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

A woman who gave birth at age 12 says she suffered 15 more years of abuse at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend because the state failed to investigate properly. Her legal settlement is one of the biggest ever against the Department of Social and Health Services in a single-plaintiff case.

(OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON) — 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.

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