The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions

Calendar


HeraldNet Headlines
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 2:39 p.m.

Lawyer: State to pay $3M in foster care settlement

SEATTLE -- A lawyer says Washington state has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of two young sisters who were repeatedly raped by their maternal grandfather after they were placed with him in foster care.
The Seattle Times reported that the girls were taken from their mother because of abuse allegations in 2004 and moved through several foster homes before they were placed in their grandfather's Tacoma home in 2007.
The Times said after a criminal investigation began in 2010, the 61-year-old grandfather was convicted of multiple counts of first-degree child rape and first-degree child molestation and sentenced to 50 years in prison.
The lawsuit alleged the state Department of Social and Health Services failed to properly investigate the man.
Lawyer Lincoln Beauregard said the state recently agreed to pay $1.5 million to each girl. He said they have been placed together in a "fantastic foster home."
DSHS spokesman Thomas Shapley said late Wednesday he had no immediate comment.
Story tags » State

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.

loading...