- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Portland jury has told the state to pay $4.1 million to two girls who said they were molested by their foster mom.

The Oregonian reports (https://goo.gl/PnLNtR) it’s the largest sum levied against the Oregon Department of Human Services.

The girls’ lawyers had sued in Multnomah County Circuit Court, alleging the state failed to protect the girls, then 2 and 4, from their foster mom, Kimberly Vollmer.

The girls’ lawyers said Vollmer never should have been certified as a foster parent. She had been reported to a child-abuse hotline seven times before state workers intervened.

A call to the state agency seeking comment on Sunday was not immediately returned.

The girls have since been adopted by different families. Vollmer pleaded guilty to third-degree assault in one incident and was sentenced in 2013 to three days in jail and three years of probation.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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