A lawyer says the Washington state Department of Social and Health Services has agreed to pay $2.85 million to a boy whose brother was at the center of a dramatic Snohomish County child abuse case.
Lawyer David Moody says the companion case was settled Friday. A Snohomish County lawsuit involving Joey Abegg was set to go to trial Monday.
A DSHS spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment Friday night.
Moody says despite many warnings of neglect, abuse and malnourishment, the state failed to protect Joey Abegg between the ages of 3 and 7.
A lawsuit over the near-fatal starving of Joey's younger brother Shayne Abegg was earlier settled for $6 million. Cynthia Gibson of Moody's firm says the state paid $5 million while other defendants paid the remainder.
Shayne's father, Danny Abegg, and Abegg's live-in girlfriend, Marilea Mitchell, were convicted of criminal mistreatment and sentenced to eight years in prison in his case.