CPS case worker forced to resign after police find runaway at her home

Georgiana Springer, 23, arrested by San Marcos police

Georgiana O'Reilly (Springer) (Hays County Jail)

SAN MARCOS, Texas – A Child Protective Services case worker was forced to resign this summer, days after police in San Marcos found a juvenile runaway at her home.

Georgiana Springer, 23, faces a charge of harboring a runaway child, Hays County Jail records show.

County officials declined to release additional details Wednesday, since charging paperwork has not yet been filed by the district attorney’s office.

Springer, who is also listed as Georgiana O’Reilly in some public records, was taken into custody by San Marcos police on July 22.

An SMPD spokeswoman said via email Wednesday that officers were contacted by the New Braunfels Police Department in reference to a possible runaway from that jurisdiction who might have been in San Marcos.

“Our officers responded to the location and upon further investigation located the juvenile at the residence,” the spokeswoman said.

Springer was subsequently charged in the case.

Springer, who was hired by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in January 2021, was forced to resign in lieu of involuntary separation on July 26, four days after her arrest, a DFPS spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

DFPS officials did not provide further comment on the criminal case against Springer.

Springer was featured in an e-news bulletin from Texas State University’s School of Social Work in December 2020.

A university spokeswoman on Wednesday confirmed Springer graduated that fall with a Bachelor of Social Work degree.

“We definitely deny wrongdoing,” said Springer’s criminal defense attorney, William Mitchell, when reached by telephone Wednesday afternoon.

Mitchell added that no illegal activity took place.

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