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Hawaii to fight ruling in death of sailor's son

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii officials will fight a judge's ruling in the death of a 14-month-old boy that found the state Department of Human Services equally negligent as the child's Navy diver father.

A judge ruled Matthew McVeigh and the DHS were equally responsible for the 2009 death of Brayden McVeigh. The toddler died after suffering massive hemorrhaging and a severely swollen brain from being struck or shaken.

The judge also awarded the boy's grandmother Terri Polm $250,000 in the wrongful-death lawsuit.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday attorney general spokeswoman Anne Lopez says the state plans to file an appeals brief next month. DHS contests some of the judge's findings in a statement to the newspaper. The department says McVeigh caused the boy's death.

McVeigh is serving a 12-year prison sentence.


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