The $1.5 million lawsuit alleges the State of Oregon failed to investigated multiple allegations of abuse stretching back to 2006 and a documented history of prior child abuse in California. An internal Department of Human Services investigation (pdf) was also critical of the incident team that handled the case.
Under Oregon Law, as Jeanette’s lone qualified heir a majority of the lawsuit’s damages would go to her father, Anthony Maples. He had not been in touch with his daughter for a decade prior to her death. From 1990-2008, Anthony Maples has had nine drug possession convictions, five of which included methamphetamine charges. According to a June 2010 petition to represent Jeanette’s estate, Maples has been sober for 16 months.
What’s your reaction to Jeanette Maples death? To the lawsuit? What lessons do you think officials should take from this incident?