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Grandfather Sues Over Boy's Death

Posted February 22, 2008
Updated May 28, 2008

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— The grandfather of a 4-year-old boy who died two years ago in the home of his adoptive parents has filed a wrongful death suit against the couple and state and local officials.

Ron Ford Sr., the administrator of Sean Paddock's estate, is using the lawsuit to wrest some answers from the state Department of Health and Human Services, Wake County Human Services and the Children's Home Society of North Carolina, a private adoption agency.

Paddock suffocated in February 2006 after he was tied too tightly in blankets so he would stay in bed, authorities said.

His adoptive mother, Lynn Paddock, has been charged with murder in the case and is scheduled for trial in May. Prosecutors decided not to press charges against Johnny Paddock, Sean's adoptive father.

Lynn Paddock also has been accused of beating Sean's siblings with PVC pipe.

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  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Feb 22, 2008

    I really wish I hadn't read this story. What a cute little boy.

  • seahawk Feb 22, 2008

    "This story is repeatedly being cited (incorrectly) as involving adoptive parents when it is (correctly) foster partents. There is a huge difference. WRAL needs to get this right."

    talkinturkey...maybe you need to get the story right instead of blaming WRAL for inaccurately reporting...the Paddock's certainly were Foster Parents, but they had previously ADOPTED Sean and his two siblings. In fact the adoption had been finalized hence why Sean and his siblings last name had been changed to Paddock. Families can be both foster parents as well as adoptive parents.

  • thomp02 Feb 22, 2008

    My husband was taken away from his grandparents by Social Services. They loved him very much, but were too old and too poor to raise him and his two sisters. The grandparents are not to blame where is his biological parents? This women was probably playing the system to "get paid" to keep this children and now she should get what she is due...prison!

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 22, 2008

    Just pray for this family that the answers they are seeking will come.

  • talkinturkey Feb 22, 2008

    This story is repeatedly being cited (incorrectly) as involving adoptive parents when it is (correctly) foster partents. There is a huge difference. WRAL needs to get this right.

  • Godschild43 Feb 22, 2008

    Grand parent's have raised their daughter and now that she is married and on her own he can not watch her ever move.Proably did not know what was going on.

  • cuteboyd Feb 22, 2008

    She needs to get a beating as well.

  • Adelinthe Feb 22, 2008

    "Where was the grandparents when these kids needed them!"

    They may be disabled, but are still able to love the children.

    At any rate, all they want and need is answers as to how this woman adopted their grandchildren in the first place and why she wasn't supervised for a certain period of time.

    The DHHS owes them that.

    Praying for the remaining children.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • skinnycow Feb 22, 2008

    Sorry, I meant steel. Please forgive typo.

  • skinnycow Feb 22, 2008

    "Lynn Paddock also has been accused of beating Sean's siblings with PVC pipe."

    And the same should be done to her but use steal galvanized piping instead.

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