The birth mother of Dominic Elkins filed the lawsuit. Elkins had been placed with a foster family in Logan, Iowa. Another foster kid in the home who was 17 years old killed the five-year-old when the foster parents were not in the house. That teenager was charged and found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Attorneys for the five-year-old’s mother argued state officials should not have placed the two boys in the same foster care home. Last fall the state agreed to pay $300,000 from the “Foster Home Insurance Fund.” This week the State Appeal Board approved another $175,000 payment from the state to settle the case out of court.
On Monday, the legislature’s Oversight Committees held a hearing to examine the state’s child welfare system, including foster care.