CLEVELAND - The estate of a 5-year-old girl who was beaten to death at the hands of her mother and her partner last year has filed a lawsuit against the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services for allegedly failing to investigate abuse claims prior to her death.
The suit claims that Ta'Naejah McCloud was "brutally killed while those responsible for protecting her either looked away or looked on and did nothing."
The suit goes on to say that it "seeks to hold accountable the defendants who are the individuals, professionals and the public and private agencies charged with protecting, investigating and providing necessary services to Ta'Naejah."
Ta'Naejah's mother, Tequila Crump, and her partner, Ursula Owens, were found guilty on multiple charges earlier this summer in connection with the child's death.
Records show that social workers visited the home on eight different occasions over a five-week period, but according to a Cuyahoga County Department of Child and Family Services spokesperson, there was "not enough evidence for the court to order removal" of the 5-year-old at that time.