A supervisor at the state Department of Human Services was fired Thursday for misconduct and dishonesty in the Serenity Deal case. Pottawatomie County Supervisor Jennifer R. Shawn, 32, said again Thursday she did nothing wrong. She plans to appeal to the Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission. “It's absurd,” she said of the accusations that led to her firing. “It is DHS's attempt to shift blame from the agency on to individual workers.” Officials at the Department of Human Services accused Shawn of 67 policy violations in Serenity's case. A DHS administrative law judge, Gail Wettstein, who heard testimony and reviewed documents from Serenity's case, agreed the evidence was sufficient to prove many of the allegations. Several of the substantiated policy violations involved failures to assure that full background checks were made on Serenity's father. Others involved failures to properly inform the judge overseeing Serenity's case. Serenity, 5, died in June from a beating while with her father. The girl began living with her father full time in Oklahoma City in May on the recommendation of DHS workers. The girl was placed with her father, Sean Devon Brooks, even though she was injured twice in January during overnight visits with him. DHS was involved because Serenity's mother had been accused of molesting a boy. Brooks, 31, now is charged with first-degree murder. He had not known he was the girl's father until she was 3. DHS officials said the discharge notice shows the agency had “required practices in place that, if followed, would have given Shawn and other workers a clearer picture of Sean Brooks, his relationship with his family and other children, his abilities to parent, and his past behaviors and propensity to violence.” “These practices have been proven successful,” DHS spokeswoman Sheree Powell said.
NewsOK.com has disabled the comments for this article.