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4 years on, still no trial for Anchorage adoptive mother accused of abuse

4 years on, still no trial for Anchorage adoptive mother accused of abuse, kidnapping Michelle Theriault Boots – September 6, 2015 “Zemira James was a bone-thin 15-year-old when she was rescued from the home of the woman who had adopted her from Alaska’s foster care system. That was back in October 2010. When Anya James was […]

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Fairbanks school district to pay $920,000 settlement to sex abuse victim’s family

“The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District will pay $920,000 to the family of a student who allegedly was raped by a tutor at Hutchison High School last school year. Hutchison tutor Claude Fowlkes III was arrested in March on allegations of sexual abuse of a minor, which allegedly took place during several months last […]

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Abuse victim wins $1 million settlement in lawsuit against OCS

“State caseworkers didn’t see the honey bucket in the little boy’s room or the lock on the outside of his bedroom door. When workers gave Patrick and Sherry Kelley a fifth child for adoption in July 2000, they never looked back. A worried aunt flew up from Florida when that little boy was 7, went […]

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Sisters awarded $2 million for years of abuse in state care

“The state of Alaska was supposed to protect the sisters from a mother who drank and did drugs, and from the increasing violence between her and their stepfather. But, a Kenai jury recently found, the state put them in places even worse. They suffered years of mistreatment, including sexual abuse in foster care, and the […]

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