They were accused of maliciously keeping evidence from the judge when they recommended the girl be placed with her father.
The suppressed evidence included a chilling hospital photo of Serenity's swollen and bruised face and two black eyes, District Attorney Richard Smothermon said in November. The photo was taken after the second overnight visit with her father in January 2011.
The prosecutor said the judge never would have placed Serenity with her father if the judge had seen that evidence.
DHS issued this statement in November: “We share the district attorney's belief that the child welfare workers handling Deal's case, Jennifer Shawn and Randy Lack, were negligent in their duties which is why they were terminated … We continue to regret the heart-wrenching outcome of this child's case.”
DHS officials had no further comment this week.
Grandparents sought adoption
Serenity was not living with her mother because her mother had been accused of molesting a boy. Samantha Deal, now 23, eventually pleaded no contest to oral sodomy. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Charles and Annette Deal, of Chandler, had tried to adopt Serenity but were turned down because Brooks objected. Brooks had not known he was Serenity's father until she was about 3, records show.
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