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Judge rules in favor of state agency in girl's 2011 death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A judge has ruled that the Oklahoma Department of Human Services wasn't liable for the death of a 5-year-old girl in 2011.

Serenity Deal was killed by her father, Sean Brooks, less than a month after the state removed her from foster care and put her in Brooks' care. Brooks pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

Two Human Services workers were fired in the case and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of suppressing evidence that prosecutors argued could have prevented the girl's return to her father.

Serenity's family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the department, claiming that her death came about due to negligence by the state.

The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/1Jedv7B ) reports that her family is appealing the judge's decision.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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