DSHS settles with Yakima woman for $6.55 million in child abuse case
SEATTLE – Attorneys for A Yakima woman and her six grandchildren announced a $6.55 million settlement with the Department of Social and Health Services Tuesday for a lack of response by Child Protective Services for years of physical and sexual abuse.
The settlement awards $300,000 to two children for physical abuse and a total of $5.95 million for physical and sexual abuse. DSHS and attorneys came to an agreement the night before the trial phase of the case was set to begin on Feb. 1.
The file for the children was destroyed by DSHS, according to Tamaki Law. Other documents and medical records were on file but according to the family's attorneys, the agency did not follow up on complaints and marked the case as a low priority.
The grandmother of the children had filed more than 33 complaints during an eight-year span and first suspected her son-in-law was abusing the children in 1992. She later received custody in April 2000, her attorney said in a news release Tuesday.
The family has requested privacy and is speaking about the case through its legal team.