A mom at 12: Sex-abuse victim to receive $3M from DSHS

The Seattle TimesMarch 11, 2014 

Washington state has agreed to pay $3 million to a woman who claimed officials did not properly investigate when she gave birth at age 12 after receiving essentially no prenatal care.

As a result, the woman, who identified herself by the initials R.R., said she was made to suffer 15 more years of sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of the baby’s father -- her mother’s boyfriend.

R.R. will now receive one of the biggest-ever legal settlements from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) in a single-plaintiff case, according to the state.

“This was an outrageous failure on DSHS’ part,” said Michael Pfau, who along with Jason Amala represented R.R. “They did virtually no investigation concerning a 12-year-old pregnant girl, which allowed her to essentially be held captive for over a decade and raped on a daily basis.”

The settlement averts a trial in a lawsuit filed in Pierce County Superior Court in April 2012.

State officials said they did not acknowledge any wrongdoing in the settlement.

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