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Jury awards $225,000 to county couple in DSS case
Husband confined to facility despite lack of court order
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A Kershaw County jury awarded a total of $225,000 to an east Camden couple on June 15 following a four-day trial involving allegations the S.C. Department of Social Services’ (DSS) Kershaw County office kept a 66-year-old man in a skilled nursing facility against his and his wife’s wishes. According to Deborah J. and Robert J. Butcher of The Camden Law Firm, the jury awarded $200,000 to their client, James Robbie Stephens and an additional $25,000 to his wife, Doris Ann Stephens, 70. In making the awards, the jury found DSS guilty of gross negligence in regards to caseworker Shallia Belton’s treatment of Robbie Stephens.