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‘They failed to protect Amy’: Child welfare agency, foster home sued for $5.5M over teen’s suicide – APTN News

April 16, 2019

The family of Amy Jane Owen is suing the child welfare agency and the foster home where the 13-year-old died by suicide thousands of kilometres away from her community.

The statement of claim was filed Tuesday and alleges Tikinagan Child and Family Services and Mary Homes are responsible for Owen’s “wrongful death” April 17, 2017.

“While Amy was in the defendants care the defendants repeatedly ignored diagnosis events, obvious signs, and expert recommendations, which indicated that Amy was at serious risk of self-harm. Their actions and inactions led to the pain and suffering by Amy, and ultimately to her preventable death,” the lawsuit alleges.

APTN News contacted Tikinagan and Mary Homes for comment but didn’t get an immediate response.

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