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NYTimes: $68 Million Damages Settlement Proposed in Florida, NY Adoption Abuse Case

December 30th, 2011   No Comments   Abuse, Adoption, Court Cases

A damage award settlement is being discussed in a case that’s shaken the Florida and New York social services arena for foster, adoptive and disabled children.

In “one of the most disturbing child welfare fraud cases in New York City in recent years,” Judith Leekin “used four aliases to adopt the children, who had physical or developmental disabilities, including autism and retardation, and later moved them to Florida. The children were caged, restrained with plastic ties and handcuffs, beaten with sticks and hangers, and kept out of school, according to court papers. An 11th child disappeared while in Ms. Leekin’s care and is presumed dead,” according to the New York Times.

Florida children’s rights attorney Howard Talenfeld is handling the case.

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