State to pay in abuse lawsuit

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state has agreed to pay $367,500 to a woman who claimed the state violated her rights by failing to protect her from being abused by her mother.

The Seattle Times reports ( that the 23-year-old woman sued in King County Superior Court in December 2011 over alleged abuses as a child.

She claimed the state Department of Department of Social and Health Services received repeated complaints about the mother but did not intervene, until the mother was arrested for threatening her then 12-year-old daughter with a steak knife.

The daughter's lawyer, Tyler Firkins, said the state then allowed the mother to regain custody of her daughter, who ran away.

The state will pay the money but did not admit wrongdoing, under a settlement reached in October and finalized this week. A DSHS spokeswoman says the agency does its best and when that fails, it does what it can to improve or rectify a situation.


Information from: The Seattle Times,

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