- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - A $27 million claim has been filed against the state Department of Social and Health Services in connection with the abuse and neglect of a disabled teen.

KING-TV reports (https://kng5.tv/1MPrGgR ) the claim filed Monday accuses the DSHS of failing to remove Heather Curtis from her caretakers in North Bend even after the department received several reports of her being neglected.

Curtis, who is blind and has cerebral palsy, was taken from the couple that had been caring for her, April and Jeff Henderson, in October 2012. When a group of responders removed her from the home, Curtis was 19 years old and weighed only 68 pounds.

The couple eventually pleaded guilty to criminal mistreatment and was sentenced to nine months of home detention.

The Hendersons couldn’t be reached for comment.


Information from: KING-TV, https://www.king5.com/

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