ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- York County Department of Social Services workers placed an 8-year-old boy in his uncle's care without a comprehensive background check that would have shown he was a convicted felon.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports ( ) that the boy's uncle was charged five months later with abusing the child. Court records show the uncle was convicted of assault and battery with intent to kill in 1995 and sentenced to 18 years in prison.

DSS agreed with the family's plan to place the boy with his uncle after his father was charged with abuse in May. DSS officials say a worker did a local criminal background check on the uncle, but didn't check state and federal records.

The newspaper didn't name the dad or uncle so it wouldn't identify the boy.

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