Jury Awards Former Foster Child $2 Million From State Of Oregon Over Abuse Suffered At Hands Of Foster Parents
A Multnomah County jury unanimously awarded $2 million Wednesday to a former foster child who was abused and starved for two years while under the watch of state child welfare workers.
An attorney for the boy successfully argued that the Oregon Department of Human Services repeatedly failed to protect the boy despite repeated reports to a child-abuse hotline. The boy lived in the Clackamas County foster home of Thelma and William Beaver from 2002 to 2004. He weighed more at age 1, when he moved into the home, than at age 3, about the time he was removed from the home.
B.D.’s older sister, then known as Jordan Knapp, also suffered. She weighed just 28 pounds at age 5, when she was flown by Life Flight helicopter to OHSU with a broken skull. The girl’s injury — not a long list of reports of suspected abuse to the hotline — spurred DHS to remove the children from the foster home for good.
Attorney Scott Kocher filed suit on behalf of Jordan, and days before B.D.’s trial, settled the case with the state for $1.5 million. Click Here To Continue Reading >>
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