Mother sues DHR, caseworkers in death of her daughter, a Montgomery foster mom

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The mother of a beloved Montgomery, Ala. teacher filed a lawsuit against Alabama foster care administrators at the Alabama Department of Human Resources (ADHR) and case workers on Wednesday.

Valetta Robinson filed the suit Montgomery County over what she considers the wrongful death of her daughter, Porscha Echols, who was reportedly strangled to death last year by her 14 year old foster son.

The suit alleges administrators at ADHR were negligent in placing the boy in her 30 year old daughter’s home despite multiple, previous complaints of violent behavior in prior foster homes.

“He should have never been placed in Porscha’s home,” said attorney Tommy James. “My client is dead because the people at DHR did not do their jobs and it is appalling that this was allowed to happen. This child should have received the mental health treatment they knew he needed. He easily could have been placed him in a home for troubled teens. These facilities are located throughout the state and DHR knows this. The foster care system completely broke down and failed Porscha Echols and her family,”

Robinson is demanding a trial by jury.

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