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Mon February 17, 2014

More Than 125 Oklahoma DHS Employees Disciplined

More than 125 Oklahoma DHS employees disciplined

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Records show that more than 125 Oklahoma Department of Human Services employees were fired, suspended or demoted during 2013 for various infractions — including one instance of an employee picking up the wrong baby from a day care.

The records obtained by The Oklahoman include a report that a child welfare specialist picked up a baby girl instead of a baby boy that the worker had picked up weekly for "at least 12 weeks."

The worker — whose name was not released — was suspended for three days without pay.

DHS Director Ed Lake told the newspaper that most of the agency's workers are skilled, compassionate and trustworthy — but that the department is like any company in that a few employees are sometimes disciplined for various reason