Ore. to pay $1.5M in torture death lawsuit

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The state of Oregon has agreed to pay $1.5 million to the estate of a murdered Eugene teenager.

The settlement will resolve a lawsuit alleging that negligence by state child protection workers led to Jeanette Maples' starvation, torture and beating death at the hands of her mother.

The settlement document was filed this week in Lane County Circuit Court.

Probate records show the lawyer who filed suit, David Paul, will receive $500,000 in attorney's fees and the rest will be paid to Jeanette's biological father, Anthony Maples.

The 15-year-old was starved and beaten to death in 2009. Her mother, Angela McAnulty, was sentenced to death after pleading guilty to aggravated murder. She remains on Oregon's death row even though Gov. John Kitzhaber has said there will be no executions during his tenure. The girl's stepfather, Richard McAnulty, is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to murder by abuse.

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