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$1.5 million settlement in child's foster care death

According to court documents, it is "one of the highest settlements against a government entity in Minnesota on claims involving the deliberate indifference to the welfare of a foster child."

MINNEAPOLIS - Hennepin County reached a $1.5 million settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit of a six-year-old girl found dead in a Brooklyn Park foster home in 2014.

According to court documents, it is "one of the highest settlements against a government entity in Minnesota on claims involving the deliberate indifference to the welfare of a foster child."

Six-year-old Kendrea Johnson was found hanging from a bunk bed in her bedroom on Dec. 27, 2014.

Police say her death was either suicide or a tragic accident. Hennepin County reached the settlement with Johnson's grandmother.

Hennepin County has a issued a statement: “Any loss of life is tragic, but the loss of someone so young is especially tragic. We are here to protect children - and we do that every day. We take that charge very seriously. However, in light of the significant costs and uncertainties, settling this lawsuit was in the best interest of all the parties involved.”

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