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Hawaii loses appeal of negligence ruling in baby's death

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii appeals court has affirmed a ruling that found the state Department of Human Services negligent in the death of a Navy diver's 14-month-old son.

The state attorney general's office is reviewing whether to appeal to the Hawaii Supreme Court a decision that awards $134,000 from the state to the boy's maternal grandmother.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday interest accrues while the state mulls it over.

A jury found Matthew McVeigh guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of his son Brayden, who suffered massive hemorrhaging and a severely swollen brain from being struck or shaken.

A civil case found the state equally negligent as McVeigh. The 2013 ruling says a human services social worker repeatedly dropped the ball in monitoring the child's well-being.

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