Brother of Torture Victim May Get $4 Million

By Mathew Luschek
|  Sunday, Jan 23, 2011  |  Updated 2:15 PM PDT
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Brother of Torture Victim May Get $4 Million

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The brother of an abused Antioch girl is suing the city of San Francisco for failing to monitor her well being while in foster care. He may receive $4 million, reports the Contra Costa Times.

15-year-old Jazzmin Davis, died in the care of her aunt Shemeeka Davis who was charged in 2008 in her death and torture. Davis' autopsy report showed she weighed just 78 pounds and had scars, burn marks and five broken teeth.

The head of San Francisco's Human Services Agency told Bay Area News Group in 2008 that staff members violated state regulations by not requiring regular medical and school reports from the aunt.

Darren Kessler, the attorney for Jazzmin's brother, declined to comment on the lawsuit, but he said it is the worse case he has ever seen.

"This whole case and its outcome is ultimately about how the system, and its lack of protection, failed these kids," he said.

"It should be a wake-up call for the sake of these kids and all the others in foster care."

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