Foster Parents Sued Over Toddler’s Death

Foster Parents Sued Over Toddler’s Death

A couple filed a wrongful death lawsuit against two foster parents, the Mesa County Department of Human Services in Denver, and a caseworker after their toddler died in the care of the foster family.

The child's parents, James D. Weber and Candace Palmer, allege that Kalieb Palmer's death was a result of the negligence of the foster parents who had a duty to care for their son.

Kalieb Palmer was born eight weeks premature and developed chronic lung disease as well as apnea—a condition in which he occasionally stopped breathing. According to the lawsuit, Kalieb required an apnea monitor and oxygen in addition to frequent monitoring.

The Mesa County Department of Human Services got custody of the toddler in 2003 under conditions not stated in the lawsuit.

Kalieb was transferred to live with his foster parents Marie and Robert Reigan and died in 2004 under their care. The lawsuit claims the Reigans failed to monitor the toddler's condition and failed to use the apnea monitor. Kalieb stopped breathing on April 22, 2004 and wasn't revived.

According to the lawsuit, the foster parents' negligence and breach of duties “directly and proximately caused Kalieb Palmer's death.”

The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, funeral and burial costs, attorney fees, reduce enjoyment of life, loss of companionship “and further relief as the court may deem appropriate, just and proper.”

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