AG Jim Hood may take lead in Hancock DHS investigation, officials say

HANCOCK COUNTY — Attorney General Jim Hood could take over the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation into allegations of forged or falsified documents used in Department of Human Services child-custody cases, a notion that doesn’t sit well with county officials.

The probe into Hancock County DHS has led to recent discussions between Hood and prosecutors from the 2nd Circuit District Attorney’s Office that focused on the attorney general taking over the lead, officials said. A meeting on the matter is expected next week.

Officials allege DHS employees used forged or falsified documents in child-custody cases, some of which resulted in children taken from parents and placed in homes as far away as Michigan.