Child services worker attacked during welfare check has passed away

STERLING, Ill. (KWQC) - A Department of Children and Family Services worker who was attacked during a child welfare check and was in a coma has now died. Pamela Knight worked in the regional office in Sterling, Ill.

Back in September, 2017, the 59-year-old child services worker went to check on a child in Milledgeville when she was attacked.

The child's father, 25-year-old Andrew Surcher, was charged with aggravated battery. Officials released a statement regarding the case.

Statement from Illinois DCFS Acting Director BJ Walker on the passing of DCFS worker Pamela Knight :

“DCFS is deeply saddened by the passing of our colleague, Pamela Knight. Our thoughts and prayers are with Pamela’s family during this difficult time.

“Pamela was a dedicated DCFS employee for almost 12 years. She started at DCFS as a child protection investigator in the Sterling office from 2006 to 2008, became a daycare licensing representative in May 2008, and served in this capacity until June 2016 when she decided to return to investigations. We are forever grateful for her work to help children and families in Illinois. The work many at DCFS do is not easy. Frontline staff are first responders to children and families in crisis and Pamela’s work has always set an example for all of us who work to protect children.

“We are providing counseling support to our staff in the Sterling area to assist them in dealing with this tragic loss.”