Parents of child who died in foster care sue caregivers, state

Parents of child who died in foster care sue caregivers, state
Fabian Garcia was 3 when he died in foster care. His mother suspects he was abused. (Image: Family)

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - The parents of a child who died while in foster care have filed a lawsuit accusing the caregivers and associated agencies of negligence.

West Hawaii Today reported Saturday that the parents of 3-year-old Fabian Garett-Garcia have filed a wrongful death lawsuit over the boy’s death in July 2017.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Hawaii’s Third Circuit Court by Sherri-Ann Garett and Juben Garcia names the state Department of Human Services, the Catholic Charities organization, and caregivers Chasity Alcosiba-McKenzie and Clifton McKenzie.

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A medical examiner says the boy died from non-accidental blunt force trauma to the head.

West Hawaii Today was unable to reach Alcosiba-McKenzie or McKenzie or find an attorney for either one.

Catholic Charities and the human services department said Friday they had not yet received the complaint.

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