It's not a simple call here, but is it reasonable to expect CPS workers to
be on guard against something that had never happened before and that
couldn't have easily been foreseen? They're social workers; not seers.
There was ample evidence that Josh Powell was not a responsible, reliable person
that the visit should have taken place where there was less chance for him to
accomplish his horrible deed. The social worker should not have been in the
position of having to deal with someone as dubious as Josh Powell. Certainly
what he did was unexpected, but there were red flags, and the Cox grandparents
had tried to prevent him from being with the boys. I believe a jury trial is the
only just option.
The Cox's clearly love their daughter and their grandchildren and had some
legitimate concerns about Josh Powell, who is now dead and can't be
prosecuted. Now it is time to let it go and move on. I suppose they could
continue to drag more and more people and agencies into this. Are they going to
sue the West Jordan police agency next? Just let it go.
Hind sight 20/20: Josh Powell was not to be trusted with his kids. Who had any
idea that this was the case with sound reasoning to back it up? But this lawsuit
suggests the (Washington) State was the chief protector of those kids. I
don't like that, parents are the natural chief protectors of offspring.
Both Mother and Father are protectors. Flip this: Mother kills 6 of her newborn
babies. Does that mean a lawsuit should be brought against the State of Utah
for not protecting those kids? And again, can we reasonably expect that the
State prevents murder suicides?
People who are not allowed to visit with their children without supervision
should not be visiting, even supervised, in their own homes. Never, ever.
Having said that I think that these sad, devastated people do need to move on.
A lawsuit will not stop their grief. Where to visit is a policy decision that
can not be made by the court system. What are they seeking? Monetary damages?
Let it go.