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Jurors grant $600,000 award in sex-abuse lawsuit

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OLYMPIA — A Thurston County jury has awarded $600,000 to a former foster child at the center of an investigation into allegations of ritual sex abuse in Wenatchee in the mid-1990s. The jury on Monday found that the state Department of Social and Health Services and a former DSHS counselor, Connie Saracino, were negligent in failing to act more quickly to remove the then-11-year-old girl from the home of a former Wenatchee police detective after allegations of neglect came to light.

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