Family sues Idaho after child dies in foster care


COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) _ The family of a northern Idaho
toddler who died after sustaining injuries while in foster care has
filed a lawsuit against the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare,
the foster parents, and two state employees.
The child's biological mother, Samantha Richardson, and maternal
grandmother, Karin Rogers, filed the lawsuit last month in federal
court. The Spokesman-Review reports that the family is seeking at
least $50,000 along with attorney fees.
Two-year-old Karina Janay Moore died Jan. 16, 2009, about a week
after a foster parent told police the girl fell down a flight of
carpeted stairs at the Post Falls foster home.
The Medical Examiner's Office in Spokane County in Washington
state ruled the death a homicide due to blunt force head injuries.
Police say no arrests have been made.
Officials at the state Department of Health and Welfare declined
to comment.

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