The family Kendrea Johnson (pictured), a six-year-old girl who killed herself while in foster care four years ago, have settled with the county for $1.5million
Hennepin County has reached a $1.5million settlement with the grandmother of a six-year-old girl who died in foster care four years ago.
Mary Broadus originally sought $20million in her federal wrongful death lawsuit which accused the county, foster care providers and mental health professionals of ignoring Kendrea Johnson’s frequent suicidal thoughts.
The girl was found hanging from a jump rope in her foster home in December 2014.iPhone transfer software
Johnson’s attorneys tell the Star Tribune the settlement is a victory for the family and all children in foster care
'Obviously, they’d rather have their loved one,' attorney Jeff Monpetit said. 'There is a small amount of satisfaction and vindication in the fact that what they set to accomplish is get the county to reevaluate how they handle the … needs of kids in foster care.'
In an interview with KSTP after the ruling was made public, Broadus said nothing can replace the loss of her beloved granddaughter.
Mary Broadus (pictured), the girl's grandmother, who filed the lawsuit and was named trustee, said money will never replace the granddaughter that she lost
'It will never be over for me because I'll always have those feelings,' she said.
However, she cheers herself with the happy memories she has of her granddaughter.
'I just think of her smiling at me and I'm at peace,' she said.
The settlement was disclosed in a court document filed Wednesday, concerning the distribution of the award.
Kendrea is pictured above with her mother Dareesha, who is pocketing 25 per cent of the award. Kendrea was pulled out of her home in January 2014 when she was found