OR Human Services department sued over teen death

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A $1.5 million lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Human Services accuses the agency of failing to prevent the death of Eugene teenager Jeanette Maples.

The Register Guard reports (http://bit.ly/pMfTSr) the lawsuit was filed Lane County Circuit Court by Portland lawyer David Paul on behalf of her estate.

The 15-year-old was starved and beaten to death in 2009. Her mother, Angela McAnulty, is on death row after pleading guilty to aggravated murder. Her stepfather, Richard McAnulty is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to murder by abuse.

The lawsuit says the agency failed to reasonably respond to reports of abuse.

The Oregon attorney general's office will defend the agency.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com