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Settlement reached in mother's lawsuit over daughter's death

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By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The mother of a 5-year-old girl killed at the hands of a former Hawaii-based soldier has settled a civil lawsuit against the government.

Tarshia Williams filed the lawsuit against the government over the death of her daughter, Talia. The lawsuit claims the military didn't report to the proper authorities that Talia's father and stepmother "abused and tortured" her throughout the seven months she lived in Hawaii.

In what was the first death penalty case to go to trial in the history of Hawaii's statehood, Naeem Williams was convicted of murder in his daughter's death and sentenced to life in prison.

A non-jury trial was scheduled for June in Tarshia Williams' lawsuit. According to court records online, a settlement was reached last week.

Details are to be announced in court Tuesday.

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