Child welfare workers can't be sued in the 2008 death of a southwestern Michigan teen who perished in a fire, even if they knew she was routinely tied to her bed by her parents.
A federal appeals court has affirmed a decision by a judge in Grand Rapids. The court says the death of Calista Springer in St. Joseph County is "undeniably tragic" but the state didn't increase the danger.
The lawsuit was filed by the 17-year-old's grandmother.
Calista died during an accidental fire while being restrained to her bed.
Her father and stepmother were cleared of murder but convicted of torture and child abuse.
There's no dispute that the Department of Human Services had visited the home, but the last contact was nearly three years earlier.