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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The adoptive parents of two boys have filed a lawsuit against San Bernardino County’s Department of Children and Family Services, claiming the agency failed to disclose the older boy’s history of violent and sexually abusive behavior toward his brother.

The San Bernardino Sun reports the suit filed in federal court Tuesday claims the county was negligent, committed civil rights violations and violations of federal adoption and child welfare laws.

The parents, who adopted the boys in March 2017, are not identified in the suit.

According to the lawsuit, a counselor told the younger brother to not tell his prospective adoptive parents about the abuse because he would be removed from the home.

County spokesman David Wert did not immediately respond to the newspaper’s requests for comment.