AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A class-action lawsuit accusing Texas of poorly supervising foster children can proceed.
Retired U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack has certified as a class more than 12,000 abused and neglected children permanently removed from their birth families. The lawsuit was brought by the group Children's Rights.
The Dallas Morning News reports Jack ruled this week following a January hearing. Attorneys for Texas are reviewing the ruling.
The state continues to investigate the July death of 2-year-old Alexandria Hill. Her foster mother, who was recruited by contractor Texas Mentor, faces a capital murder charge.
State officials after the death examined 23 Texas Mentor homes. Our exclusive content partners at The Austin American-Statesman report two children were removed amid concerns about how caretakers disciplined the youngsters.
A Texas Mentor official says an internal review continues.