Oklahoma Department of Human Services to pay $9,500 to settle lawsuit over child mix-up

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has agreed to pay $9,500 to settle a lawsuit filed in 2007 after a temporary worker picked the wrong girl up from school.
by Nolan Clay Published: October 26, 2012
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On the way, the DHS worker questioned Ashley Solmi about allegations from the case involving the other girl “all the while Ashley ... kept asking about her parents,” according to the lawsuit.

“The DHS case worker advised Ashley ... they were going to see her father in the hospital. Ashley ... was taken to the Department of Human Services, detained and questioned regarding matters unknown to her. It was only then that DHS employees discovered they had taken the wrong child,” according to the lawsuit.

The family's attorney, Mikel Flores, declined Thursday to comment on the lawsuit.

The judge on Thursday asked how Ashley Solmi was doing.

“She's OK. She's a teenager,” Kimberly Solmi responded.

The judge then asked if the teen had any lasting effects from the incident.

“No,” the mother replied.

Ashley Solmi's share of the two settlements is $12,184.75, court orders show. Her attorney's share for his services and costs is $6,815.25.

Ashley Solmi will not have access to the funds until she turns 18.

The DHS settlement will be paid from insurance funds, Freeman said.

by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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