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Written By Digital Content Editor Thomas Ahearn

On December 13, 2022, the father of a 7-year-old girl allegedly kidnapped and killed by a contracted delivery driver filed a lawsuit seeking more than $1 million in damages and a jury trial against the driver, the delivery service, and the contractor that hired the driver, according to a report by KDFW FOX 4 News in Dallas, Texas.

KDFW FOX 4 reports the lawsuit accuses the delivery service and contractor of negligent hiring “claiming they failed to implement safety policies and procedures.” An arrest affidavit said the driver admitted to kidnapping and killing the girl because he was afraid she would tell her father that he hit her with a van during a delivery.

On December 8, 2022, approximately a week after the tragic incident, the mother of the victim and her attorney addressed reporters in front of the Wise County Courthouse in Texas and called for a private investigation into hiring practices of the delivery service that allowed the driver to be hired, KDFW FOX 4 reports.

“I was robbed of watching her grow up by a man that everyone was supposed to be able to trust. To do just one simple task: deliver a Christmas present and then leave,” the mother said. “Screening and hiring policies must be put into place so that monsters wearing delivery uniforms don’t show up on our children’s doorsteps.”

The attorney said his law firm has launched a private investigation into the process that allowed the driver to be hired. “We are looking at all the decisions that had to have happened before this tragedy occurred,” the attorney stated in a video of the press conference by LiveNow from Fox that is available on YouTube.

“We are not in a rush to file a lawsuit, we want a thorough investigation to be completed,” said the attorney, who added the goal of the investigation was to affect change. “Ultimately wherever that investigation leads us, if it leads us to seek filing a lawsuit to affect the change we hope to affect, then that is what we are going to do.”

A spokesperson for the delivery service told KDFW FOX 4 that the company “contracts with more than 6,000 independent businesses that are committed to providing outstanding package pickup and delivery services using their own employees.” The contracted workers are subject to criminal background checks.

“As is common across the industry and considered standard practice, employees of service provider businesses are subject to a criminal history background check as part of the eligibility process. Should we become aware of any criminal activity within our network, we work swiftly to investigate and address those incidents.”

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