Colorado

Mar 3, 2010 8:35 AM by Associated Press

County settles lawsuit over child's death

El Paso County will pay $300,000 to the mother of a 2-year-old girl who died in foster care.

The county commissioners approved the out-of-court settlement Tuesday in the lawsuit filed after Alize Vick died in 2007. Officials say the settlement means all claims brought against the county's Department of Human Services in the lawsuit are dismissed.

Thirty-six-year-old Jules Lynn Cuneo was convicted last month of child abuse and reckless manslaughter for the child's death. Prosecutors say Cuneo threw the girl across the living room, causing fatal injuries when she hit her head on a coffee table.

The death prompted criticism of Colorado's foster care system.

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