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Purcell day care, DHS settle abuse allegations

BY RANDY ELLIS Modified: October 16, 2008 at 12:01 am •  Published: October 16, 2008
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photo - Dragon's  Den Childcare and Preschool is located next door to the Purcell Department of Human Services office on Wednesday, June 27, 2007. BY STEVE SISNEY
Dragon's Den Childcare and Preschool is located next door to the Purcell Department of Human Services office on Wednesday, June 27, 2007. BY STEVE SISNEY

/> DHS will pay each child $12,500, and the city of Purcell’s insurer will pay each child $3,750 as part of the settlement.

The rest payments will be the responsibility of Dragon’s Den, Richard and Cindy Rogers, or their insurance company, The Oklahoman has learned.

The settlement contained no admission of wrongdoing.

Robert Haupt, attorney for the children’s families, said settling the case saved the children from the trauma of having to relive their experiences by testifying in a courtroom.

Even though the state and the city denied liability, Haupt said he thinks civil lawsuits like these are important because they can "encourage, if not force” officials to make changes in their policies and procedures.

David Kirk, Purcell’s attorney, said he doesn’t think police officers or the city did anything wrong, but it was cheaper to settle the case than fight it.

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