SACRAMENTO — A former resident of a children's group home in Northern California has been awarded nearly $4.5 million after jurors found he was severely neglected by the home's caregivers while living at the facility.
The Sacramento Bee reports the jurors determined Tuesday that EMQ FamiliesFirst caused the child emotional distress and concealed information from him and his family.
The alleged neglect took place at the Davis group home in 2012 and 2013, starting when the boy was 11.
The plaintiff's attorney alleged in court documents that the boy had been sexually and physically assaulted while away from the home one night.
The group home ultimately lost its state license in 2013.
It had shed about 100 employees amid allegations of sexual assaults and unsupervised children walking away from the facility.