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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Family in Indiana Awarded $25M in Child Death Suit

From The Washington Post:

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana officials have agreed to pay $25 million to a couple who was wrongfully accused in the death of their 14-year-old daughter.

The lawsuit filed by Jessica Salyer’s family was dismissed Wednesday after the settlement was reached.

Court documents allege the state Department of Child Services pursued a neglect case against her parents, Roman and Lynnette Finnegan, despite an investigation that showed Jessica died in 2005 from taking prescribed medications that had a fatal interaction.

The department removed two of the Finnegan’s other children from their home and placed them in foster care. The Finnegans were arrested, but the charges were later dropped. They then sued three of the department’s workers, an Indiana State Police detective and a doctor in 2008.

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