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Orphaned and homeless - Part 2 of 2
How SCDSS left a 14-year-old boy to roam the streets of Elgin
C-I In-Depth
Fourteen-year-old “J.M.” ended up on the streets of Elgin for four months in 2015. In 2016, his attorneys, Deborah and Robert Butcher, filed a lawsuit on his behalf against the S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) claiming the agency’s negligent actions not only deprived him of his Fourteenth Amendment right to due process, but placed him in danger and led to his becoming homeless. Along with SCDSS as an agency, the lawsuit named former caseworker Shallia Belton, who was involved in an earlier SCDSS-centered lawsuit involving an elderly man held against his will in a skilled nursing facility.