Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Filed After 2-Year-Old’s Death

A photo of Whitney Williams, who was only 2-years-old when she died after being physically abused.
A photo of Whitney Williams, who was only 2-years-old when she died after being physically abused.
09/27/2005
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP)– The Somerset County Department of Social Services on Monday settled a suit brought by the father of a fatally abused child for $50,000.
The father, Clark Bell, sued Somerset County Social Services for $1 million, claiming the agency ignored reports that his daughter, 2-year-old Whitney Williams, was being abused at her mother’s home.
Whitney died in October 2002. Her mother, Carole Anne Quillen, was convicted of manslaughter and was sentenced to a five-year prison term. Quillen’s boyfriend, Christopher Allen, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for child abuse resulting in death.
Bell will receive $48,000. Another $2,000 was granted to the Williams estate, which in effect grants $1,000 each to Bell and Quillen. (Source: Somerset County, MD)

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