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A Child Protective Services employee has been sacked after footage emerged of her allegedly telling a 14-year-old girl to become a prostitute.
Desperate mother-of-nine, Keisha Bazley turned to CPS in Houston, Texas for help with her 14-year-old daughter, who was reportedly running away a lot and causing trouble at school.
But the CPS employee, who took the girl to a hotel where other foster kids in Harris County were also being housed, had a bizarre response to the teen when she mentioned she was hungry.
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A video allegedly shows the exchange between the child and the woman, where the woman tells her: "If you wanna be a h*e be a real h*e,"
Keisha Bazley has since filed an official complaint with CPS and has spoken to FOX 26 about the ordeal as the employee has been told to apologise to the family.
Bazley said: “My daughter told me that the worker had been telling her she should do these things, so she said she decided to video her.
"If me, the parent, were to do something like this to my child, I would be bashed. I would be called a horrible parent. I would lose my kids.”
Family law attorney Mike Schneider also spoke out about the footage, claiming that the CPS worker's instructions were almost a threat to the child after she requested food and has insisted more should be done to protect vulnerable children.
Schneider said: "And giving her an incentive to do so, and almost a threat of not having her needs being met if she didn’t do what this woman very explicitly told her to do.
"I’ve never seen that happen before where the commissioner of CPS comes in from Austin, just to apologize about something horrible that’s been done to a child involved with CPS.
"It’s bad enough if it’s just one bad rogue worker. It concerns me that it may be bigger than that, and they need to make sure it’s not just one person, and they’ve got to find a way to protect these kids.”
CPS's commissioner, Jamie Masters, reportedly went to Houston from the Lone Star State’s capital city to apologise to Bazley and her daughter and has publically condemned the actions of the member of staff.
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She said: "This should not happen to girls in their care. It should not happen. It’s unacceptable.”
In a statement, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services spokeswoman Melissa Lanford confirmed the staff member had been sacked.
She wrote: “DFPS is aware of the video and has taken action. The person in the video – who was employed as CPS support staff – was dismissed from her position on August 10.
"The safety and appropriateness with which children in care must be treated is our paramount concern. Nothing less will be tolerated.”
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