AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A class-action lawsuit accusing Texas of poorly supervising foster children can proceed.

Retired U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack has certified as a class more than 12,000 abused and neglected children permanently removed from their birth families. The lawsuit was brought by the group Children’s Rights.

The Dallas Morning News (http://dallasne.ws/17jUduQ ) reports Jack ruled this week following a January hearing. Attorneys for Texas are reviewing the ruling.

The state continues to investigates the July death of 2-year-old Alexandria Hill. Her foster mother, who was recruited by contractor Texas Mentor, faces a capital murder charge.

State officials after the death examined 23 Texas Mentor homes. The Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/12OXHCm ) reports two children were removed amid concerns about how caretakers disciplined the youngsters.

A Texas Mentor official says an internal review continues.

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