Sheryll Nation V. Colla
Arizona Court of Appeals
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In this appeal we must decide to what extent a caseworker for Child Protective Services (CPS)*fn1 performing duties relating to the investigation and filing of a child dependency petition is entitled to absolute and/or qualified immunity. Based upon her investigation and the possibility of physical child abuse, Michelle Colla (Colla), the caseworker, caused a dependency petition to be filed in juvenile court concerning James Nation, a two-month old infant. As a result of the filing, custody of the infant was removed from the child's parents and temporarily placed with CPS. The infant was moved to Mesa Crisis Nursery where he died sixteen days later.