REGISTER VIEWPOINT: What other verdicts await Huron County?

Get ready for more of the same. Huron County is getting ready to fight a $600,000 judgment against it, particula
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Get ready for more of the same.

Huron County is getting ready to fight a $600,000 judgment against it, particularly against its Department of Job and Family Services, over the death of a foster child at the hands of her foster father in Monroeville.

The argument, reduced to legal boilerplate, was that the county should have known of the situation at the Efaw home in Monroeville which led to the stabbing death of Conre Dixon, 13. And it can't be disputed the county had an interest in what went on there, if only by virtue of the fact Conre was a ward of the county as a foster child.

But a federal court bought the argument the county wasn't watching things closely enough -- something that also showed up throughout the mess that was the Gravelle trial. Watch for something to be filed, maybe years down the road, on behalf of the 11 children under the care of the Clarksfield Township couple who said they were doing the best they could with the advice they got, even as the world was treated to stories of kids in cages.

And if that's the kind of oversight the county has maintained up until now -- whether through fault of its own or unavoidable circumstance -- then it doesn't matter if the county straightens things out right this minute. The county, and the taxpayers who fund it, might as well steel themselves for more such claims to come, for years down the road. Maybe some will have merit, maybe some will be people looking to ride the bandwagon, but the fights will be expensive.