KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Ellis
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A woman who gave birth to her first child at the age of 12 and her second ten months later will receive $3 million dollars from the state in a settlement deal.
Her mother’s boyfriend is the suspected father of both children.
In 1995, the girl, her mother, her mother’s boyfriend moved to Spokane from Bellingham.
The first child was born in Spokane.
The victim’s lawyer, Darrell Cochran says a hospital social worker told DSHS she suspected the boyfriend was the father.
Cochran says police officers and educators in Bellingham also told DSHS they believed the same man got the girl pregnant.
But still, nothing was done to stop the abuse.
A statement from DSHS says, “The child stated the father was a student she met briefly at a school she had attended. Neither the child nor her mother disclosed any information that the child had been sexually abused.”