failing to due the appropriate background checks of caregivers in the home.  Jacob Salas has been charged with felony child abuse in the case.  He is the biological father of the foster mother's three children.  He had been ordered to stay away from the kids. 

Salas admitted to police that he had crushed the child’s head between his knee and the floor.


Lutheran Social Services has issued the following statement:

“LSS is aware of the issues raised by the Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS). Our number one priority is the safety of our children and we remain confident of the quality of all of our programs. We respect the state’s rights and responsibilities in this area and we will cooperate fully with DFPS. We are scheduled to meet with DFPS to discuss their concerns and will have no additional comment prior to that meeting, as it would be inappropriate.”


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