CHICAGO (CBS)– Opponents call it “a hospital of horrors.”
The Cook County Public Guardian has filed a lawsuit, saying children at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital in Uptown were sexually abused and more and that DCFS tried to cover it all up.READ MORE: Two Chicago Police Officers Wounded By Accidental Friendly Fire While Confronting Suspect In Lyons, Police Say
The lawsuit says patients as young as seven were sexually abused or saw abuse happening and that when they reported it, they were victimized even more.
One child reportedly was also given a powerful sedative, when it wasn’t needed.
DCFS workers are accused of trying to hide evidence by destroying videos and fabricating paperwork.READ MORE: Man Shot, Killed After Argument At Bus Stop In Logan Square; Shooter Kills Second Man Nearby During Carjacking
An attorney representing the children says it was the state’s job to keep those kids safe.
“Why did DCFS let this happen,” Attorney Scott Drury said.
The lawsuit also says state officials sent children to Lakeshore, despite knowing its problems because it’s one of the only psychiatric hospitals that takes kids in state care.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Cool Down In Effect
Chicago Lakeshore Hospital’s CEO calls the claims “egregious distortions.”