Negligence Lawsuit Filed in Daughter's Death ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Negligence Lawsuit Filed in Daughter's Death

Patricia Sotelo has filed a negligence lawsuit alleging that various state and private agencies didn’t do their jobs when they placed her daughter, Sirita Sotelo, in the home of the father. Sirita had been in and out of foster homes before her father, John Ewell, was awarded custody of Sirita in 2003. Sirita died Jan. 21, 2005, at her father’s Lake Stevens home. Her stepmother, Heather Ewell, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to eight years in prison. According to court documents, Heather Ewell beat Sirita to death after she wet her pants. The suit alleges that the state Department of Social and Health Services, and its various agencies failed to properly investigate Sirita's father to determine if placement in his home was safe.

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