Civil Rights Win Brings Sexually Assaulted & Neglected Siblings $5 Million Settlement
This was a precedent-setting federal civil rights claim brought by six siblings (collectively called “John Roes” to protect the minors’ identities) who were egregiously physically, sexually and emotionally abused and neglected in a foster / adoptive home in Broward County, Florida.
The foster mother, Jaqui Lynch, locked the children in a 10 x 10 room, which contained only a single blanket on the floor.
The children were thrown into the swimming pool for their daily bath, sometimes inside an egg crate for the amusement of the foster mother’s natural adult children. The children were fed as a group out of a single bowl, did not have their own clothes, and were treated like caged animals. Each evening, the foster mother would give each child a dose of Nyquil so that they would fall asleep early in the evening.