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Orphaned and homeless - Part 1 of 2
Jury awards $150,000 to teen in SCDSS case
C-I In-Depth
At the age of 14, an orphan listed in court documents as “J.M.” lived on the streets of Elgin for about four months, sleeping in abandoned cars, sheds and even a burnt-out home. On March 16, a jury awarded J.M., now 17, $150,000 in a judgment against the S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) concluding that the agency’s negligent actions led to his ending up on the streets. The judgment came almost exactly two years after being filed in the Kershaw County Clerk of Court’s office in March 2016.